Katharine Houpt, MAAT, ATR-BC, LCPC
Katharine is an artist, board certified art therapist, and licensed clinical professional counselor based in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. She received her Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past seven years, she has worked with people facing life transitions ranging from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, to grief and loss, to sense of purpose. In addition, she has worked in outpatient community mental health and after-school community center settings. Katharine has experience facilitating individual and group art therapy sessions as well as socially engaged community-building experiences using creative writing, “zine” making, comics, puppetry, improvisation, video, fibers, and a variety of visual arts. Katharine is a Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she teaches a course she created, "Comics Narratives: Illness, Disability, & Recovery." She is also a consultant and trainer for a University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community Expressive Arts in Long Term Care project which aims to collaboratively immerse expressive arts into nursing home environments. Katharine has worked with The Second City's Wellness program, including Improv for Anxiety and Improv for Dementia. She has given several professional presentations at local and national conferences. Katharine is passionate about promoting the strengths of individuals and communities, particularly those who are marginalized due to age, ability, mental illness, chronic disease, race, gender, and other factors impacting identity.