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Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a type of therapy that uses art processes and materials to help express difficult experiences and feelings. In art therapy, you might use drawing materials, paint, sculpture materials such as clay or sculpey, fabric and fiber arts materials, or other types of art media. Art therapy can help express and explore issues that are difficult to talk about, and can help increase self-awareness. The sensory qualities of art materials help us learn strategies for coping, relaxation, and self-regulation.


Issues Addressed with Art Therapy:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

Trauma Therapy

Seeking therapy to heal from trauma can be a very difficult step to take- as a client or the parent of a client. We prioritize safety in trauma work, and help clients and their families learn to recognize what safety looks like and feels like for the person healing. We teach skills to manage the realities of trauma triggers to ensure safe trauma processing. Trauma treatments offered by Birch Counseling include EMDR (Learn More), one of the most widely respected and researched trauma therapies, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.


Trauma therapy for children or adolescents includes art therapy as well as SMART (Learn More), a sensory-motor, movement and play based treatment for trauma that uses bean bags, a mini trampoline, a spin board, and much more. 

Issues Addressed in Trauma Therapy:

  • Physical, Emotional, or Sexual Abuse

  • Neglect

  • Traumatic events such as natural disasters, accidents, or medical trauma

  • Experiences of Oppression or Rejection due to identity

  • Developmental Trauma (Learn More)

  • Adoption and Attachment Issues

Trauma Therapy

LGBTQIA+ Support

People who identify at various places along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum need safe spaces for support. Sometimes, parents of youth who identify as LGBTQ+ also need support understanding their child’s needs and identity. We hold awareness of systemic injustice and oppression that adds to stress and trauma for people who identify as LGBTQIA+. We offer a gender-affirming approach (Learn More) to therapy, and value the client as the expert on their gender identity. We follow the practice of informed consent (Learn More) for client’s needs related to transition.

Individuals We Support with LGBTQIA+ Needs:

  • People of Diverse Gender Identities

  • People of Diverse Sexual Identities

  • Parents of LGBTQIA+ Youth



DBT stands for Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. This highly effective therapy teaches skills to help manage difficult or overwhelming emotions, tolerate distress, and improve relationships and self-awareness. Based in principles of mindfulness, DBT uses the relationship between a client and a therapist to target the parts of your life that are the most difficult and conflicted, building skills to better solve problems and improve well-being. 

Issues Addressed with DBT: 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Personality Disorders

  • Difficulties with Anger

Fees and Insurance


We are an in-network provider with most Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, except Blue Local and Blue Value plans.

Please Note: Sarah Dunsmore, LCSW's acceptance of BCBS plans is pending


First Session (Assessment): $155

50-Minute Session: $135

90-Minute Session: $190

We offer a reduced rate fee of $100 based on financial need. Please contact me for more information. 

Out-of-Network Services

 We can provide receipts for you to submit for out-of-network benefits upon request. 

Fees and Insurance
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