“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives."​

-Louise Hay


How Can I Help You?

What do you dream of doing with your life? Forget what others may think or how you may have learned to believe.  What do you REALLY WANT?  Imagine living without fear and living the way you always wanted to -


Just like that.

I am here to guide you and remind you that YOU have the ultimate say in how you create and live your life.

Why work with me?

You'll have the benefit of my life experiences, the support you need to make desired changes, and my want for you to succeed.


What can you expect from our work together?

I will help you navigate through the tough stuff, empower you, help you with self-discovery, and foster steady progress in whichever direction you choose. 


If you’re going through a lot at the moment, the way through it is to look within.

We will address what needs to shift so that you can live the life you always wanted.

Whatever you’re looking to overcome, there’s a way to get past the pain and discomfort so that you can achieve your goals. My process with you involves making positive and practical steps forward that are designed to meet your specific needs.


What exactly does that mean?

It means that with our work, you gain new insights. This will cause you to hold different feelings and beliefs, which will then trigger new actions and results.

Are you ready to take the next step towards creatively living YOUR life?

Contact me today to get started. 


Ellen's Story

Hi there! My name is Ellen Bucciarelli and I am here to help you reach your goals.  Let me start by telling you a bit about my journey. I have always been a creative, sensitive and kind person listening well to others and trying to help out.  I also have my experience of a strong marriage, amazing careers, solid friendships and family. I believe that this speaks volumes of a well-lived life. I’ve seen businesses both flourish and close up shop as I have experienced both the joy and pain of entrepreneurship. Through all of those, I have found self-respect, joy, great satisfaction, and freedom in my life. I have decided to transfer these skills into a fulfilling career, so that I can help you do the same!

“Paint Your Destiny”  offers life coaching & consulting, art therapy and animal assisted therapy. I am here to help you focus on your true passions creating a happier, better version of yourself in the way that works best for you.   Whether you are a creative professional wanting awareness and direction for growth and business or are looking for a creative retirement together, we can work to achieve your expectations, goals and dreams.

Because I find comfort in my creativity, art is a passion of mine. It took time to build the self-confidence and strength to overcome relationship issues, scars of the past, frustrations, misfortunes and difficulties finding insight.  Allow me to guide you to do the same.  Together, we will find your creative passion, whether you are going into retirement, or just want to add that special creative outlet to your active life.

Life Transition Coaching is about tapping into your potential and determining what’s important for the next chapter of your life. Together we uncover obstacles and patterns that may be sabotaging your success and blocking your fulfillment. You can expect from me someone to help you stay focused, on track and accountable.

I’d also like to introduce you to Maggie, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel. (Pictured above!) She and I are a Therapy dog team. She can be a calming force when you feel like there is a storm blowing around you. As the Mayo Clinic states, “Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people with a range of health problems.”

All of this adds up to being your advocate, cheerleader and partner who will also hold your feet to the fire when needed to ensure that you are reaching your goals! We have many paths up the mountain to reach the summit. Together, we’ll make it up there!

I currently am a CPC (Certified Professional Coach)  and ELI-MP (Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner) certified by the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), specializing in business and life transition coaching.

I am a registered Board-Certified Art Therapist who has been practicing for over 25 years, with a Master’s degree in Art Therapy.  I also hold a Masters degree in Teaching in Art for grades K-12.

All artwork featured on this website are Ellen's works of art.


"There are no failures – just experiences and your reactions to them."

-Tom Krause


Transition Coaching

Does it feel like something is missing from your life? Are you  emotionally, mentally, spiritually, creatively, and physically fatigued? Transitions can be tough. It takes courage, awareness and imagination to make it through to the other side.  But you've been here before, haven't you? You know what it takes. But this time it’s harder and you feel like you’re struggling now.

But whatever your goals, have a little faith.  I’m right there with you.

As a trained Certified Professional Coach, I know what it’s like to face transitions. I’ve worked with clients who, like you, were frightened, angry and lacking confidence. Together we will dig into what is holding you back to create new insights and options. We will co-create action plans, strategies and ways to overcome what may feel insurmountable to you.

Partnering with me, you can feel better about your choices and yourself, you move in the right direction and tap into your creativity to help you solve your problems.

