Annie Novotny, MAATC

(she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Click here to make an appointment with Annie 
Annie@forSelfActualization.com
708-607-6636

Contact for Availability  
Now Offering Video Counseling

IMG_2578-2_edited.jpg

Annie is an artist, art therapist, and arts educator.  She received her Masters’ of Art in Art Therapy and Counseling (MAATC) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Annie applies trauma-informed approaches to counseling for individuals and couples.

There are many paths to healing, health, and well-being. I look to meet people wherever they are on their journey and walk for a while along-side them.  I collaborate with participants to plan creative solutions and positive coping behaviors in order to address a wide variety of experiences, including:  anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships, self-esteem and self-worth, stress, symptoms related to post-traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, being in relationship with a trauma survivor, substance use/ abuse, self-care, and addressing negative coping behaviors.  I have worked extensively with survivors of sexual violence, people who have experienced domestic violence, combat Veterans, and other survivors of complex trauma.

When working with participants of therapy, I use a variety of tools, including the use of art-making as another mode of expression, mindfulness and meditation techniques, and the use of narrative therapy to facilitate the telling of one’s story (or the re-write of one’s story).

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso

Specialties
  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Women's Issues

Issues
  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Coping Skills

  • Depression

  • Domestic Violence

  • Grief

  • Life Coaching

  • Life Transitions

  • Peer Relationships

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sex Therapy

  • Spirituality

  • Stress

  • Substance Use

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Transgender

  • coping skills and self-care curation

  • significant others of trauma survivors

Mental Health
  • Dissociative Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

Sexuality
  • Bisexual

  • LGBTQ+

  • Lesbian

Client Focus

Faith: Other Spiritual or Religious Affiliations

Age
  • Elders (65+)

  • Adults

  • Teen

  • Preteen

Communities
  • Body Positivity

  • Gay Allied

  • HIV / AIDS Allied

  • Lesbian Allied

  • Non-Binary Allied

  • Open Relationships Non-Monogamy

  • Queer Allied

  • Racial Justice Allied

  • Sex Worker Allied

  • Sex-Positive, Kink Allied

  • Single Mother

  • Transgender Allied

  • Veterans

Types of Therapy
  • Art Therapy

  • Attachment-based

  • Coaching

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Dialectical (DBT)

  • EMDR

  • Emotionally Focused

  • Expressive Arts

  • Feminist

  • Humanistic

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Narrative

  • Person-Centered

  • Relational

  • Somatic

  • Strength-Based

  • Trauma Focused

Modality
  • Individuals

  • Couples