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