Betsy Dancey

M.Ed, ATR
Registered Art Therapist, Former Art Educator, Artist

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Services

  • Individual and Group Art Therapy

  • Mindfulness
     

Clinical Specialties

  • Youth, Adolescents and Adults

  • Trauma Informed Care

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Substance Abuse Recovery

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Autism
     

Education

Betsy received her BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University. She obtained
her Art Education teaching certificate, and then received her M.Ed with art therapy from
Wayne State University.

Experience

Betsy currently, through the St. Clair Butterfly Foundation, facilitates group therapy
at Havenwyck Hospital with adolescent and adults receiving care in the day treatment
program. She also works at Hawthorn inpatient psychiatric hospital for children. Prior
to her current work she was employed at TBI Solutions for adults with traumatic brain
injuries. She worked at Common Ground for adults in crisis struggling with mental
illness and individuals working toward substance abuse recovery. With the Ennis
Center. Betsy facilitated group for children in the foster care system and in the
juvenile detention program Finally Betsy has experience with adults and children
with special needs by working at FAR Therapeutic Arts.

Philosophy

Art is powerful and gives people a voice for their life struggles when there may not be
words. When Betsy taught art she noticed that art was helping her students to
express themselves. She wanted to study this further and realized she could help
people more with art and became passionate about art therapy. Through art therapy
people can heal and become more self-aware. With the creative process, guided by an
art therapist, clients can decrease anxiety, increase self-esteem, recover from
substance abuse, find stability with mental disorders, and discover personal strength.
Betsy practices a person-centered approach. She provides a welcoming, safe place
where clients feel comfortable creating art and expressing their emotions. With
directives planned specifically for each person, goals can be met..

Fun Fact

Although it is not a goal to improve art techniques in therapy, if clients want to improve
skills, Betsy can incorporate her art education background into sessions.