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

-Louise Hay

Paint Your Destiny Offers Non-clinical art therapy and Life Coaching for retirees - on line or in person.


About Ellen

Hello! I am an artist, art therapist and life coach. I guide, motivate and help heal people ages 40-85 who may face retirement changes and challenges, losses, depression, anxiety and life stresses.

As a child, I had an easier time expressing myself artistically rather than verbally. I enjoy helping others do the same when talking can be difficult. It gives you the freedom and allows you to express yourself creatively. In art therapy with me, we talk and you express yourself creatively. It's the combination of both that makes the healing occur.

This is how we change. This is how it works.

I am a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist, licensed in New Jersey. I am an artist, cellist life coach in Bergen County, N.J. I have a Masters degree in art teaching and a Masters degree in art therapy. I am a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC) from IPEC. 

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Maggie, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and I are a retired Therapy dog team.  

“Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people with a range of health problems.”

-Mayo Clinic

Retirement can bring fears of isolation, feeling lost and  alone with unstructured days and much time on hand. I can help you change  and motivate you to work through that and move forward with your life.

Do you miss your co-workers and old life?Friends are so important. 

Are you sad, grieving a loss of a job or a loved one? Are you stressed, feeling anxiety, depression or overwhelmed? Be gentle with yourself. This is a difficult time for you. We will take small steps and learn the best ways for you to heal and take care of yourself.


Art therapy is not like an art class which focuses on techniques, talents and aesthetics. Therapeutic art can improve mood and social and communication skills. Art is relaxing. It can reduce and release stress, improve self esteem, self awareness and self confidence

Making art may prevent Alzheimers and dementia because creativity can help build connectors in the brain. Art therapy can help people feel less alone in the world and  can help them with new challenges in  life to grow and learn.

Art can raise serotonin levels and enhance brain wave patterns and emotions in the nervous system.

We all need art to feel fulfilled. Both art therapy and life coaching  together or on their own can help you to reach a new level of awareness while making lasting changes and attaining your goals. 

I'm right there with you and you're right where you're meant to be so lets start moving forward today

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I believe in helping others with my heart and mind. My wisdom, creativity and intuition are my greatest strengths as well as my keen listening skills.

I am a dedicated and devoted wife to my husband of ten years, Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Associate Certified Coach (ACC) have 30 years experience as an art therapist.  As a dedicated volunteer, I worked on the board of  a non for profit for ten years that housed mentally ill homeless adults, Also I   was the owner of an Art gallery that sold oriental furnishings, pianos and my paintings.

When I'm not working , you'll find me spending time with my family, friends, taking walks, travelling the world, cooking, creating, playing with my dog and living peacefully. I have much gratitude in my life for every life event  and blessing that come my way.

Art Therapy

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

-Eileen Miller


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What Clients are Saying

"I find Ellen to be a warm, caring and brilliant art therapist. I felt perfectly comfortable to be guided by her and the session left me feeling grounded, comforted and supported. She created an effortless space for me to feel safe and easy steps to do personal work using creative methods.i look forward to session number two."

- Michelle J.

"I have always wanted to be a writer and took some writing classes but there was something holding me back- a lack of newness and vitality. When I needed some more hands on help, I knew Ellen could draw my gifts out with her creativity as an artist, writer and musician. She helped me set goals and break through limitations.Ellen encouraged me to try new ideas and techniques. She helped me with the written word - to describe nature- a passion of mine. It was very helpful and set me in motion. She always leaves me  with key points and encouragement! On top of everything else, it's like having my own personal cheerleader! I enjoy our coaching sessions each week."

-  Roe McN

"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. PhD Ed

"I enjoyed my sessions with Ellen and found them helpful for planning my life's desired goals. Ellen has strong active listening skills and an insightful, warm communication style.  She partnered with me to get through my procrastination and develop a plan that worked for me.  Highly recommend! "

- Linda W.


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