Donna Heller M.Ed., M.A., ATR-BC, is a seasoned educator and art therapist celebrating over 30 years providing art therapy support in bereavement, palliative care, hospice care, the schools, and a nationally recognized hospital for children. She specializes in providing individual support for grief, complicated grief, sudden loss and youth and family grief issues. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve, witness, and hold space for her clients as they step into their grief and find the light in the darkness
With a master’s degree in art therapy, she is a registered and board certified art therapist. Her approach is grounded in recognizing that art is the container that holds the feelings for which we have no words. This allows for more space on our insides to problem-solve and find new ways of creating resilience and a new normal after loss. She believes in meeting children as well as adults where they are and building on one’s strengths from there. Her approach welcomes all feelings as messages that inform us of what we need through not only art, but also journaling, writing, music, movement and verbal processing. One need not have any experience with art prior to engagement. It is with the willingness that one allows for what needs to surface.
When she is not meeting with clients and youth and families, Donna is hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, reading, meditating, doing her own artwork, and journaling. She also continues to love cooking and baking. One of Donna’s greatest joys is spending time with her two daughters and their families.