- MA, Dance Movement Therapy & Counseling - Columbia College, Chicago
- BA, Psychology - Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
- BFA, Dance Performance - Northern Illinois University
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Columbia College, Chicago, IL
- Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis - Columbia College, Chicago, IL
- Master Reiki Practitioner - Relaxed for Life, Barrington, IL
“I offer a caring relationship in which patients and their loved ones can speak about and explore any concerns and issues they may have," mind-body therapist Alexandria Callahan says of her role at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago. "I also assist patients in understanding and using the power of their own minds during cancer treatment, helping them find new ways to reconnect with their sense of self.”
Callahan also shows patients how to use relaxation techniques to further enhance their mental and emotional well-being. She says it helps patients cope during their cancer journeys and feel more like their normal selves.
A Reiki master practitioner, Callahan emphasizes that CTCA® is unique in its integration of holistic, mind-body medicine with traditional treatments for cancer.
Callahan earned a master’s degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling from Columbia College in Chicago, followed by a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis (GLCMA) from the school. The GLCMA program teaches students how to apply movement analysis in a therapeutic and artistic setting. Callahan also graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois with bachelor’s degrees in dance performance and psychology. As an undergraduate, she also completed an internship at Dance Base in Edinburgh, Scotland. She directed dance classes for people ages four to 96 with various physical and mental disabilities.
Before becoming a member of the CTCA Mind-Body Medicine team in February 2009, Callahan completed internships in the Chicago area. She gained experience in counseling and helped developmentally delayed adolescents with physical and emotional trauma through dance/movement therapy sessions.
Callahan devotes her spare time to choreographing musicals for local community theaters. She also supervises graduate student interns as they complete their counseling degrees.
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