MS, ATR-BC, LPC, CPCS
DIRECTOR OF ATLANTA OFFICE
Chelsea is the Director of the Atlanta 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.
INTERN PROGRAM SUPERVISOR
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.
MA, LPC, NCC, CCATP-CA
Courtney is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Board Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English, with a minor in Accounting from the University of South Florida, and her Master of Education in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia. Her passion includes working with children, teens, and young adults (ages 3-21) from all walks of life and adapts treatment based on the client’s need and their cultural background. Courtney takes an eclectic approach to therapy incorporating Person-Centered, Holistic, and Systemic Therapy. With younger kids, Courtney uses a combination of behavioral, play and art therapy techniques.
Courtney’s background includes supporting kids with anxiety (including OCD), depression, behavioral challenges (including Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), low self-esteem, life transition, changes in family structure (blending / merging families and families going through divorce), school challenges (bullying and unlearned social skills), and trauma history.
Courtney’s goal is to provide each client with a safe space to unpack. She believes the therapeutic relationship is the most important thing and wants to ensure each of her client’s feels safe and heard so they can tell their story, build on their individual strengths, and learn effective coping skills.
Prior to coming to Art It Out, Courtney worked as a Reunification Therapist in Northern Colorado. Courtney has extensive experience with blending and merging families, high conflict divorce cases, and supporting children through trauma and abuse (physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual). Courtney enjoys incorporating the family in her therapeutic process and collaborating with teachers to increase client success beyond the therapy room. Courtney’s passion is to help her clients identify, understand, and express their emotions in a healthy way. Courtney has Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training and is a Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP-CA).
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.
Jessica is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University. Jessica’s clinical experience includes working with children (5-year-olds and above), teens, and adults in multiple settings, providing individual and family therapy as well as parenting support.
Jessica began her mental health career by serving as an intake coordinator—providing psychosocial assessments for a transitional housing program in Houston, Texas. Jessica’s most recent experience has been serving as a Child Advocate, through a domestic violence shelter in South Georgia and, as a Mental Health Therapist for children and youth. Jessica is passionate about supporting and educating her clients on the utilization of coping skills that help them to navigate through challenging transitions and events in their life. Jessica is a firm believer of mental health being important for overall health. She loves incorporating creative interventions to promote therapeutic growth with her clients. In her free time, Jessica enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica has experience working with trauma, domestic violence, homelessness, grief, depression, anxiety, and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Jessica serves her clients from a strengths-based and solutions-focused perspective. She loves to assist clients in accessing what they already have within them to heal.
Jessica is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
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 under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, 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.
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.
MEd, NCC, LAPC
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 under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, 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 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 Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
JENNIFER (JENN) SHELL
MA, NCC, LAPC
Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree with a double major in Secondary Education and History. She also earned her master's degree in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Jenn interned at Art It Out and found a passion for combining art with teaching therapeutic skills. In her previous career, Jenn was in a visual and creative field. Her transition to become a therapist was rooted in the love for helping and working creatively with clients of all ages.
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 person's life outside of the therapy session. She 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. Jenn is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
Alyx is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (LAPC). She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University in 2014 and Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Brenau University in 2020. She firmly believes counseling and therapy can serve as a wonderful tool to your overall well-being and mental health and loves helping others on their journey to wellness, no matter how big or how small the goals.
Over the past two years, she has built on her experience working with children, specifically in a therapeutic setting. Alyx often utilizes expressive art therapy techniques and play therapy techniques to best support children but also incorporates other techniques as needed. She especially enjoys supporting children who struggle displaying appropriate social skills, managing ADHD, experience a lack of impulse control, or struggle forming satisfying friendships. When it comes to teen and young adult clients, Alyx enjoys aiding those clients in identifying and navigating stress and unhealthy habits. Overall, she is very passionate about serving children, parents, and adults alike.
Alyx also integrates a cognitive-behavioral approach throughout the various interventions used and believes if clients are able to challenge and reshape unhelpful thought processes, they can better help themselves navigate challenging moments when it counts the most. Ultimately, Alyx aims to create a place for clients to feel comfortable and supported being their true selves while simultaneously equipping them with the necessary tools to achieve a healthy state of mind. Alyx is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
MS, NCC, LAPC
Jenna is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and associate professional counselor (LAPC). She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Queen’s University of Charlotte. Jenna has seven years of experience working with children as a preschool teacher. In this role she continues to nurture not only the academic but the social and emotional growth of her students.
Jenna has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, grief/loss, divorce, life changes, fear, frustration, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), perfectionism, and executive functioning. Jenna leans towards cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and play therapy. She utilizes a strengths-based approach focusing on the individual and their positive abilities. Jenna believes that family involvement is essential for children and adolescents in therapy and encourages familial collaboration. While creating a safe, warm, and positive environment, she provides a controlled space for clients to practice learned skills and techniques. With a history in the theatre, she is outgoing, energetic, and creative. Jenna often utilizes her creativity in the form of art or movement activities. Jenna is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
Caroline is currently working towards licensure as an associate professional counselor (LAPC). She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. She is passionate about empowering others through a holistic approach by utilizing Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Expressive Therapy. With a strong focus on the therapeutic alliance, Caroline values authenticity and strives to create a safe, empowering, and collaborative environment for her clients. She is under the supervision of Chelsea Harris, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS.
Through a strengths-based approach, Caroline works with individuals of all ages to support them in reaching their unique mental health goals. She has experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, and life transitions, in addition to helping to strengthen social skills and improve self-esteem. She believes all people are capable of profound growth and often just need a supportive and safe environment to achieve their mental health goals.