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Choozee Hena Manocha has a Master’s in Counseling and Art Therapy from Ursuline College. Hena is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is currently working towards her independent licensure while under supervision. Hena is also trained in art therapy, and honors this creative modality in session when it is appropriate and beneficial for her clients. Throughout her program, Hena worked in a psychiatric hospital in both inpatient and outpatient departments. Hena has worked with adults and adolescents struggling with mental health and chemical dependency disorders. Following her internship, Hena continued on to run two mental health IOP programs, in which she used emotional processing, group discussion, artmaking, and honest feedback to create an experience that encouraged her clients to find strength in their struggles, as well as their own beauty on their endless journey to growth and becoming. Hena aims to create a warm, safe, and comfortable space for her clients, and values empathy above all else. Her goal is to always meet clients where they are, and to create a treatment plan that allows all of their goals to be heard and valued. Hena often utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and art therapy, but her eclectic approach hopes to honor each client individually. Hena believes that art has the power to give voice to our unconscious thoughts, and shines light on what we are feeling, but are not always able to say – what a person creates is an extension of their soul, and can offer valuable information that can often aid in their healing. Outside of session, Hena enjoys spending time with her loved ones, her fur-babies, Leila and Rambo, and finds joy in helping others. She loves to cook, paint, craft, and to learn more about herself, others, and the world. Hena strongly believes in the value of self-care, and practices it through creative self-expression of any kind. As a first-generation Indian-American woman, Hena is deeply passionate about helping others who are also immersed in more than one culture – she hopes to gain multicultural enlightenment in the fields of mental health and art therapy.