There are many barriers to accessing and receiving healthcare and support for people living with chronic illnesses, especially chronic environmental illnesses.

Our Support Services

We offer our support services via email, video conferencing, telephone and in combinations. Providing these alternatives to the traditional model for counseling enables more people to access and receive needed services and support.

Our Approach  

Our approach is holistic and integrative. Holistic health focuses on the whole person and not just on separate symptoms. The goal of holistic health is for each person to achieve their maximum level of wellness and well being. The integrative approach is a special model of healthcare that focuses on the person and not the disease. Integrative care providers work together with their clients as a team and build relationships based on mutual trust. No two clients are alike, no two lives are the same. Plans for care and individual goals are developed with each client’s active participation and in partnership with the client.

About the Creative Arts

The creative arts are significant and integral parts of healing and health. The power of the arts in healing is tremendous. Expressive and creative arts therapies allow us to examine ourselves, our lives, and our direction using all our senses.

Creative arts areas include music and sound, painting and the visual arts, dance, movement, exercise, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, cooking and culinary arts, gardening and horticulture arts, language arts and the written, spoken, and sung word, and more!

The Counseling Center at CELA and its counselors often use expressive and creative arts therapies in their work with clients. Through music, the visual arts, language arts, mindfulness, journaling, shared stories, horticulture and permaculture, dance and movement, culinary arts, and more, we are able to examine ourselves, our lives, our goals, and our direction.

What are Expressive and Creative Arts Therapies?

Expressive Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy are both multimodal approaches to therapy. They can incorporate writing, drama, dance, movement, painting, music, and/or other creative arts areas. Clients are encouraged to explore and process their thinking, emotions, reactions, insights, and experiences through the visual arts, music and sound, writing, literature, poetry, the natural environment, movement, body-mind-spirit, and other creative arts areas.

We support our clients using multiple modalities in response to each person’s individual needs

What’s the difference between Expressive Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy?

In Expressive Therapy, the therapist does not need to have formal training or a degree as an artist in an arts area. An Expressive Therapist, for example, may have a degree in psychology, counseling, or social work and have studied how to use various arts areas within a clinical practice. The focus, in Expressive Therapy, is on the process not the product—the created artwork.

In Creative Arts Therapy, the therapist has had formal training as an artist in a creative arts area as well as formal training in counseling, psychology, or social work. A Creative Arts Therapist, for example, may have formal training and a degree as a visual artist or as a writer, and also as a psychologist. The focus, in Creative Arts Therapy, is equally on the process as well as the created artwork.

Session Format

Some of our clients prefer focusing on more traditional talk therapy. Some clients prefer focusing on traditional talk therapy within their creative arts therapy sessions. Others opt for a stronger focus on creative arts therapy. Most clients, however, like to work using a combination.

Counseling is a Process

Taking part in the therapeutic journey can have profound positive results that may benefit many areas of your life. Change and growth, in counseling as in life, can be joyous, painful, unpredictable, and, like so many things, without guarantees. Every step along the way, the decision to continue is yours.


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