“The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives."
Who am I? My name is Ellen Bucciarelli. I am a licensed, certified, non-clinical Art Therapist and Certified Professional Coach specializing in transitions and retirement. I am an artist, cellist and writer who finds joy helping others find their way. I love working in watercolors, since it relaxes me, gives me a sense of freedom, and helps me express my feelings. I challenge myself by continuously setting new goals to work towards, which gives me the opportunity to grow and support my dreams.
Maggie, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel and I are Therapy dog team.
“Paint Your Destiny” offers non clinical, online or in person professional Art Therapy, life coaching and consulting in the areas of transition and retirement. I am here to help you.
With retirement around the corner, are you afraid of isolating, having too much time on your hands, or feeling lost, and alone with unstructured days? Are you anticipating missing your coworkers and old life?
Are you making a transition in your life, and are unsure of where you are headed?
If you are looking for more of an intentional life with awareness and growth, we can work together to exceed your expectations, realize your dreams, and achieve your goals, all while embracing a creative lifestyle.
We’ll re-evaluate your life. You’ll find confidence, will practice self care and the freedom to love yourself.
With me in your corner, we’ll determine what’s important for this new and exciting chapter of your life. Together we will uncover obstacles that may be sabotaging your success and blocking your fulfillment. We will discover your creative passion, while making an intentional effort to nurture and develop it. You can expect me to help you stay focused, on track, and accountable.
Whatever your goals, have a little faith. I’m right there with you and you’re right where you’re meant to be. Let’s start moving forward together today!
“Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people
with a range of health problems.”
I 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 life transition and retirement coaching.
I am a licensed Art Therapist, ATR-BC, 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.
Fun Fact: All artwork featured on this website are my personal works of art.
“Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.”
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 adults of all ages, with a special concentration in the area of retirement and life transition.
I address various issues throughout life stages. Art work is discussed through a variety of art mediums.
We will work through the different challenges that adults often face throughout the years, especially during retirement. Often times creating art work while discussing what feelings may be coming up for you can improve mood, energy, socialization, communication skills and over all outlook on life. You will learn to articulate your thoughts and feelings represented in your artwork. You will discover yourself through unconscious perceptions, beliefs, thoughts and feelings.
I have extensive experience working with the Alzheimers Association and assisted living facilities where I have used Art Therapy as a creative tool to help with memory loss for people experiencing stress with emotional and mental challenges. It has been 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 holds a special place in my heart, 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 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.
"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! "