Nancy Kelley Franke, MA, LPC, ATR

Licensed Professional Counselor & Registered Art Therapist


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From early childhood I was drawn to art making as a means to better understand the world and myself. I spent hours teaching myself to draw and paint, and began to identify myself as an artist when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. My artist identity persisted and so I earned my BFA from the University of Texas in 1978. Following graduation, I worked for a few years in advertising as a copywriter and art director before taking on the challenging and rewarding work of raising children. During this time I returned to art making and also discovered two books on art therapy, Edward Adamson’s Art as Healing (1984, 1990) and Pat Allen’s Art is a Way of Knowing (1995). My return to the fine arts and the discovery of the art therapy field set the stage for my eventual return to graduate school to pursue my “perfect work”.

Like many therapists, I see healing work as a calling. I believe that my own struggles and experiences in life have brought me here. Along the way a number of people crossed my path, struggling courageously with issues I was unfamiliar with. They have nudged me in new directions, toward greater understanding, compassion, and a desire to help. I am passionate about my profession and about helping people to access what they need to heal and thrive. I feel deeply honored by the trust clients have placed in me, and I am continually in awe of the tremendous power of the creative healing process.


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado (LPC #0011482). In addition, I have completed the education, supervision, and post-graduate experience requirements to become a Registered Art Therapist (ATCB #12-029) with the American Art Therapy Association.






During both my practicum and internship years, I worked as a counseling intern at a site that assists single mothers to receive education, training, and counseling support to better provide for their families. Some of the issues addressed included: grief and loss; childhood abuse and neglect; parenting concerns; relationship issues; women’s issues; low self-esteem; domestic violence; depression; anxiety; brain injury; and bipolar disorder.

Since 2008, I have had a private practice in Boulder, Colorado working with individuals who are addressing a variety of life concerns. My focus has been primarily with adults, and includes grief and loss work; life transitions and change; personal growth; identity and self-esteem issues; trauma resolution; depression; anxiety; relationship issues; women’s issues; spiritual issues; and stroke and brain injury support.

In addition to my private practice, I have worked with various organizations providing individual and group services. From 2008 through 2013, I worked in the Naropa Community Art Studio facilitating a group for adults living with stroke or brain injury, including many adults with Aphasia. I also facilitated an elders group in the same community art studio. As part of my duties in these groups, I was responsible for supervising graduate art therapy students at Naropa University. In 2009, I served as the Clinical Assistant for a graduate level art therapy course at Naropa University: Counseling for Adult and Family Systems. From 2009 through 2010, I worked as a volunteer on the crisis line at a local shelter, serving victims of domestic violence. Additionally, I have facilitated art groups for people with disabilities; worked with abused and neglected children and adolescents at a children’s home; and co-facilitated art groups in support of internationally adopted children and their families. Currently, I am facilitating Art Therapy groups for adults who have suffered a stroke or other type of brain injury, through the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado in Denver.



Different and the Same: An Exploration of Changes to Identity Following a Brain Injury Using Art Therapy

This 6-week Art Therapy Process Group for adults uses a series of art projects to explore and stimulate discussion around changes to self-image following a brain injury. The group offers an opportunity for survivors to name and grieve losses, to identify strengths and gains, and to imagine hopes and goals for a future self, within a safe and supportive community of fellow survivors. The group is offered through the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado in Denver. For cost, schedule, and space availability, please contact Linda Heesch at BIAC by phone (303) 562-0401, or by email: