Psychotherapy Groups

Open Art Studio (18+) Online

with Estefania Alvarez-Zumarraga, MA, ATR-P 

A safe space for adults to express themselves through the making, sharing, and therapeutic processing of art pieces. 

Open to all levels of expertise! 

Benefits of this group 

  • nurtures social and emotional health
  • promotes relaxation, self-esteem and focus
  • safe space for emotional sharing
  • practice cognitive skills such as planning and problem-solving 
  • Exploration with various art materials  

Time: 6 weeks

November 1st to December 6th 

Sunday

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

*I can mail out art materials one week before the first day of group if needed.

Community Resources, In Our Community, Telemental Health Services, Uncategorized

TELE-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Interested in Teletherapy? Text “teletherapy” to (651) 318-0109

or email to hello@artofcounseling.sprucecare.com

Teletherapy/Tele-Mental Health, or virtual counseling as it’s otherwise known, is the online delivery of therapy services via two-way video conferencing. Sessions are nearly identical to traditional therapy sessions with one major exception. Instead of sitting together in the same room, clients and therapists interact via live secure video conferencing.

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding teletherapy. Teletherapy is a safe and secure method of conducting therapy. There’s a vast array of HIPPA-complaint platforms that allow practitioners to implement tele-mental health for clients with ease. Art of Counseling, LLC offers tele-mental health services that utilizes HIPPA-compliant software.  

TELE-MENTAL HEALTH

ADVANTAGES

Teletherapy/Tele-mental health provides more flexibility when it comes to accessing mental health services.  Scheduling is more convenient and you can have your session in the comfort of your own private space, as long as you have access to a computer (or tablet), internet, and webcam.

RISKS

Protecting your privacy is very important.  We use HIPPA-compliant clinical software from TheraNest (Electronic Health Record)for scheduling, billing, document sharing, and email. We use Spruce Health for secure video conferencing when we conduct our teletherapy sessions.  Once you decide to begin services with one of our therapists, you will be registered as a client by asking for your email address.  Then, you will receive a secure link to the email address you provided for your TheraNest “Client Portal” of which you will have intake paperwork waiting for you to fill out. When you have completed you intake paperwork you will be assigned a therapist and that therapist will share with you their direct “Practice Link,” for teletherapy, messaging and calling.

Although, we will be using encrypted software, I cannot guarantee total privacy and security.  It is possible for there to be a breach in confidentiality by hackers or if nonsecure devices fall into the wrong hands.  As such, you will be using teletherapy at your own risk.  

We recommended that you take these additional precautions:

Do not use a public computer.

Use a private computer with a firewall to strengthen your privacy and security.

Do not share or authorize other people to use your username and password.

Recommendations:

Meet in a private space.

Wear head phones during session.

Place something that creates white noise outside door (fan or sound machine,etc)

APPROPRIATENESS

It is important to understand that teletherapy is not appropriate for everyone.  Our clinicians will assess your appropriateness and readiness for use of Telemental Health Services. Teletherapy is best suited for people with concerns that can be addressed within a relatively short amount of time (e.g., less than 3 months).  Specifically, teletherapy is most appropriate for people who have some ability to cope with stressors in adaptive ways. 

WIth that said, in the event of illness or transportation issues, as well as inclement weather or other world events that may make it difficult for anyone to physically get to their scheduled appointment, teletherapy is a good short term solution for all patients.

HOW DOES ART THERAPY WORK IN TELETHERAPY?

First let’s assess what you have at home, colored pencils, markers, pastels, crayons, watercolors, paper, glue, scissors, etc. When you first meet with your therapist you will discuss art material availability. Art therapy, with a registered Art Therapist, through Telemental Health Services are created by sharing images, written and visual journaling entries that are created during and in between sessions. Art Therapists support a client’s visual expression of therapeutic themes and skills, while honoring appropriate emotional responses through the art making process.

