Alyse Ruriani (she/they)

Not Accepting Clients

I’m a queer art therapist & counselor who provides therapy that is down-to-earth, collaborative, anti-oppressive, and affirming.

Therapist in Chicago, IL
Supervised by Andie Baumgartner, LCPC

About My Clients

Let’s face it–shit has hit the fan. Between the pandemic, systems of oppression, and so much uncertainty...we’re all trying to figure it out. Plus, you have things you were already dealing with– depression, anxiety, relationship issues, hopelessness, existential questions...Maybe you’re tired of “blank slate” therapists. You want to explore healing in a new way, like through art. You want space to process your past & present experiences, and to figure out how you want to live in your future.

My Background and Approach

If you’re looking for someone who "gets" it– who validates your experiences, doesn't need education on your gender or sexuality, and who has been on that side of the couch–then you're in the perfect place. Hi! I'm Alyse. I am an art therapist & licensed professional counselor. I use a person-centered, trauma-informed, relational-cultural approach and incorporate principles from harm reduction, attachment theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Health at Every Size, feminist psychodynamic, and lived experience. I believe art can be a vehicle for healing, exploration, and discovery for artists and non-artists alike. I know how scary it can be to reach out for help–especially if you’ve been let down before by those who were supposed to help you. I’ve been there, too. But I also know how wonderful and fulfilling life can be when you get the help you need. So if you can muster up the courage to take that step, we can figure out the rest together.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As a queer femme therapist, I know how vital community can be for our health and wellbeing. As a therapist with lived experience of mental health struggles, I know the harm of pathologization and the healing of authentic, nonjudgmental support. As a fat person, I know the pain of weight stigma and the liberation from working through internalized fatphobia. As a suicide attempt survivor, I know what it is like to feel like there is only one way out of the dark. As a human with both privileged and oppressed identities, I know how important it is to be attuned to the realities that are brought into the room and recognize their impact on all aspects of life to get the full picture.

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Out of Network
  • Aetna
  • Blue Choice
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 4 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $155 - 250/session


7732573390 Email Alyse
4846 N Clark St
Unit 100
Chicago, IL 60640

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