Elmo Painter

Psychotherapist, Healer, Life Artist


You are already whole. Some parts may be stifled, muted, frozen, forgotten. Your creativity, personal power, inner knowing, and voice are within you. Whether they were shamed down, or had to be hidden for your safety, it is possible to find and access them again.


I am a Body-centered Psychotherapist in Chicago, IL. My approach to therapy is warm, relational, and sincere. I reflect the areas in which clients are already living the way they want to live, and help to find ways to be in the world the way they want to be. I believe it is important to practice finding small joys, strengths, curiosities, victories, spiritual connection, and moments of calm and stillness to savor so that clients can mindfully practice feeling the way they want to feel more often. My role is to facilitate clients’ ability to live creatively and authentically, to help them better understand and listen to their emotions, and to help them engage in life with curiosity, openness, and awareness.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology since July of 2017. In addition, I have completed 150 hours of training in the Somatic Experiencing program through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. I have done research on emotions through the schools of psychology, philosophy, affective neuroscience, spirituality, culture, language, and stories/personal experience. Attending to our emotional wellness makes a huge impact on our lives, relationships, careers, creativity, studies, and physical health.


Special interests include the physiological effects of post-traumatic stress and daily emotional distress, shadow work, and performance as therapy. I specialize in helping people process and work with:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress, Panic, and Emotional Triggers
  • Mood Management and Emotional Coping
  • Self-compassion
  • Relationship Issues
  • Complex Trauma
  • Attachment Style Evolution
  • Assertive Communication
  • Reigniting Creativity (in art, writing, relationships, style, gender expression, life planning/experiencing, spirituality, or just thinking creatively)
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathic Abilities
  • Recognizing and Utilizing Innate and Learned Resilience
  • Gender Exploration
  • Sensual Empowerment

It is my intention to help people from all walks of life, and especially to ethically and compassionately support Romantic, Sexual & Gender Minorities from the Queer, Bisexual, Pansexual, Lesbian, Gay, Asexual/Demisexual, Kink, Polyamorous/Non-monogamous Communities. I am aware of issues that effect the Trans communities and seek to serve people who identify anywhere across the Gender Spectrum.


One comment on “About

  1. LeKisha
    September 6, 2014

    Congratulations Elmo on such wonderful accomplishments. I enjoyed reading your link and viewing your recent post. Art has a way of speaking to individuals and you have a gift of displaying a profound message in such a beautiful way.

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