© 2018 Christine Makarewicz-Villaire, LCPC, ATR-BC

About

Christine

My therapeutic approach

I have a warm, supportive and interactive style and actively listen with an objective and compassionate ear. I recognize that starting therapy is a big step, and that by taking it, you’re ready for something to change. 

 

I also know that everyone’s pace is unique and the process will go at the speed that works for you. The therapeutic relationship is built on trust and mutual respect, and it requires a good match.

 

I use both art therapy and traditional talk therapy, and based on your needs and comfort level, will use one or both of these.  

 

I work from several treatment orientations

Professional background

I'm a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist. I received a Master’s degree in Art Therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

and have been practicing for 20 years.

 

In my private practice, I work with adults struggling with life transitions, social and family issues, trauma, grief and loss, coping with symptoms of depression and anxiety, stress management, and personal growth and development. My private practice is located on Chicago’s north side, across from Horner Park.

 

I've been a practicing therapist for two decades. During that time, I've worked as  a counselor and art therapist in a variety of community-based treatment settings with a diverse range of clients for 18 years. Most of that work was with adults, families and children who experienced trauma, domestic/intimate partner violence, homelessness, mental health issues and substance use disorders. In addition to the community-based work, I've been in private practice for about 10 years.

 

I have also worked as a therapist in inpatient and outpatient programs within psychiatric hospitals and have trained and supervised many graduate art therapy students.  

 

My range of experience has consistently showed me how resilient the human spirit is, and given the right support, proof that it can flourish!

 

I belong to the following professional organizations:

American Art Therapy Association 

Illinois Art Therapy Association

Illinois Mental Health Counselors Association

Illinois Counseling Association