Jacqueline Carmody

Name: Jacqueline Carmody

Title / credentials: LCPC, ATR-BC, ATCS, Twistshop Director, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Art Therapist

Location: Chicago, IL

Education: BFA Painting, Western Michigan University,

       MAT,  Adler University


Brief art therapy/ artist bio & personal connection to Twist:

Jacqueline is an illustrator, painter, and art therapist. Jacqueline is currently a board certified registered art therapist (ATR-BC), a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC), and an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS). Jacqueline provides a safe space to unleash your creative potential and encourages art making as an effective way to discover solutions to life’s ups and downs.

Twist Out Cancer is a NPO that Jacqueline has been deeply passionate about and involved with since 2013. Jacqueline was drawn to the organization due to her own history of cancer impacting her loved ones throughout her life. Jacqueline is a Brushes With Cancer artist, serves on the advisory board, and is the director and creator of Twist Out Cancer’s signature Twistshop program. She is enthusiastic about bringing this unique program to the cancer community– across the U.S and internationally. Her goal as an art therapist is to offer guidance in exploring different emotions that develop throughout a cancer experience. What typically transpires in a Twistshop is art making, bonding, and camaraderie.


What is your favorite art materials/ art technique to share with a group?

Tempera Paint sticks! If you have ever sat down for an art-therapy session with me, you know these are my favorites! They are extremely satisfying in texture and color. They move smoothly on the paper and are comparable to what it would feel like to paint with lipstick. I love this art material for any age and artistic level.


What is your “Twist” on creative arts therapy?

Jacqueline’s goal as an art therapist is to offer guidance in exploring different emotions that develop throughout a cancer experience. Jacqueline provides an open and safe space to unleash your creative potential. She encourages you to try something new and learn how art making can be a container to hold past experiences that have been difficult to describe through words.


“The Remembering”

Join Twist Out Cancer and Dreame for a meaningful virtual program focused on collective grief, remembrance and honoring those that we have lost.

The program will be led by

Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO of Twist Out Cancer

Sharonna Karni Cohen, Founder and CEO of Dreame

Ethan Zohn,Philanthropist

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist and Director of Twistshops at Twist Out Cancer.

This program has been generously funded by the Schusterman Foundation.

RSVP is required.

Suggested Materials Include:

  • A glass or plastic container- example: old fish tank/ vase
  • Rocks, if you choose.
  • Moss, if you choose.
  • Soil (growing medium)
  • Plants that won’t overgrow (generally miniature or dwarf plants)
  • Spoon for placing soil.
  • Long tweezers for putting materials into vessels.