Therapeutic Focus & Treatment Modalities
I am an Art Therapist. Art therapy is unique because when words fail us, the act of creative expression can speak volumes. Through process-oriented expression, you are not limited to a specific spoken language, yet instead can offer deeper communication and exploration of your true self. I am comfortable with a wide range of presenting issues; however my specialties lie in the following areas/populations:
- Aging Issues
- Art Therapy
- Compassion Fatigue
- Holistic/ Humanistic Approach
- Life Transitions
- Self-Esteem/ Confidence Building
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Ashley Bostwick, MS, ATR, LPC-IT
Registered Art Therapist
Licensed Professional Counselor – Training
Mental Health Provider
When in school or even now, do you find it easier to focus or are you more comfortable engaging with others, while utilizing a creative outlet? Is it easier to express yourself in non-verbal ways? Art as therapy allows you to do this. I offer a relaxed, safe environment, encouraging you to utilize creativity in a way that helps you to express what is on your mind, process past events, or traumatic experiences. Creativity is not about “being good at art,” rather an exploration of self. Art as psychotherapy offers opportunities to dive deeply into hard-to-reach parts of our lives, past or present, without the pressure of having to verbalize experiences through spoken word.
I am passionate about working with adolescents, adults, and aging adult populations through individual, group, or community engagement sessions. No matter what age we are, we all experience life transitions. Maybe you’re a teen who is exploring their identity or seeking more independence, making new friends, or having a tough time communicating with adults. Or perhaps you are transitioning into retirement or downsizing to an independent senior community, losing loved ones, or the physical or cognitive abilities you once had. I want to help support, normalize, reframe, and validate your experiences through a strength-based and holistic approach. Keeping in mind that our mental health is affected by multiple environments, people, and interactions every day.
I will meet you wherever you are on your journey to mental wellness because I believe you are the expert of your own life. At the beginning of each session, I’ll check in with you and we can decide together whether a more structured directive would be appropriate or if you need a little more freedom of expression or an open studio intervention. As an art therapist and professional counselor, I will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that allows you to feel confident and empowered. You deserve to have your voice heard, feel supported and guided in your therapeutic goals.
*Ashley can accept the following forms of payment: Private Pay (sliding scale for those that qualify), Quartz Insurance (MA plans only), My Choice WI, CCS
- BS in Art from Saginaw Valley State University – Saginaw, MI
- MS Art Therapy & Clinical Counseling from Mount Mary University – Milwaukee, WI
Outside of Work
Ashley enjoys spending time with her daughter, their dog, being outdoors, gardening and creating art.
Certifications and Memberships
- Art Therapy
- Positive Approach to Care Certified Dementia Engagement Leader
- American Art Therapy Association
- Wisconsin Art Therapy Association
Services I Offer
- Ages 12+
- Aging populations and their caregivers
- Individual Skill Development and Enhancement
- Psychoeducation (client and family)
- Art Therapy Individual
- Art Therapy Groups
- Art Therapy Wokshops (grief, art exploration, bereavement, intergenerational art therapy, caregiver support, recovery skills…)
*Art Therapy or Community Art Workshops can be offered as private pay opportunities to small groups, businesses, etc.