Create and Connect


Who: This is an open group in which new members can join at any time. However, this group will be capped at 4 participants. If for any reason a group member is unable to continue to participate, a spot will be opened for a new member to join.

What: Each week, the art therapy prompt will be emailed out to group members. If you wish to begin working on this prompt prior to the group beginning at 4:30, you may. Regardless, there will be 30 minutes to either work on your artwork, or further reflect on the piece you completed prior to group through a journaling prompt. The remainder of the group time will be spent sharing/processing.

When: Every other Sunday, starting October 4th, 5:00-6:30pm.

Where: This will be a virtual art therapy group. Sessions will be conducted using a secure telehealth platform.

Why: Virtual group art therapy can be a powerful and effective way to connect to others, particularly during trying times. You may be joining this group 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.

Group Therapist

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.

Anna Celander

Every other Sunday, 5:00pm-6:30

Illinois, USA