Kennedy Conner, MC, LMHCA, ATR-P

Kennedy Conner, MC, LMHCA, ATR-P

Mental Health & Art Therapist

Initially, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Ball State University and then entered directly into the Master of Fine Art program at Herron School of Art and Design. While at Herron I was able to teach classes and mentor undergraduate students, which allowed me to see that art is a uniform vehicle for communication, allowing those with different backgrounds, ideas, and beliefs to share a common language. I am the oldest of five, my mom is a therapist, and I spent my summers in college nannying or being a camp counselor. All of this and my experience at Herron cemented my decision to pursue my second Master of Art in mental health counseling and art therapy from the University of Indianapolis; the perfect way to combine my passion of helping and supporting others and the expressive arts.

Shelbi Gabbard, LMHCA, ATR-P

Shelbi Gabbard, LMHCA, ATR-P

Mental Health & Art Therapist

When I was young, volunteering at various local organizations fueled my passion to go into a profession where I could connect with those I work with and help those around me! This inspired me to go to Butler to pursue an education in psychology, neuroscience and art. While completing my degree at Butler I discovered how art can be therapeutic to others, which made me interested in looking into becoming a Certified Art Therapist. I found when researching how it resonated with me fitting all of my passions into one and I knew that was going to be my next step. During my time at Butler, I worked at an ABA center and learned so many skills while working with amazing families. Working here and helping families navigate their world was such an honor, and solidified the field I wanted to go into. I pursued my Master’s at the University of Indianapolis allowing me to apply to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Art Therapist upon graduation. During my time at the University of Indianapolis, I interned with adults and children specifically in navigating cancer and other complex medical diagnoses.