If you feel like you’re letting yourself and others down, or feel like you have little confidence not knowing how you got there, you’re not alone. When you feel like things are unfixable and you’ve been taking care of others and not yourself, it may be time to reevaluate your life, yourself and seek your true calling.

I can help you get there. I help you take small steps towards a new you.

With me in your corner, you will be guided towards your true self and passion for life. You will feel better about yourself, you will make changes, and move forward, creating a happier you. You will uncover your full potential and release joy, contentment and a freedom to love yourself.

You are exactly where you are meant to be.


“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”

-Eileen Miller


Business Coaching

Are you coming to shore, or are you still lost at sea?

Businesses have changed so much in recent times. 

So many business owners are in the thick of it, doing all they can to keep things afloat amid the waves of uncertainty crashing around them. They're tapping into all their strength, resources and creativity, but they're still just treading water, and not really getting anywhere.

If every day feels like you’re rocking up and down, unsure of what is coming up next, and you’re a fighter, but sometimes just want to give up, I've got great news.

What would it be like to have someone guide you through the rough waters, and support you as you chart your next course?

As a Professional Certified Coach, I help clients like you make the transition from the unknown to the known. Regardless of where you end up in your journey, you can expect a partner who will help you re-evaluate your options, to grieve or process any losses or changes in your personal or business life, to manage your needs or to help you plan the next chapter of your life.

We can’t control what’s going on in the world, but we can control how we respond to it. When you respond in winning ways, you have winning results.

What would it cost you to not take control of your own future?

Invest in yourself and know that you can have the feeling of control, clarity and confidence during these times. It’s yours to have.

Contact me and let’s talk about the next steps in righting the ship.


Art Therapy

Art Therapy and the creative process enables you to express yourself without words. Learning and growing is possible through self- expression.

A picture tells a thousand words, and because art is a symbolic language, you can process your emotions visually.  Deep meaning is revealed and change occurs from within.

Art is relaxing. It can release and reduce stress as well as increase self-esteem and self- confidence.  I work with young adults ages 18-up through later life.

I address various issues throughout life stages. Art work is discussed through a variety of art mediums.

We will work through the different issues that adults often face throughout the years. Anxiety, fear, depression, and obsessive thinking are some of the symptoms that can be reduced while creating art work and just talking.

Art Therapy also helps with socialization and communication skills. You will learn to articulate your thoughts and feelings represented in your artwork.

I will help you discover yourself and your unconscious perceptions, beliefs, thoughts and feelings.

Art Therapy is also a creative way to help with memory loss for people experiencing stress with emotional and mental challenges. It is very effective with those afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Art triggers dormant memories and emotions. It can help bring lost memories back to conscious awareness.

Art Therapy is personal to me because I have experienced the power of the creative process in my own work as well as in others. We need art to feel fulfilled. I promote Life Coaching and Art Therapy as a means of discovery and change.

Both modalities are process oriented and both together and separately help you reach a new level of awareness while making lasting changes and attaining your goals.


What Clients are Saying

"I enjoyed my coaching sessions with Ellen and found them helpful in starting my own business.  Ellen has strong active listening skills and an insightful, warm communication style.  She partnered with me to get through my procrastination and develop a coaching plan that worked for me.  Highly recommend! "

- Linda W.

 "I have been working with Ellen as a coach to help me with the small business we own. We were severely impacted by the coronavirus. We shut down for several weeks, laid off all of our employees, and saw a significant downturn in sales. Over the last few months that I have worked with Ellen we applied for and received the PPP loan, we brought back several of our employees, devised a plan to safely reopen, and our sales have been increasing. With Ellen’s coaching I was able to tackle some tough business decisions. She helped me tremendously by providing clarity during a stressful time. Every session we set goals and review progress. Her manner is soothing and knowledgeable. She has a business background, as well as excellent coaching skills. I am continuing my sessions with her as I have found them to be invaluable."

- Sally C.

"I worked with Ellen for several months and she helped me dig deep into my own perceptions and thoughts that were creating challenges in my professional and personal life. During our time together, Ellen taught me strategies to change my mindset, consider how my past experiences impact my decision-making, and develop goals and action steps to move me forward. I highly recommend Ellen if you are seeking a transformational experience."

- M. B.


Get in Touch


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