Ellen Smithey, MA, ATR-P
Art Therapist, Trauma Informed, Sand Tray Therapy
Ellen is a trauma informed art therapist located in Metro Detroit. She earned her masters degree in counseling and art therapy from George Washington University, and her passion for healing has led her to work in medical and psychiatric hospital settings, with adults and children experiencing homelessness, those struggling with substance use and mental health issues, and those diagnosed with cancer or the family members of the patient. I specialize in women experiencing PTSD, family conflict, trauma, and/or anxiety in their daily lives.
I am here to meet you where you are. Sometimes traditional talk therapy comes to a “stuck” point and not all experiences can be processed verbally. I utilize arts-based medium, sand tray, embodiment techniques, and nature to enhance the healing and processing experience. Additionally I combine intersectional, feminist based psychotherapy, neuropsychology, and trauma informed approaches to curate a unique, collaborative approach to your treatment. I aim to provide each client with a positive, consistent therapeutic experience.