About Arianna Wheat
There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it.”
Arianna Wheat is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern #97419 at the Living Arts Counseling Center and practices under the supervision of the licensed Marriage and Family Clinical Staff of the counseling center. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy.
She specializes in Drama Therapy techniques and using Drama Therapy with a Performative Frame integrating the healing capacity of performance with mindfulness based psychotherapy practices. Focusing on strength based trauma work, self image, body issues, anxiety reduction and community development. She provides therapy and therapeutic performance making towards the empowerment of adolescents, incarcerated people, veterans, women and transgender people of color, and fat bodied women.
Prior to attending CIIS, Arianna worked in the South and Westside neighborhoods of Chicago with young people, using theatre, and role play as tools for personal and community empowerment. Arianna is passionate about expanding the dialogue between theatre, social justice, and healing.