Episode 11

Clara Donaldson on working with creative clients as a therapist

Many thanks to our guest Clara Donaldson. Clara is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who lives and works in Chicago. She delivers therapy in a group private practice in Wicker Park and has experience counseling individuals, couples, and children for a variety of mental health issues. She is especially passionate about counseling creative folks, since she is a violinist and a member of the music community. Clara has delivered presentations on musician mental health at Northwestern University, and is on the Board of Directors of Sound Mind, a nonprofit organization devoted to ending stigma surrounding mental illness in the classical music world. She holds an Ed.S. Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and a B.Mus. Degree in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. To connect with Clara about mental health services, email her at claradonaldsonlcpc@gmail.com

The Labyrinth and the Thread focuses on mental health and creativity. If you need support, here are some resources to find mental health professionals:

Psychology Today Directory: National directory of therapists


Therapy for Black Girls: Find trusted, culturally competent therapists


Trans Lifeline: Peer support by and for trans people


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Amelia Aldred is a writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Amelia’s work has been published in Metaphorosis Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, South Side Weekly, Chicago Literati, Neutrons/Protons, Offbeat Home and the anthology Undeniably Indiana (Indiana University Press). When she's not writing, Amelia spends her time throwing nerdy costume parties, collecting skeleton keys, and taking long walks with her imaginary dog.