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Rachael Zutty, ATR-BC/LCPC

I am a queer, bicultural, first-generation Cuban-American born and raised in the Midwest.  I have been enriched by purposefully surrounding myself with diversity.  I have approximately seven years of experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults in several different settings.  I have worked in a high school, juvenile detention center, substance abuse treatment facility (with both adults and adolescents) and a youth residential facility. I am a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC) as well as a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).  I approach therapy collaboratively and compassionately, drawing from cognitive-behavioral, insight-oriented, and relationship-focused methods. I find that art making can assist with the physical impact of our daily stressors and can open up new and creative ways to see life’s challenges. I work in ways that are both supportive and challenging.

My personality is direct and approachable. Curiosity, humor and compassion are central.  My introversion assists my skills in learning about each person I meet on a deep level; I can sit with some of the most uncomfortable and vulnerable feelings others often shy away from.  I strive to validate and witness your process and accept you as a whole being. My goal in therapy is to support you in developing a satisfying relationship with yourself.

Oftentimes in the helping professions, we speak of self-care and prescribe it to ourselves, our clients and our colleagues.  This phrase is regularly tossed around with little follow through or commitment.  By facilitating groups, hosting workshops, and providing therapy, consultation, and supervision services, I seek to fill a void in our fields. We all know that the tub of ice cream or the reality TV binge does not help us truly process the vicarious trauma we are experiencing.  Each of us deserves the same quality of care we offer our clients, peers and loved ones. Secondary trauma and compassion fatigue threaten our roles on a regular basis.  As co-founder of Thrive I can support you in replenishing your reserves.


Kristen McCray, ATR/LPC

I am a multiracial human being that is ambitiously focused on assisting others in their personal growth. Through a lens of community based enrichment in combination with creative self expression, I aim to support those in their life path. With seven years of clinical experience focused on trauma-informed care, I have made strides to increase my understanding of healing via creative intentions. From working within a school setting to a shelter and youth residential facility, I have developed a lens of understanding that healing is a personal process. Working within the therapeutic arena has demonstrated that healing, growing and thriving is not a linear process but full of twists and turns that deserves equal support, space and time.

I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), who aims to cement my roots towards simplistic creation.  I approach therapy using a creative combination of reality based, cognitive-behavioral and humanistic lens in a humbled effort to challenge ones ability to thrive. 

My approach is to be empathetically minded while utilizing a demeanor that is thoughtful, curious and relaxed and respectful to ones process of being authentically vulnerable. I hope to provide an environment (whether individually, within groups or in a collaborative workshop) that eases the stress and anxiety associated when approaching therapy. It is my hope that by adding the tool of creativity, there can be undiscovered growth and successful management of historical difficulties. It is my vision, as cofounder of Thrive, that creative effort can produce long-lasting change.


Rachael Zutty