INFORMED CONSENT FOR TELETHERAPY/TELE-MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

“Telemedicine” means the delivery of health care services or consultations while the patient is at an originating site and the licensed health care provider is at a distant site. A communication between licensed health care providers that consists solely of a telephone conversation, e-mail, or facsimile transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services. A communication between a licensed health care provider and a patient that consists solely of an e-mail or facsimile transmission does not constitute telemedicine consultations or services. Telemedicine may be provided by means of real-time two-way, interactive audio and visual communications, including the application of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward technology to provide or support health care delivery, which facilitate the assessment, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, and care management of a patient’s health care. MN Statute Sec 256B.0625, subdivision 8 & 147.033

I understand I have the following rights with respect to teletherapy:

  • I have the right to withhold or withdraw consent at any time without affecting my right to future care or treatment. 
  • The laws that protect the confidentiality of my personal information also apply to teletherapy. As such, I understand that the information released by me during the course of my therapy sessions is generally confidentially. However, there are both mandatory and permissive exceptions to confidentiality, which are discussed in detail in the general Informed Consent for Psychotherapy and Office Policies I received with this consent. 
  • I understand there are risks and consequences from teletherapy, including, but not limited to, the possibility, despite reasonable efforts on the part of Art of Counseling, PLLC that: the transmission of my information could be interrupted or distorted by technical failures and/or the transmission of my personal information could be interrupted by unauthorized persons. I understand that I am responsible for providing the necessary computer telecommunications equipment and internet access for my teletherapy sessions, the information security on my computer, and arranging a location with sufficient lighting and privacy that is free from distractions or intrusions for my teletherapy session. 
  • In Addition, I understand that teletherapy based services and care may not be as complete as in-person services. I understand that if my therapist believes I would be better served by another form therapeutic services or interventions I will be referred to a professional who can provide such services in my area. I also understand that there are potential risks and benefits associated with any form of psychotherapy, and that despite my efforts and efforts of my therapist, my condition may not improve, or may have the potential to get worse. Finally, I understand that I may benefit from teletherapy, but that results cannot be guaranteed or assured. 
  • I understand I will attend the first session in-person (when at all possible) at Art of Counseling, PLLC in order to gather information, go through paperwork, process, and questions. I understand that I will be asked to periodically attend an in-person session at Art of Counseling, PLLC if so many miles from the office and/or my therapist sees a benefit. 
  • While teletherapy is a great way to get help with many of life’s challenges, overwhelming or potentially dangerous challenges are best met with in-person professional support. I understand that teletherapy is neither a universal substitute, nor the same as, in-person psychotherapy treatment. I accept the distinctions made using teletherapy vs. in-person psychotherapy. In particular, I accept that teletherapy does not provide emergency services. I agree that certain situations including emergencies and crises are inappropriate for teletherapy based psychotherapy services. 
  • During our first session, Art of Counseling will discuss an emergency response plan. If I am experiencing an emergency situation, I understand that I can call 911 or proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room for help. I understand that an emergency situation any include thoughts about hurting or harming myself or others, having uncontrolled psychotic symptoms, if I am in a life threatening or emergency situation, and/or if I am abusing drugs or alcohol and are not safe. If I am having suicidal thoughts or making plans to harm myself, I can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free 24 hour hotline support. 
  • I understand that while email and phone calls may be used to communicate with Art of Counseling, confidentiality of those communication services cannot be guaranteed. 
  • I understand that I have a right to access my personal information and copies of medical records in accordance with HIPAA privacy rules and applicable state law, discussed in detail in the general Informed Consent for Psychotherapy and Office Policies I received with this consent. 
In Our Community

Practice Updates for – COVID19

Good afternoon,  

With the state of Minnesota closing schools starting Wednesday, March 18th, to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we want to ensure you that Art of Counseling therapists will continue to be available through in-person and telemental health services.  

