Anna  Celander

Anna Celander

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC Registered Art Therapist, ATR
Illinois Waitlist Online
Updated January 10, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Loss and grief
  • Life transitions
  • Coping with cancer diagnosis

Professional statement

Anna Celander is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Art Therapist who has more than five years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children dealing with anxiety, depression, and life transitions. Her expertise includes traditional talk therapy, creative expression, and concrete skill building to manage the stress of everyday struggles and persistent feelings of unworthiness. In addition, Anna has a particular passion for using these therapeutic approaches to assist individuals coping with a cancer diagnosis.

Anna’s therapeutic style is influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Art Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Systemic Therapy. This foundation helps Anna support clients as they process their circumstances and find ways to bring purpose and meaning. Anna is a trained art therapist and offers art making as a way to process, especially for those who find it difficult to articulate their experiences.

Anna believes it is important to notice cyclical patterns and end cycles by recognizing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. Throughout treatment, she offers clients concrete skills to assist in better managing emotions, behaviors and thoughts. It is equally important to acknowledge the patterns and dynamics at play in an individual’s environment and consider the cultural backgrounds, family structures and general systems clients belong to, when working to create change.

During the first few sessions, Anna gathers information about a client’s relationships and background while offering strategies to provide relief. Anna is non-judgmental and supportive while encouraging clients to reconnect to their goals and find a sense of normalcy despite their current circumstances. Her intention is to provide clients with a warm and comfortable environment where they are not alone in navigating their stressors.


Message to clients

Most of the clients I work with are struggling with life transitions, general stress, and/or anxiety. In addition to navigating general feelings of hopelessness and worry, I specialize in assisting clients who are coping with a cancer diagnosis, as well as care givers to those that are diagnosed. I have experience working with young adults, adults, and older adults. If you are searching for nonjudgmental support, are interested in having concrete skills to help cope, or would like to use creativity as an outlet to explore your struggles, I am here to help.

Seeking help from a therapist can be overwhelming. My goal is to make the process as seamless as possible. If you are searching for support while navigating the inevitable ups and downs of life, or are coping with a cancer diagnosis, feel free to schedule a free consultation call today.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Stress management - Strengthening effective ways of coping with the stress of life and change; managing expectations of self and others

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Loss and grief - Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress

Coping with cancer diagnosis - Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois Blue Choice

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $40 - $150
  • Initial session: $150 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $60 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-11:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Private practice, 2020 - Present
Compass Health Center, 2018 - Present
Virtual Connections Academy, 2018 - 2019
University Neuropsychiatric Institute, 2016 - 2018
Norwegian American Hospital, 2015 - 2016
Art Therapy Studio, 2014 - 2016

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MA in Art Therapy, 2015
Bradley University, BS, 2013


Licensure

Illinois: 180.012609

Illinois: 20-064


Languages

English


Therapy Groups

Anna  Celander
Create and Connect

This virtual group art therapy group is to gain insight into your own coping behaviors, receive support from others, maintain accountability to self-reflect or simply learn more about exploring how to express yourself creatively.