Seeing other business leaders succeed lights me up, and it’s my life’s mission to help you make it happen. Stick with me and I’ll show you how.
I help stressed out and overwhelmed, private practice owners and female leaders reclaim their health, their time, and connection with themselves… without sacrificing their passion to hustle hard and achieve greatness.
SPEAKER, AUTHOR, MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT, CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR MENTOR, AND PIONEER IN HARNESSING CREATIVITY TO HEAL BURNED OUT HUSTLERS
HI! I'M AZIZI.
I'm an Iowa girl, born and raised.
Mostly vegetarian, though fish occasionally makes its way onto my plate. I've been sugar free since 2018.
DRINK OF CHOICE
Coffee, coffee, coffee! Which is why most pictures of me include a mug in my hand.
BEST DECISION OF MY LIFE
Hands down starting my own private practice and training center.
Othostatic hypotension since I was 15, and still managing adrenal fatigue, an inflammatory disease and food allergies (which is why I became a wellness consultant for high achieving women).
I absolutely LOVE Italy, the people and the food. Although, anywhere with my family and no wifi is my favorite place to be.
Teaching private practice owners that they can create anything they want, and making healthy living as enjoyable as possible as a close second.
YOU'D NEVER GUESS...
BOTH of my parents were psychotherapists, I majored in Film Directing, I am a SAG/AFTRA union actor, and I am allergic to dairy.
HOW I GOT HERE
As an overwhelmed and stressed out new business owner, I found myself surviving on TONS of coffee, takeout, and sugared up junk food just about every night, relying on very little sleep and barely connecting with my children due to the ridiculously long hours. My business was rockin' it but I felt like complete crap. I was suffering from burnout, inflammation and adrenal fatigue, which landed me in the hospital, and led me to work with some of the best-of-the-best holistic wellness professionals, thus learning how to TRULY take care of MYSELF. I committed myself to healthy eating, meditation, exercise and sleep. I did NOT give up my coffee (though definitely less now).
Not surprisingly, I felt dramatically better within just a few weeks. Having grown up with parents who pioneered the field of psychotherapy, a dad who made everything from scratch, and a mother who valued advocating for others, I just kind of knew how to care for others. Fast-forward through several jobs as a creative arts therapist, a much-needed discovery of a "Jump Start Your Business" book, and meeting new friends who introduced me to mentors and fellow mompreneurs, I did something that I didn’t even know was possible — I turned my passion to harness the power of creativity, play and innovation to engage and heal the world into an internationally known brand and never looked back.
This real life experience, coupled with my expertise as a world renowned creative arts therapist, has led me to help high achieving women heal the chronic burnout, anxiety and overwhelm it generates PRECISELY because I come at it from such an innovative, holistic and creative approach.
WHICH LEADS ME TO WHY THIS SITE EXISTS: I'M HERE TO SERVE YOU.
Before I turned my business into a million dollar company, before I started my own group therapy practice, and before I opened my training center, I was an overachiever in Corporate Psych America, working for the "Man". Unsure of where to start and the misguided belief that everything had to be perfect, I didn’t know that being a creative entrepreneur or making money as a speaker was even a thing.
My life’s mission is to help other women honor their inner hustle, create vibrant health, a thriving business, and lives that they truly love through online programs, my free email newsletter, and virtual community.
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I’M NOT PERFECT AND I DEFINITELY DON’T TRY TO BE—BUT I DO KNOW THAT YOU CAN CREATE ANYTHING YOU WANT IF YOU’RE WILLING TO WORK FOR IT.
WHAT YOU'LL FIND HERE:
Creativity and fortitude to greet challenges head on.
Healthy mindset shifts that help you put what you learn into practice
Innovative ways to tap into and harness the arts for your own well being.
How-to's to create a stress-free lifestyle in order to honor your inner hustler, while simultaneously honoring your own health.