Because staying connected to the community is important for our mental health, we will be respecting the “social distancing” guidelines and continuing to offer emotional support and continuation of treatment goals. 

Current basics as of 3/17/2020: 

  • Scheduled individual therapy sessions will continue. Please reach out to your individual therapist with concerns before your session:
    • + If you are interested in telemental health for your scheduled appointment.
    • + If you have any symptoms of illness (cold, flu or COVID-19, etc.)
  • This week, our individual therapist and group facilitators will be reaching out to you over the phone or in person to survey the readiness of telemental health services.
  • For those that are coming in for individual sessions, please do not bring unnecessary additional people to wait in the waiting, when at all possible. Our waiting room is small.  Help us keep a safe space for people who need to or prefer to continue in person therapy

Ways to quell the anxiety around the coronavirus:

  1. First, you are not alone. 
  2. Manage your media diet.  Reduce social media and rely on trusted forms of communication, such as the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization
  3. Stick to a routine.  For example, work or do school work during your regular hours if possible even if from home.
  4. Support each other. Volunteer in “social distancing” spaces to help those hardest hit by the outbreak.

Give Mindfulness a try. A great way to do that is to use meditation or other mindfulness exercises, which encourage you to notice what’s happening with your feelings in the moment in a nonjudgmental way

  • Find other things to talk about!

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/13/how-to-stay-calm-amid-coronavirus-pandemic-anxiety-relief-tips.html

Ways to stay connected and activities that are “social distancing” friendly:

  • Call to say hello to family and friends.  
  • Call or message those that maybe experiencing extreme isolation.
  • Create a pandemic free private group on social media for friends and family that what to stay in contact. 
  • Send a card or letter via snail mail to let others know you are thinking about them.
  • Play games with your children and reduce talk about the outbreak.
  • Go for a walk, bike ride, do yard work, listen to music or the songs birds, connect with nature.
Psychotherapy Groups, Trauma- Informed

Trauma Informed Skills Group, Thursdays 1:30pm-3:00pm Starting April 2nd

Thursdays 1:30pm-3:00pm  Starting April 2nd

(17 weeks) Adults 18+

  • Increase Social Connection
  • Gain an Understanding of How Trauma Affects the Brain
  • Strengthen the Relationship with Yourself from Within
  • Learn Skills for Mindfulness, Managing Emotions, Improving Relational Connections, Noticing Within, and Future Resilience.

Group Details: Together we will explore how trauma affects not only the brain but also how it impacts our perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and responses to everyday events.  We will also explore skills to help better manage mental health symptoms and trauma responses, improve one’s sense of freedom and choice, reduce misplaced guilt and shame, improve relationships with self and others, and increase the quality of life through self-compassion and the strengthening of core skills for facing life’s challenges. 

Insurance Accepted:

Medicaid of MN (MA), UCare, Hennepin Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica.

No Insurance/Out of pocket pay   $425  (17-week group)

Location:

Art of Counseling, 275 4th St East #301 St. Paul 55101

Facilitator:

Taylor Vance MA, ATR-P

To register, sign-up below or for more information, talk to your therapist or contact Taylor at 651-362-4908 or email her at: taylor@artofcounselingstpaul.com

Psychotherapy Groups, Trauma- Informed

Trauma Informed Skills Group Starting March 5th, 2020

Thursdays 11:30am-1:00pm  Starting March 5th, ending June 26th 

(17 weeks) Adults 18+

  • Increase Social Connection
  • Gain an Understanding of How Trauma Affects the Brain
  • Strengthen the Relationship with Yourself from Within
  • Learn Skills for Mindfulness, Managing Emotions, Improving Relational Connections, Noticing Within, and Future Resilience.

Group Details: Together we will explore how trauma affects not only the brain but also how it impacts our perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and responses to everyday events.  We will also explore skills to help better manage mental health symptoms and trauma responses, improve one’s sense of freedom and choice, reduce misplaced guilt and shame, improve relationships with self and others, and increase the quality of life through self-compassion and the strengthening of core skills for facing life’s challenges. 

