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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 for retirees - on line or in person
  • Life Coaching- for retirees or transitional work- in person, online or by phone

About Ellen

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. 

“Animal-assisted therapy can reduce pain and anxiety in people

with a range of health problems.”

-Mayo Clinic

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Maggie, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and I are a 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  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 reevaluate 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. 


Art is relaxing. It can release and reduce stress as well as improve self esteem and self confidence. Therapeutic art can improve mood and social and communication skills. Art therapy and the creative process enables you  to express yourself with artwork. 


While "art psychotherapy" focuses more on the verbal exchange during a session, art as therapy (or therapeutic art for our purposes) places more emphasis on the process of creating, which is therapeutic in and of itself. As your guide I provide a safe space to  discuss your thoughts and feelings. Moments of catharsis, discovery and enlightenment often happen spontaneously through art making. My goal is to provide you with that pathway. 


My focus is NOT on the clinical aspects of art therapy as in "art  psychotherapy" If you have a clinical issue that may come up I will refer you to a  psychotherapist. You can expect me to help you stay focused, on track and accountable.

I offer packages of 4, 8 and 12 weeks through whatever materials you have available (I can provide you with a list of suggestions) . No artistic background is required.


Art therapy holds a special place in my heart because I have experienced the power of the creative process in my own life as well as in others. 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.

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!

I am an ACC (Associate Certified Coach),  CPC (Certified Professional Coach)  and ELI-MP (Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner) certified by the the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and 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.

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

-Eileen Miller


Book your complimentary session today!