Sonali Solanki

Sonali Solanki, LPC - ATR-P, South-Asian Indian Therapist in Chicago.


Psychotherapist and Art Therapist

I’m a first-generation South Asian-American art therapist & counselor who holds space for creative expression and healing through a collaborative, anti-oppressive, and affirming lens.

I work to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and comforting space for my clients. In this space, we can explore feelings, tap into curiosities, ask questions, share experiences, laugh, cry, and celebrate successes, big or small. Although therapy is an experience that the client and therapist embark on together, I believe that each client has the ability to harness their strengths to find a path that gives them meaning and purpose. You are the expert of your story; I am simply a pillar of encouragement and support.

I’m intent on fostering cultural competency, equity, and inclusion for my clients. In my approach, I utilize various modalities such as solution-focused, narrative, ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), somatic (mind-body connection) and creative interventions along with warmth and empathy to nurture the therapeutic relationship and generate self-awareness and self-compassion. I believe the counseling process can be enriched with the inherent healing power of creative self-expression. Art offers a safe arena to explore difficult emotions while simultaneously acting as a tool for self-regulation. Art therapy focuses on the process, not the product, that said you don’t have to be an artist to participate!

 I have experience working with clients across the age spectrum and those who come from diverse cultural backgrounds. However, I am focused on working with adolescents and young adults adjusting to life challenges and transitions and those who wish to explore racial and cultural identity. I am also interested in helping those with low self-esteem and self-worth, anxiety, depression, and trauma express their emotions and reclaim their power and narrative.

 In my spare time, you can find me painting, baking, re-watching my favorite TV shows, and spending time with my dogs—Fievel and Luna.

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