Ms. Emalee Kay, LCPC, ATR-BC

Preferred Name: Emalee

Online Therapy

About Me

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist, I approach the needs of my clients with customized treatment strategies and collaborative care. Every client that comes to therapy is sharing and their personal truth and life experiences. I respect the vulnerability that comes with the therapeutic process and strive to provide a safe and challenging environment in order to promote personal growth and achievement. I know that therapy and self-exploration can be hard to navigate but with guidance and support the therapeutic process can deliver such triumph over difficult circumstances.

Education & Experience

I started my journey in the helping professions with gaining admission to Adler University's Master of Art: Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy program. During the program I gained much experience during my double clinical internship at Cermak Health Services within the Cook County Department of Corrections, and a non-for-profit called Sacred Transformations. After Graduate school I was hired as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Sertoma Centre in Matteson, IL; a non profit organization devoted to serving individuals with mental health disabilities. During this time I was able to formulate quality clinical services in the form of individual therapy, and Outpatient and Psychosocial rehabilitation groups. In July of 2020, amidst a global pandemic, I founded Creative Approaches to Therapy Inc. I knew there was a need for creative, engaging, and accessible therapeutic services and I wanted to use my experience and education to contribute to the fulfillment of these needs.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Volunteer affiliate with The Art Colletive Charity.

Specialty Area

  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Correctional Facility
  • Couples
  • Expats
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • Infants/Toddlers (0-3)
  • Juvenile Correctional Facility
  • LGBTQ+
  • Residential Treatment Facility
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veteran Center
  • Veterans/Military


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth