Toni Eldemire is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master’s in Art Therapy. In her therapy sessions, Toni provides a safe environment where she will tailor your sessions to meet your unique needs, facilitating personal growth based upon your goals. Toni focuses on creating a supportive, collaborative relationship built on trust.
Toni’s work as a psychotherapist is informed by a relational – cultural, feminist, narrative theories, with a trauma – informed approach to care, and a social justice lens. She believes art-making is a way to externalize oppression, call out injustice, and promote the healing process. Art Therapy can assist people to express themselves in ways that sometimes talking cannot. This nonverbal modality in mental health treatment provides a way to creatively express yourself. One does not have to identify as an ‘artist’ to find art therapy useful, so Toni may incorporate art therapy work into the therapeutic process where appropriate and desired by clients.
Toni has seven years of experience providing psychotherapy and is equally versed in talk therapy and art therapy. She has a Master’s in Community Counseling from Argosy University and a Master’s in Art Therapy and Counseling from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has experience working in middle/high schools, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and Jesse Brown Veteran Medical Center. She works with individuals, couples, and families and regularly addresses a wide range of concerns in her work, including but not limited to: stress management, relationships, self – esteem, anxiety, LGBTQ concerns/identities, trauma, grief/loss, depression, chronic medical issues, developmental disabilities, severe and chronic mental illness and substance use disorders. Toni strongly believes that as individuals, we never stop growing and evolving, and learning from each other.