Creative self-care tips and tricks that work
WHAT YOU won't FIND HERE:
Rigid or restrictive self-care plans that feel impossible to follow
Shame around how you choose to take care of yourself
Advice that adds more stress to your day and worry on your plate
Judgement for wanting to hustle hard and make a huge impact on the world
Recommendations that feel overwhelming and impossible to accomplish
Azizi Marshall is a leading mental health and whole-living expert teaching women around the world how to become the healthiest, most successful versions of themselves possible - going beyond just healthy eating and exercise, to embracing the whole person.
Azizi Marshall is the Founder & CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, an arts-based psychotherapy practice and training center in Chicago. She also is owner of Creative Clinical Consulting, LLC, which has launched such programs and companies as Psychology Arts, Arts Playschool, Artful Wellness and the Therapeutic Performance Initiative model.
In a world flooded with health information, Azizi's creative mental health approach and straightforward business advice draw thousands of inspired clients to her work. Best known for her fun and accessible approach to mental health, she’s built a wellness empire from scratch on her laptop and across the globe. Hundreds of women have had success using her online programs, which include Create Your Dream Business, Hustlewise and her trainings at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy.
Azizi is delightfully changing the way the world views mental health. She speaks on stages around the world and mentors scores of ambitious people each year to seek and live life on their own terms. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and accomplished entrepreneur, cultivating a lifestyle of freedom and wellness is her religion.
Azizi holds graduate degrees in community mental health AND theatre. She has been featured in Oprah Magazine, CNN, NBC News, Thrive Global, Bustle, Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Glancer Magazine. She speaks on stages and podcasts regularly throughout the country on Creative Arts Therapy, and guest posts on national news articles about wellness and creativity.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I improve my own mental health?
First, please understand that every person is unique, from their fingerprints to their DNA, one size does not fit all. Second, mental health is not all or nothing. Small improvements performed consistently over time add up to huge results. Celebrate what you’re doing right. It’s pretty hard to make good decisions when someone is talking down to you all the time (and that someone might be you). Third, working with a licensed psychotherapist is a great way to find support.
Do you do 1-on-1 coaching?
Between speaking, consulting, supporting my online programs and life necessities (hello, sleep and food), there just aren’t enough hours in the day to provide 1-on-1 coaching. However, I DO work 1-on1 with participants of my Hustlewise program, along with group coaching and support. Even though we can’t talk 1-on-1, please know that I believe in you and I’m with you in spirit! You are meant for greatness.
Where can I train with you?
I train throughout the world, as well at the Center for Creative Arts Therapy for anyone that is interested in becoming either a Drama Therapist or Expressive Arts Therapist. I also support organizations through workplace mental health trainings. Want to bring me or my team to your organization, contact me. I'd LOVE to connect!
What ARE you?
Yep! This is a random question that I'm asked ALL the time. My mother is Danish and Irish, and my father was Comanche Indian and African-American. I'm a beautiful mix of strength, power, Hygge and art.
What do you eat in a day?
Every day is different but usually some variation of this: First up, water, lots and lots of water. Next, a bowl of oatmeal or smoothie packed with loads of fruit and nut butter. Next, a cup of organic coffee with almond milk. Then a big plate of plants for lunch (usually a soup, filling salad, or Buddha bowl), then I’m flexible at dinner. I mostly reach for fresh, real, plant-based food, but non-dairy pizza and the occasional dark chocolate treat is always a possibility.
How do I create a wellness empire like yours?
I teach you the exact steps to build the business of your dreams and personal brand like mine in Create Your Dream Business. All it requires is a handful of hustle, a can-do mindset and copious amounts of coffee.
How did you become a Creative Arts Therapist?
I love being a creative arts therapist and encourage anyone who wants to learn more about psychology and the arts to become a creative arts therapist, too. Click HERE to learn more about becoming a Creative Arts Therapist.
How do you take care of your own mental health?
I first take care of my body, as the health of your body is directly linked to the health of your mind and emotions. Starting with drinking lots of water throughout the day, getting plenty of quality sleep, daily exercise, and veggies, veggies, veggies. Meditation has taught me to pause from my go-go-go mentality, and truly slow down. I try to rest just as hard as I work. Also, my core group of family and friends are huge fuel boosters for my mental health. Plus, my Mom is the best!