Insurance Accepted:

Medicaid of MN (MA), UCare, Hennepin Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medica.

No Insurance/Out of pocket pay   $425  (17-week group)

Location:

Art of Counseling, 275 4th St East #301 St. Paul 55101

Facilitator:

Dana Erickson MA, LADC, ATR-P

To register, sign-up below or for more information, talk to your therapist or contact Dana at 651-362-4629 or email her at: dana@artofcounselingstpaul.com

Psychotherapy Groups

Adolescent Art Therapy Group, Starting Sept. 19th, 2019 @ 6:30pm.

Adolescent Art Therapy Group

Thursdays from 6:30-8pm – Sept. 19-Dec. 1

Objectives

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Increase Social Connection
Discover & Enhance Self-Expression Develop & Strengthen a Sense of Identity Cultivate Self-Compassion

ALL THROUGH THE CREATIVE ART PROCESS!

Details

  • Open to adolescents 15-18 years old
  • $325 for 13-week group ($25 per group)
  • Insurance Accepted

Medicaid of MN (MA), UCare, Hennepin Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield,

Medica, United Health Care/United Behavioral Health/Optum

 

Location Art of Counseling, 275 4th St East #301 St. Paul 55101

 

To register or for more information, contact Maureen at 651-362-5015/ maureen@artofcounselingstpaul.com

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Psychotherapy Groups, Uncategorized

Open Art Therapy Studio – Aug 14/2019

trzcacak.rs-white-watercolor-png-226210Building community through art making and reflection.

Ages 18+       Every Wednesday Starting August 14th – December 10am-11:30am.

Explore with others in a creative space while using art therapy techniques!

$25/session or some insurances accepted (please inquire).

Contact Lenaya or sign up below. 651-318-0109

Please register by filling out the form below.

 

Job Postings

Hiring Mental Health Professionals/Art Therapists

Mental Health Professionals

Art of counseling is hiring Mental Health Professionals that are looking to join a group private practice in St. Paul, MN. Art of Counseling, pllc is a psychotherapy group that provides a blend of art, relational, and trauma informed therapies. Our therapists collaborate with individuals in developing a holistic lens, giving a unique perspective to the human experience, leading to emotional healing through the power of storytelling and creative expression.

The Mental Health Therapist provides individual and family therapy, performs diagnostic assessments, and guides the coordination of services. Develops individual treatment plans in conjunction with the client and other individuals as indicated. Provides mental health services and supports to assist clients achieve their resilience and recovery goals. In addition, this position also assumes all responsibilities of an independently licensed professional, including managing scheduling, reports, and approvals for all assessment and treatment documents.

The schedule is flexible, group private practice hours are generally including some evenings.  Weekends are also available.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field.
  • Must be qualified as a Mental Health Professional maintaining a LICSW, LP, LPCC, or LMFT license.

Preferred:

  • Therapist who are registered in one of the following creative therapies (Art, Music, Drama, Poetry, Play, etc.) or working toward a creative art therapies registration.

Pay:

Independent Contractor

Full time and Part time spots are available

 

Contact:

Heather Matson, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC

Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistBoard Certified Registered Art Therapist Art of Counseling, pllc. 275 4th St. E. #301, St Paul 55101

heather@artofcounselingstpaul.com

Office Voice Mail:(651) 318-0109 Cell: (612) 554-8446 Fax: (651) 344-0515

http://www.artofcounselingstpaul.com

Psychotherapy Groups

Art Therapy Studio Starting, 3/25/19

18+ Every other Monday Starting March 25th – May 20th from 3:30-5pm

Explore with others in a creative space while using art therapy techniques.

$25/session or some insurance are accepted.

275 4th St. E. #301, St Paul, MN 55101

Contact Hannah at 651-318-0109 Ext. 702 or Register below.