MS, ATR-BC, LPC, CPCS
DIRECTOR OF VININGS OFICE
Chelsea is the Director of the Vinings Office. She is a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and obtained her Masters of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University. Chelsea discovered her passion of using art to help others at a young age. She observed the power of art as an alternate form of communication and avenue for healing through programs offered at a local homeless shelter run by her father. Chelsea has experience working as an art therapist and counselor in multiple therapeutic settings, including Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, Progressive Pediatrics, and Pyramid, Inc. Her specialization is working with clients who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as individuals living with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.
Chelsea has experience helping individuals with anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, struggles with transitions, and friendship struggles. Chelsea previously was the Coordinator of the preschool program at Early Emory, the Emory Autism Center’s lab school. There, Chelsea developed an art-based program called Social and Adaptive Learning through Visual Expression (SALVE) for adults on the autism spectrum. She was awarded a grant from Autism Speaks in order to fund SALVE’s mission of teaching people with autism how to use visual arts as a method of expressing themselves to connect with the world around them. Chelsea has also conducted a number of research studies exploring art therapy as a treatment intervention for ASD including “Discovering Good Practice for Art Therapy with Children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Results of a Small Survey,” recently published in The Arts in Psychotherapy. Chelsea provides individual and group therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. These services focus on assessment, emotional recognition, coping skills, anxiety, empowerment, motor skills, communication skills, behavioral techniques, parental support, art therapy, social skills, attention span, and stress management. Chelsea assists parents and teachers in creating and implementing behavior management plans to encourage children to engage in more positive desired behavior.
Alex is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and obtained both her Master’s of Education in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. She has worked with children and teens with a variety of goals and needs, such as: improving self-esteem and body image, observing and reframing negative self-talk, fostering resiliency, developing healthy coping skills, behavioral management, emotional recognition and regulation, flexible thinking, and developing social skills.
Alex also has a specialty in working with children and teens with anxiety and depression. Alex has a unique skill of using creative art, empathy and positive regard within the therapy setting to help individuals gain positive coping skills. She believes in the importance of the counseling relationship and truly values trust and open communication as key aspects for therapeutic progress.
Alex utilizes mindfulness-based techniques in supporting individuals to better achieve their goals. She is CBT-focused and encourages individuals to recognize how their own thinking affects their mood, relationships with others, and behaviors. She believes that stability and happiness come from challenging dysfunctional thinking and practicing positive thinking and coping skills.
In addition to supporting children and teens, Alex fosters communication among the entire family. She provides support and skills to parents to aid in the healthy functioning of their family and truly values helping parents improve their relationship with their child or teen. Alex has experience working with both individuals and leading social skills groups.
Alexandra is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She obtained her Masters of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Georgia in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clemson University in 2012.
Alexandra has 9 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Alexandra is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Alexandra has also been trained in Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA). The majority of Alexandra’s experience has been working with high risk youth and adolescents. Alexandra has experience working with crisis behaviors, suicidality, self-harm, depression, mood dysregulation, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiant disorder, and anxiety. Alexandra truly believes that familial involvement in therapy is key to producing change with children and adolescents. Alexandra will often incorporate family sessions into treatment for that reason. Alexandra also believes in approaching therapy from a strength-based perspective in order to help children, adolescents, and families identify their strengths in order to utilize them to create positive changes in their lives.
Kaytie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who completed her Master of Social Work at Kennesaw State University with a focus in Children and Family Services in 2015. Kaytie has extensive experience working with children and teens who have experienced traumatic events, have difficulty adjusting to transitions, display defiant behaviors, experience anxiety or depression, and experience challenges regulating their emotions. She believes that families and their environment play an integral part in a child’s life; thus, she strives to improve family communication and relationships of the clients she works with.
Kaytie's goal is to have the client succeed and thrive in all areas of their lives. Kaytie utilizes a strengths-based approach, as well as motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques, to support her clients in learning and utilizing coping skills to help them navigate through challenging transitions and events in their life. She also believes in utilizing creative approaches to interventions with clients to provide individualistic care and practice.
Prior to coming to Art It Out, Kaytie worked in providing therapeutic care coordination to youth who have experienced commercial child sex exploitation as well as for youth in foster care with severe mental health and behavioral challenges. Kaytie additionally has extensive experience in providing educational wraparound support and advocacy for youth, as well as supporting families and youth with navigating school systems to ensure youth are appropriately supported in their school settings based on their individualized needs. Kaytie is passionate about working with youth and families and enjoys building a trusting relationship with youth to create a safe space for them to express themselves and progress towards their self-identified goals.
