Rachel Prendergast ATR LCPC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor,  multimedia artist, children's book illustrator and Registered Art Therapist.  Her area of specialization is emerging adults ages 18-26, parent support, and issues related to anxiety and relationships.  Rachel also offers individual and group clinical supervision for both undergraduates and those working toward their licensure.  She has been working as a therapist for over 18 years offering a setting that encourages the development of personal empowerment.  Rachel provides a combination of support, practical feedback, creative strategy, and intention to guide clients in effectively addressing personal life challenges.   By integrating complimentary methodologies and techniques she offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual. With compassion, understanding, and authenticity, Rachel works to identify strengths, attain personal growth, symptom relief, and insight.

Val Newman ATR LCPC is an Artist, Activist, Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  Her area of specialization is working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth. She has extensive experience working with at risk youth and families managing the challenges associated with emotional and behavioral problems, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental health concerns, along with various traumatic life events. She believes in self empowerment and strength-based approaches while fostering an environment that encourages self-acceptance, self-awareness and growth.   Val provides graduate and postgraduate training and supervision to those seeking licensure and teaches in the Master of Art in Art Therapy Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She has woven themes related to marginalization and oppression throughout her work as an artist, workshop presenter, and therapist.  Val has presented internationally on her work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning youth.  Her work in schools has been published in Materials & Media in Art Therapy; Critical Understandings of Diverse Artistic Vocabularies, edited by Cathy Moon


Center for Artful Intention  400 Linden Avenue Suite 3 Wilmette IL 60091
Your relationship with your therapist is an important part of your success in therapy.  Our diverse areas of expertise and life experience offer the opportunity to find a therapist who truly fits your needs.  We look forward to pairing you with the therapist who will be the best fit for you.