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Welcome to ATCC ! 

We are accepting new clients ! 

Ages 8+


Resilient Roots; An empowerment, self-actualization, stress reduction, and mindfulness group.

Who? A co-ed group for kids ages 12 and up who enjoy self-exploration through the use of the creative process.

About? Using mindfulness principles as the framework for art-making, introducing tools for stress reduction to promote balance, energy, and self-resilience. Encouraging group members to reflect internally and externally. In the last group, clients will each create a mini zen garden to take home and prizes will be raffled.

Group Themes:

self-awareness promoting imagination, encouraging advocacy, exploring empathy

encouraging self-confidence, building emotional resilience, promoting balance, safety, and trust

Where? Art Therapy & Creative Counseling LLC; 80-1 Plains Rd. Essex, CT

When? Wednesday, October 12 - November 30 th 5-6 pm (8 weeks)

Facilitator: Susan Holmes, B.A. Psychology, Expressive Arts Facilitator, Master Reiki Practitioner, REACE eligible

Availability: 6-8 participants

To register call Heather Bushey at 860.754.6234 Or email: [email protected]

Registration is required to secure a spot. Insurance accepted

Circle of Security Parenting Program

This is a program for parents who want to increase satisfaction in their relationships with their children, to increase confidence in their parenting, and to decrease con:lict in the family.

Did you know...

Children who are more secure are more able to enjoy happiness with their parents, turn to their parents when in trouble, solve problems on their own, have lasting friendships, have higher self-esteem, and more!

This program is researched based, and proven to be effective in increasing secure parent-child relationships!

This 8-week program will be beginning Nov [email protected] 5pm

If interested call immediately to secure your spot.

Where? Art Therapy & Creative Counseling; 80 Plains Rd. Essex, CT Facilitator: Rebecca Tydeman, LMFT

Heather Bushey

Founder & Clinical Director

Master in Art Thera​py (MAAT)

Nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Mission Statement

We strive to provide individuals, families, and children with the nav​igation​al tools to overcome the obstacles that life often presents by designing strategies for resolving internal and interpersonal conflicts. We believe in the positive power of the creative process and the resilience of the human spirit.

Katy McNicholas, Clinician

Nationally Registered Art Therapist (ATR)

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Dr. Sharon J. Koch, LCSW

Dr. Sharon J. Koch, Clinician

Doctor Of Education (Ed.D)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Rebecca Tydeman, LMFT

Rebecca Tydeman, Clinician

Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor (LMFT)

Susan Holmes, Expressive Arts Consultant

 Psychology (B.A.)

  Master Reiki Practitioner

Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE) eligible

With over 25+ years of combined experience working with a diverse variety of populations, here are some of the areas and populations we specialize in.


  • Adolescents ages 8 +
  • Pre-Teens
  • Teens
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Groups

Areas of Speciality:

  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorders 
  • Learning Disorders
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Peer/sibling conflict
  • Sensory issues

  • Adult Treatment
  • Parent Support
  • Couples Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Divorce Mediation 
  • Depression
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Reiki

Therapeutic Modalities:

Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Sand Therapy, Talk and Walk Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavior Modification Therapy, Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

Clinician Biographies​

Katy McNicholas, MA, ATR, LPC 

~Adolescents 8+ Parent Support

Katy is a licensed professional counselor and registered art therapist. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut 

Katy has worked with clients in a variety of settings including community health centers, outpatient clinics, emergency shelters, therapeutic and mainstream schools, hospice, and hospitals. She has treated clients suffering from general stress and overwhelming feelings that come with life changes and transitions, difficulty learning and socializing, and she has provided therapeutic relief to those facing more severe hardships such as trauma and loss. Katy’s approaches to treatment are based on cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy models. Art and expressive therapies are used as a tool to connect and communicate with clients who may be more apprehensive to traditional talk therapies. Katy believes the relationship between client and therapist serves as the foundation for positive change. She strives in meeting the clients where they are at on their journey to healing and promoting and building upon natural strengths, and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University. 

Rebecca Tydeman, LMFT

~Ages 17+ Adults, Couples, Relationship Coaching, Divorce Mediation 

Rebecca is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Education from 

the University of South Carolina. She holds a Masters of Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. Rebecca believes that the quality of interpersonal relationships is a primary factor in wellness. She specializes in relational work; couples and family therapy, parenting skills, social skills, grief, and interpersonal effectiveness. Rebecca utilizes modalities including but not limited to CBT, solution-focused therapy, structural family therapy, and Gestalt. Rebecca has experience working with clients struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, ASD, and more. Rebecca values the strong connections she has with her clients as a vehicle for healing and change. She believes in the transformative power of peer support and has experience facilitating many groups including social learning and grief. Rebecca enjoys being active outside, spending time with loved ones and engaging in music. She practices a balanced self-care plan including wellness of mind, body, and spirit, and assists clients in creating and maintaining this as well. 

Heather T. Bushey, MAAT, ATR, LPC

~Teens and Adults

Heather is the Founder and Clinical Director of Art Therapy & Creative Counseling, as well as a Nationally, Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed 

Professional Counselor. She holds a Master of Art in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a certificate in Art Therapy from School of Visual Arts in NYC. Heather has over ten years of experience working with a diverse range of populations including children, adolescents and adults. Heather uses a holistic treatment approach, including Art Therapy, as a way to enhance the therapeutic process when traditional talk therapy alone is not effective. She has a great amount of experience working with attentional issues, learning disorders, anxiety, adjustment issues, parent support, environmental stressors and work-life balance. She specializes in teens and young adults, with training in Cognitive Behavioral and Behavior Modification therapies as well as Motivational Interviewing. She believes in aiding clients to regain the idea that they can overcome challenges and obstacles. By providing coping strategies and unyielding support.

Dr. Sharon J. Koch, LCSW


Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with wide-ranging experience in the fields of education and counseling. She holds a doctorate from the 

University of Hartford in Educational Leadership, as well as a Master of Education degree. She is certified as a school social worker in grades K through 12, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Master of Social Work degree, majoring in group work. Sharon’s experience as a therapist, educator, and dean in college settings has helped many clients navigate issues such as returning to college as an adult learner, feelings of being overwhelmed, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and situational stressors. Sharon is a strong listener and will seek to partner with clients to identify thought and behavior practices that deprive them of meeting their goals. 

Additionally, Sharon has an appreciation for the arts and makes handmade quilts as her personal creative outlet. She respects the mind-body connection and supports nutritional improvements as a key element for feeling better. Sharon is accepting and non-judgmental and will tailor her therapeutic approach so that each individual seeking to reach their goals has an inspired advocate.

Susan Holmes, B.A.

~Groups & Reiki

Susan is an expressive arts facilitator and educator. She utilizes various modalities based on an individual’s needs which may incorporate one or more of the following; dance and movement, poetry, creative writing, visual arts, music, sculpture, collage, and puppetry in a safe, supportive setting. Creativity is an innate ability and studies have shown that art-making can; reduce anxiety, lessen depression, help with pain management while simultaneously boost self -esteem.

As a certified Reiki practitioner, Susan aids her clients in relaxation practices through gentle touch and meditation in order to promote emotional and physical healing. In addition, Susan is a multimedia artist inspired by the natural world around her. Her work has been shown at the Lyme Art Association and Six Summit Gallery in Connecticut.