MADISON (MADDY) SEYRES
MEd, NCC, LAPC
Maddy obtained both her Master’s of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. Maddy is an associate counselor (LAPC) and is currently under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS. Maddy has a background in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as an ABA Therapist. In therapy, Maddy utilizes an integrative approach that includes Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Expressive Therapy.
Maddy works with a diverse range of stressors and diagnoses including anxiety, ADHD, Autism, behavioral challenges, self-esteem, and social skills. Maddy also works with children and teens to reframe negative self-talk and improve emotional recognition and regulation. Maddy believes that empowering and validating clients are important in their therapeutic process to achieve their goals. In her spare time, Maddy loves to travel, spend time with her puppy, and binge watch Marvel movies.
Adrianna Bourland is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Adrianna earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Human Development from The University of Alabama. Adrianna realized her passion for the social emotional health of children when she entered educational settings following her undergraduate program, working in a learning center to help children with learning disabilities achieve success both educationally and socially emotionally. Once Adrianna obtained her Master’s degree, she became a Primary School Counselor, serving the mental health needs of children between the ages of three and seven.
Adrianna leans into the Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) and Adlerian approaches to therapy. Using a strengths-based approach with her clients, Adrianna assists clients so that they may experience growth and learn skills in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. She feels that every individual is unique, and she strives to help each one meet their full potential. Adrianna is passionate about the positive integration of children into each of their various social settings. With experience from the school system, she enjoys the collaboration with teachers and parents in order to make client success transition outside of the therapeutic environment. Adrianna has experience with the Positive Discipline approach and its application to early childhood educational settings, creating a unique opportunity to collaborate with her client’s teachers and school counselors.
Adrianna has experience working with children struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, maintaining friendships, life transitions, changes in family structure, grief, learning disabilities (LD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Adrianna especially enjoys helping clients with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder manage and understand the symptomology of their disorder, empowering them to use their unique gifts to promote growth and wellness. She is currently under the supervision of Chelsea Harris MS, ATR-BC, LPC, CPCS and Erin Holcomb, LPC, CPCS.
Laura Lozano earned her Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from Florida State University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Visual Arts with a minor in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences along with a certificate in Visual Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida. She is working towards her Licensed Associate Professional Counselor credential along with her Provisional Registered Art Therapist (ATR-P) credential and is currently under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, M.S, ATR-BC, LPC, CPCS. From a young age, Laura experienced the impact of the arts throughout her childhood, especially as a Colombian immigrant away from her native language. Despite growing up in a Western culture, the universal language of the arts permitted identity processing throughout her childhood and into adulthood. Laura is a passionate advocate for cultural sensitivity, increased accessibility through translations for the child and/or parents/guardians and the external influences that may contribute to a child’s development.
Laura has experience predominantly working with children and adolescents faced with depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, transitional difficulties, suicidal ideations, and self-injurious behavior. Previously, she interned in a low-income charter school, FSU’s Multidisciplinary Center with school aged children, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a residential adolescent unit at Honey Lake Clinic with high-risk adolescents.
Laura utilizes a strengths-based, narrative art-based approach when working with children and adolescents to empower them in establishing a new perspective in their current situation. She believes that through the identification of inner/external resources, children and adolescents can develop healthy coping skills, interpersonal effectiveness, and resilience. Laura is committed to meeting each individual where they are at, especially in the context of cultural awareness. She speaks fluent Spanish if preferred by client and/or parent.
Laura Lozano obtuvo su Maestría en Arteterapia de Florida State University y su Licenciatura en Ciencias en Artes Visuales con especialización en Ciencias de la Familia, la Juventud y la Comunidad junto con un certificado en Artes Visuales en Medicina de University of Florida. Ella está trabajando para obtener su credencial de Consejera Profesional Asociada con Licencia junto con su credencial de Terapeuta de Arte Registrada Provisional (ATR-P) y actualmente está bajo la supervisión de Chelsea Harris, M.S, ATR-BC, LPC, CPCS. Desde muy joven, Laura experimentó el empoderamiento al que contribuyeron las artes en su desarrollo infantil, especialmente como inmigrante que se enfrentaba a las barreras del idioma. A pesar de ser una inmigrante colombiana que creció en una cultura occidental, el lenguaje universal de las artes permitió el procesamiento de la identidad a lo largo de su infancia y hasta su edad adulta. Laura es una apasionada defensora de la sensibilidad cultural- especialmente en la accesibilidad a través de traducciones para el niño y/o los padres y las influencias externas que pueden contribuir al desarrollo de un niño.
