Fredelyn Calla, LCPC, ATR-BC

Fredelyn Calla is an LCPC, a licensed clinical professional counselor and an ATR-BC, a board-certified art therapist. She holds a masters in counseling psychology: art therapy degree from Adler University in Chicago. Fred specializes in health and aging issues, such as living with cancer; caregiver support and burnout; matters surrounding those who identify as female; cultural identity and social justice issues; domestic and sexual violence; grief/loss, anxiety and mood disorders, relationship concerns and life transitions.

Fred is also interested in helping those heal from trauma and knows that such issues, along with the concerns mentioned above may be made overwhelming by substance abuse and addiction.

She enjoys working with teenagers to older adults. Fred likes to work from a holistic, intersectional and self-empowerment approach. She encourages her clients to see they are capable of more than they think and promotes the “courage to be imperfect.” As an art therapist, she collaborates with clients to see what path is best, utilizing creative expression for awareness, self-growth and development. Fred’s goal is help people discover strengths and weaknesses and ways to integrate both for acceptance in many areas of life.

In addition to Head/Heart, Fred is currently the art therapist and program/volunteer coordinator at the North Shore Senior Center House of Welcome Adult Day Services in Northfield. There, she works with creative arts therapists, social workers and nurses who provide structured therapeutic activities to older adults living with dementia. Fred is also a support group facilitator at Gilda’s Club Chicago, a cancer support center.

Before that, Fred has worked and volunteered for a domestic violence agency, in inpatient psychiatric units, and community organizations. She has also worked as a graphic designer.

In her spare time, Fred loves going out to eat in Chicago and while traveling. She also loves yoga, art and repurposed materials, crime shows, chocolate peanut butter cups, anything created by Shonda Rhimes, The Daily Show, the Trolls movie, being with her friends and being Auntie Fred. Fredelyn can be reached at