Lisa has been a dance/movement therapist and counselor for 24 years. She has a full time Chicago based private practice, Artistry of Change: Center for Creative Healing with business partner, Kris Larsen, serving adolescents and adults with a variety of life challenges. Lisa also provides support services for adults living with brain injuries and their families, her area of expertise. Lisa’s 19 years of teaching as a part time faculty member in the Dance/Movement Therapy Program at Columbia College Chicago was primarily focused on Laban Movement Analysis and included instruction in a post graduate certificate program in LMA. Lisa also continues her work as a clinical supervisor, movement coach, choreographic coach, and dancer/choreographer/performer.
Stacey holds a bachelor of fine art (BFA) degree in Dance from the University of Illinois and a masters degree (MA) in Dance/Movement Therapy from Columbia College Chicago. Her advanced training includes a certification in Laban Movement Analysis and two levels of training in the Internal Family Systems psychotherapeutic model.
In addition to owning Mind Body Connections, a successful therapy practice in Naperville, Stacey has taught courses in counseling, dance/movement therapy, and movement analysis at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Aurora University, and internationally through the Tanter Dance/Movement Therapy Association in the Czech Republic. She has served the national organization for dance movement therapy (ADTA) as Central region Member-at-large and Secretary, as a member of its Certification Board (DMTCB), and through numerous workshops and presentations. She has been published in newsletters, online, and most recently in the American Journal of Dance Therapy (2018).
Kris received his bachelor of science in Biology from the University of Illinois and a master of arts in Dance/Movement Therapy from Naropa University. He received advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level I) working with the navigation of trauma and a certification in Laban Movement Analysis.
Kris has been in private practice for 24 years and also provides clinical supervision to dance therapist and counselors. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level for 20 years at Barat College, Columbia College Chicago and The School of the Art Institute teaching courses in group methods, supervision, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic practices and creative collaboration. He has presented workshops extensively for the counseling community and at several conferences both regionally and nationally. Kris has served as vice president for the Illinois Dance Therapy Association (IDTA) and on the nominating committee for the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and has been published in the book Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning. For the past 16 years Kris has also been a co-collaborator in Sling Dance Co. and continues to explore the connection between creative process and health.
Shannon has been a dance/movement therapist specializing in health and wellness for nearly 15 years. Shannon is certified in both Laban Movement Analysis and Movement Pattern Analysis. Shannon has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Columbia College Chicago since 2005. She has taught internationally through the Wesley Institute. Shannon has served as the President of the Illinois Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as well as on the Board of Directors for the ADTA.
Since graduating from Columbia College in 2006, Kim has worked as a dance/movement therapist in hospital settings, treatment centers, and private practice. Her current interests include Authentic Movement, matriscence, positive psychology, trauma treatment and resiliency. She particularly seeks to cultivate empowerment, self acceptance and positive body image for women. Kim joined the faculty at Columbia College in 2009, and she has served as treasurer and president of the Illinois chapter of the ADTA, and she is currently serving on the Committee on Approval for graduate programs in dance/movement therapy and counseling.