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Ellen Shewmaker, MS

Licensed Creative Art Therapist (NY)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Ellen's diverse work experiences include counseling children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Ellen works from a strength-based perspective and blends multiple principles from differing schools of psychotherapy, including: art therapy, DBT, CBT, positive psychology, and mindfulness. She has worked extensively with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, concerns regarding chronic illness, issues related to self identity, life transitions, and coping with family matters.

Her specialization in art therapy equips her with an endlessly creative toolkit. She has seen first-hand how the combination of art and traditional talk therapy makes for a powerful mode of healing. When it may be difficult to describe emotions and experiences with words alone, she offers clients the opportunity to partake in art-making as a form of therapy.

Ellen provides a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space for clients to express themselves. She leads with curiosity, compassion and open-minded support for her clients as they work through life’s challenges and dive into the process of discovering who they are on a deeper level.

To schedule a free consultation call/text 727-308-6094

Specializations:

Credentials & Experience:

  • Art Therapy

  • Mood disorders

  • Family Conflict

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Couples Counseling 

  • CBT & DBT

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety & depression

  • Licensed Creative Art Therapist in New York

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor

  • Master of Science in Art Therapy & Counseling

  • Registered Art Therapist - Board Certified

Ellen sees clients aged 5 and above, including children, adolescents,adults, and seniors.

Specializations:

  • Art Therapy: Utilizing creative processes to promote self-expression, emotional healing, and personal growth.

 

  • ADHD: Supporting individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in managing symptoms and developing effective strategies.

 

  • Anxiety and Depression: Assisting clients in understanding, coping with, and overcoming symptoms of anxiety and depression.

  • Couples Therapy: Helping couples improve communication, resolve conflicts, and strengthen their relationships.

  • Trauma: Providing trauma-informed therapy to help individuals heal from past traumatic experiences.

  • LGBTQIA+ Issues: Supporting individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community, promoting self-acceptance, and addressing specific challenges.

Modalities:

  • Talk therapy: Engaging in open dialogues to explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

  •  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Identifying and modifying negative thought patterns and behaviors to promote positive change.

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Developing skills for emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

  • Creative Art Therapy: Incorporating various art forms to facilitate self-expression and explore emotions.

  • Strength-Based Approach: Focusing on client strengths and resources to promote empowerment and growth.

  • Person-Centered Therapy: Providing a non-judgmental and empathetic environment that emphasizes the client's autonomy and self-discovery.

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