Throughout her 17 years of providing mental health services, Stephanie has been engaged by an individual’s ability to communicate complex emotional challenges through creative expression. Combining creative arts with psychotherapy, she offers children, adolescents, adults, families and groups a variety of non-traditional modalities as gateways to exploring both their struggles and strengths.
Stephanie brings a diversity of skills to her current work. She has been trained in school systems, psychiatric hospitals, day treatment centers and in the homes of families in crisis. She has participated in multi-disciplinary teams in statewide agencies and accepted private contracts and grants to provide unique, specialized services in art therapy.
Stephanie was trained at Wheaton College and Lesley University and maintains a state license as a Clinical Professional Counselor. She received her Board Registration in Art Therapy in 2005 and Certification in 2011. Stephanie participates and maintains memberships in a variety of state and national counseling associations.
Ayla Zeimer, LCPC-c, received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, and provides individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. Ayla has extensive training in the treatment of trauma, and is certified in Internal Family Systems (Level I). She has a breadth of experience in incorporating mindfulness, play, the body, art, and neuroscience into therapy to help her clients gain insight, regulate, and express their emotions. Combining expressive arts modalities with evidenced based psychotherapy approaches, Ayla creates a cohesive, organic, and individualized treatment experience with her clients.
Over the last decade, Ayla has worked as an educational farmer, a wilderness adventure guide, an early childhood teacher, and program coordinator at the Center for Grieving Children. Through these experiences, Ayla has been reminded of the transformation made possible through experiential and expressive interventions. She believes healing is inherently creative and is always honored and excited to share in the change process.
To contact Ayla directly, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 207-482-0552
Caroline "Tookie" Bright began her formal and experiential education in 2002 when she became a "Volcano Room" facilitator for The Center for Grieving Children in Portland, ME. Captivated by the transformational powers of people's creative and emotional capacities, Tookie's passion for expressive modalities flourished leading her down an evolving road of personal and professional exploration.
Trained in Bereavement, Parenting, Community Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Hospice, Oncology, and Camp Psychology, Tookie offers many skills to support her work with children, adolescents, adults, families and groups.
In 2010, Tookie developed the Healing Tree Children's Program for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. Tookie has grown her clinical skills in this role as both an administrator and clinician, utilizing many non-traditional expressive modalities including play, art, guided-imagery, adventure, and sandplay.
Tookie was trained at the University of New England for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She maintains a state license as a Clinical Social Worker and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. Tookie is also a member of the Association of Oncology Social Work.
To contact Tookie directly, you can reach her at Cbright@une.edu or 207-752-0629
Elizabeth Walker (LCPC-c) received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Expressive Art Therapy from Goddard College in Vermont. She sees a light and potential within everyone, and believes that expressive art modalities create alternative and important ways of connecting in any relationship.
Before graduate school, Elizabeth majored in English at the University of Kansas, worked two years on a dude ranch in Montana, and was a nanny in Connecticut. After she moved back to Maine, Elizabeth was a preschool teacher for fifteen years. There, she learned the importance of learning through play, of meeting children and their families where they are and of understanding how we are all part of a larger system and context that must be acknowledged for wholeness to be attained.
From early trips to the symphony and art museums, to time spent at flea markets and fabric shops, Elizabeth Walker has been surrounded by Expressive Art for as long as she can remember. Elizabeth finds that the metaphors in collage and textile art, and the idea of “mending beautifully”, fit her theoretical orientation and her lived experience.
To contact Elizabeth directly, you can reach her at email@example.com or 207-209-4043.