Fredelyn Calla, LCPC, ATR-BC

Fredelyn Calla (she/her) 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 working with those who want help with emotional expression; health and aging issues, such as living with cancer; grief and loss; racial and cultural identity; anxiety and mood disorders, relationship concerns and life transitions. She is currently holding space in her caseload for only those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

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. Her work is influenced by relational, feminist, trauma-informed, Adlerian, social justice-oriented, anti-oppressive, decolonization and liberation framework models.

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 believes compassion, love and acceptance of self goes a long way.

In addition to Head/Heart, Fred has been a support group facilitator at Gilda’s Club Chicago, a cancer support center, for many years. She has also worked with older adults living with dementia and their caregivers, with those affected by domestic violence, with those living with severe psychiatric illness and with community art therapy 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 is into yoga, art and repurposed materials, true crime shows, chocolate peanut butter cups, The Daily Show, the Trolls movies, being with her friends and being Auntie Fred. Fredelyn can be reached at