Nicole M Bailey, LCPC, ATR-BC, CADC, Lecturer, Art Therapy (2010). BS, 2001, St Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA; MA, 2005, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago.

Personal Statement

Nicole's practice is anchored in Adlerian theory art therapy, centering on relational issues and social interests as they play out in the daily functioning of children and adults.  A particular area of focus is the interplay between art making and attachment theories, especially in relation to people who use substances. Nicole founded and operates a private practice where she works with individuals from a feminist, trauma sensitive, harm reduction perspective.  Specializing in those who are affected by substance use, she incorporates a range of contemporary theoretical frameworks into her practice. She has a long-term interest in the effects of art making and social interest on disempowered, marginalized populations. Nicole's previous experiences have included development of a therapeutic program for homeless single mother's and their children, supervision of a day treatment program for adults with mental illness, work with children and families in the DCFS system, provision of therapy for inpatient substance using populations, and work with outpatient clients struggling with eating disorders.  Currently, she is engaging in an in-depth exploration of applying art making to contemporary relational therapy theory and practice. Nicole's personal art making supports her ongoing exploration of the interplay between relationship, attachment, and community, and the impact of this interplay in her daily life.


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