Kerri Hernandez earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Transpersonal Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Previous to her work in Art Therapy, Kerri received her Bachelors degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago, double majoring in Graphic Design and Photography. Through her training in the field of Art Therapy and knowledge of art materials and creative processes, Kerri is able to provide effective, collaborative, and client-centered treatment to a diverse community.
Kerri is a dedicated Therapist and passionate about what she does. To her, it is an honor to witness another person’s story and support them through life challenges. Kerri utilizes counseling skills, art therapy-based techniques, and play therapy-based techniques to support clients in expressing and managing emotions, improving social skills, and increasing healthy coping strategies. Kerri has worked with individuals (adults and children) along with groups and families providing support within a variety of settings such as a community behavioral clinic, residential treatment center, local county jail, and educational institutions. Kerri is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist and is under the supervision of Leah Band, LCSW.
Kerri believes in collaborative care when working with children and families. It is challenging to effect change with one family member alone. She feels it is important to work with the family as a whole to increase stability, cohesion, and safety within the family system.