Creative Connection

Expressive Arts Group Therapy

Build Confidence through Expressive Arts in an Online Group Setting

Do you feel anxious or down on yourself? In this online group, you’ll learn skills to alleviate anxiety and its effects self-talk, sleep, purpose, and relationships.  Two-hour, weekly sessions include topics central to Dialectical Behavior Therapy such as mindfulness, self-compassion, radical acceptance, and values-focused living.


You’ll practice skills through writing, drawing, role-play, games, and discussion.  No artistic skills or experience necessary!  The process of art-making is more important in change.  Each 2-hour session includes connecting activities, a concept, 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 techniques to slow and see better options in your responses to stress.

Effect change in your relationships, work, and hobbies.

Identify priorities to live your best life.

You may be a good fit for this group if:

  • You can commit to at least one month of treatment.  
  • You are interested in meeting online via Zoom.
  • You’re age 18-118.

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 group guidelines.   You may decide to speak briefly to your hopes or current struggles.


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:


“I’m a psychiatrist and clinical director who has known Melissa and her work closely for more than a decade. Melissa does excellent work and I trust her and recommend her without hesitation as a skilled and devoted therapist. She will support and be there for you throughout your journey in therapy.”



“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.”



“I appreciate how well Melissa really listens and, not only listens, but offers positive feedback. She is very aware of when I’m feeling low or not 100% there. She brings creative outlooks that allow me to think.”


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.