Laura tiene experiencia trabajando predominantemente con niños y adolescentes que enfrentan depresión, ansiedad, trastorno del espectro autista, dificultades de transición, y ideas suicidas. Anteriormente, hizo practicas profesionales en una escuela de bajos ingresos, el Centro multidisciplinario de FSU, un hospital psiquiátrico para pacientes hospitalizados y una unidad residencial para adolescentes en Honey Lake Clinic con niños de edad escolar y adolescentes de alto riesgo.
Laura utiliza un enfoque basado en el arte narrativo basado en fortalezas cuando trabaja con niños y adolescentes para empoderarlos en el establecimiento de una nueva perspectiva en su situación actual. Ella cree que a través de la identificación de recursos internos/externos, los niños y adolescentes pueden desarrollar habilidades de afrontamiento saludables, habilidades de comunicación y resiliencia. Laura se compromete a personalizar el trabajo con cada niño especialmente en el contexto de la conciencia cultural. Habla español con fluidez si el cliente y/o los padres lo prefieren.
Silvana obtained her Master of Education with a Major in Professional Counseling from the University of West Georgia and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is a culturally competent counselor with extensive experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Silvana is a bilingual native Spanish speaker from Argentina who works with clients with different levels of English proficiency. Silvana believes that language has the power to transport the speaker to a different place and clients use language switching or code-switching to express certain emotions, and recall painful memories.
Silvana is an associate counselor (LAPC) and is currently under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS. Silvana’s clinical experience includes working with preadolescents and adolescents in individual and group settings supporting their academic and social emotional needs.
Silvana’s theoretical approach is rooted in Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Expressive Therapy which includes music and movement. Silvana delivers evidence-based cognitive and behavioral interventions to individuals who experience difficulties with anxiety, anger, behavioral issues, self-worth, self-efficacy, stress, and interpersonal skills..
Because we have a strong tendency to ignore what goes well in life and to selectively focus on what might go wrong, Silvana believes that we must continuously develop a more optimistic outlook, which requires us to intentionally focus our attention on positive experiences while reframing our negative/distorted thoughts. An important step in Silvana’s intervention is to assist children in growing their self-esteem by identifying their strengths and weaknesses and creating SMART goals. Setting goals help children accomplish what they desire out of life.
Danielle is currently working towards licensure as an associate professional counselor (LAPC). She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Kennesaw State University and earned a Master’s degree in psychology with a focus on professional counseling from the University of West Georgia. Her approach to psychotherapy is multimodal, and she incorporates expressive therapies in her practice as a means of assisting children, teens, and adults become integrated and connected. She strives to cultivate a therapeutic relationship that is compassionate, accepting, empathetically attuned, and authentic. By engaging in playful, cooperative, and communicative dimensions of art, she ushers in a creative and unique process necessary for self-understanding, growth, and change.
Through creative and unique expression, Danielle accompanies her clients through the process of developing emotional awareness and regulation, mindfulness and intention, and stimulating positive change. She has experience supporting clients through struggles with grief, anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, the development of social skills and difficulty adjusting to transitions but values the exceptional process of every person.
Danielle is under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS and Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
JENNIFER (JENN) SHELL
Jenn is currently working towards licensure as an associate professional counselor (LAPC). She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and is completing her master's degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Jenn interned at Art It Out for three semesters and found a passion for combining art with teaching therapeutic skills.
Jenn uses art in therapy sessions to: help reduce anxiety, work through emotions that are unspoken, learn and practice new skills, and to create tangible reminders of therapy skills. She values the role of art in helping therapy skills generalize into a child's life outside of the therapy session. She also uses CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and person-centered therapy to process and can help manage depression, self-esteem and anxiety. She aims to create a safe place for clients to share their stories with her and encourages them to express themselves authentically, while challenging them to practice difficult behavior changes. Jenn has experience working with children and teens with: anxiety, anger, oppositional behaviors, grief, trauma, low self-esteem, and who are questioning their own identity. She teaches clients to advocate for themselves (when needed) and find their true confident voice. She is skilled in communicating with parents of her clients and teaching them how to support their children so that the entire family relationships are improved. Jennifer is under the supervision of Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS and Brooke Johnson, LCSW.