Creative Connection

Expressive Arts Group Therapy

Build Confidence with the Expressive Arts in our Online Group

Overwhelming anxiety or depression getting you stuck?  The arts present fresh perspectives and enhance our capacity for change.  In this expressive arts group, we take a creative stance on personal struggles.   Each week, we shift from entrenched thoughts, attune to the senses, and expand our understanding through improv, drawing, music, poetry, or storytelling.  No artistic skills or experience necessary!  The process of art-making is more important in change.  


Book a free, 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your hopes for therapy.  You and I will meet for an initial, one-on-one intake to consider treatment objectives.  Each 2-hour session includes group activities and exploration through applied arts.


Sessions take place on Zoom on Friday mornings from 9am-11am.


If you are currently experiencing a psychiatric emergency, please call or go to your closest emergency department or call 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.

Three ways this group will help you:

Learn how to slow down and see better options in your responses to stress.

Effect change in your relationships, work, and hobbies.

Connect with creative wisdom to live your best life.

You may be a good fit for this group if:

  • You’re age 18-118.
  • You are open to using the arts for healing.
  • You can commit to at least one month of group treatment.  

Your First Visit:

Following our initial, 15-minute consultation (free), you and I will meet again to discuss your history and consider treatment objectives (one-time fee of $150).  


This is an open group, so there may be established group members on your first day.  We will welcome you and I will orient you to the format.   You’ll describe an issue, explore it through an arts framework I suggest, and finally reflect on it with the group.


I am an out-of-network provider for PPO insurance plans. Upon request, I will provide you with a super-bill including the information required to submit to your PPO for potential reimbursement.  Most insurance companies reimburse a percentage of the cost of your therapy sessions, according to your plan’s benefits package.  There is a one-time fee of $150 for a 50-minute intake session.  The fee for the 2-hour, weekly Deepening Skills Group is $150/session.  I accept Venmo, PayPal, or Zelle.

Some of my clients and colleagues have said:


This was an incredible workshop that gave me deep insight into an important theme for me and actual methods of what to do. Not only was this profound for me but I can also do this with clients or in a group.  Melissa was an EXCELLENT facilitator- present, in-tune, and the workshop had a perfect pace to it. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH and please keep doing what you are doing!!!



“Melissa has a wonderful way of facilitating groups. She’s able to hold the group in a way that one feels emotionally safe, heard, and not judged but also keeps room for play and laughter. Melissa holds the rare ability to hold the hard stuff and invite playfulness too. I’ve experienced her facilitating style in a workshop setting. She is able to expertly guide her participants through expressive arts experiences that are not only fun but insightful. I can’t recommend Melissa highly enough.”




Great experience-based group, allowing us to try on the DBT approach and drawing resources from peers. Playful in using improv to de-center from issues and connect to creative imagination. All done with a light touch, well facilitated!



Find contentment again

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You can also reach me at [email protected] or by leaving a text or voicemail at 415 940 3881.