Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW
245 Metro Dr, Appleton WI 54913
Empowering individuals—those living with social, cognitive, emotional, physical and/or spiritual needs—through music, art and mental health therapies to improve health & well-being.
Expressive Therapies offers numerous groups for all ages and populations. See below for group descriptions and flyers.
Most groups start in May. Registration is now open! Must have initial appointment prior to group starting ~
Contact us for more information on groups and how to register.
Group therapy can be very successful and powerful for most individuals.
Group therapy, regardless of the group focus, allows for numerous benefits
including, but not exclusive to the following:
• Space to gain insight into interpersonal effectiveness and building of interpersonal skills and social skills
• Realization that one is not alone.
• Facilitates giving and receiving support, allowing some to “find their voice”.
• Motivation from peers/other group members to make a change.
• Provides a space to relate to others in a healthy environment.
• Provides space to express feelings in a safe place.
Expressive Therapies offers multiple group settings in order to best meet the needs of each individual.
Look below to learn more about the following groups:
Social Skills and Music Psychotherapy (Level I and Level II) (ages 4-11)
Tuning in Through Music and Art (Preteens and teens)
Socializing in Music (Teens and Young Adults)
Syncopated Senses (Level I and Level II)
Drawing on Strengths (Teens)
WAM! (1 and 2) (ages 6-9)
Neurologic Music Therapy and Aphasia (18 and older)
Neurologic Music Therapy and Physical Rehabilitation (18 and older)
Empowering Art (Specifically for preteens/teens who have siblings who have been adopted)
Empowering Art (for individuals who have been adopted)
Midweek Mindfulness (18 and older)
Attachment and Attunement (mothers and infants)
Rhythms and Regulation (I and II)
Groovin' in the Music (Caregiver and 18 month-4 years)
Just for Today - open art studio for all ages and abilities
Creative Expressions - Art Therapy, Music Therapy and creative Writing (preteen/young teen girls)
Creative Expressions (8-10 year old girls)
Boys Only! art therapy group learning emotional expression (preteen boys)
CRESCENDO - our bands for preteen through adults - school year only
Contact Expressive Therapies for questions relating to any of these groups!
Click here for more information about all groups.
At our December 2017 concert
A band for individuals (preteen through adults) looking to connect, practice social skills and play an instrument. We currently have three bands that meet on
Thursday nights, providing a place to build connections, practice social skills & create music together.
CRESCENDO runs weekly (end of January - beginning of May)
Contact Expressive Therapies for more information!
Groovin' in the Music
This group is for caregiver and child (ages 18 months to 4 years) seeking to engage in activities that will stimulate your child’s developing brain, sensory system and physical body.
Through music therapy - caregiver and child will engage in purposeful play and music.
Families will leave group with great melodies and new insights into using play as a tool for healthy development.
Potential Side Effects:
Through small group music psychotherapy interventions – group participants will gain experiences with:
Social use of language Initiating and maintaining conversations
Gaining empathy and perspective
Improving attention and organization
Improving emotional regulation
Improving interpersonal skills
45 minute or 60 minute groups
Small group sizes of similar ages and strengths. An initial screening is required prior to your child/teen beginning in the group setting. Cost is dependent on length of group. Insurance and/or other funding may be available to help offset the cost. Please contact Expressive Therapies to discuss what out-of-pocket costs may be for your individual situation!
Music is a very powerful tool! We don’t need any experience or special talent on an instrument in order to benefit from the powers and motivation of music! These groups will incorporate listening to favorite music, expanding knowledge of music and instruments, creative movement, song writing and working together with problem solving and teamwork!
Tuning in Through Music and Art
A group for preteens and teens to learn to use music in grounding & centering themselves, practicing emotional regulation, distress tolerance skills, gaining empathy and communication skills!
Through small group music and art psychotherapy interventions group members will gain experience in:
This10-week Art Therapy group allows pre-teens through young adults, who have siblings who are adopted,
(and a separate group those who have been adopted) to engage with the creative process and learn how to reflect,
honor, and share their personal experiences with others in emotionally safe ways.
When artwork is created with other people, a sense of community is created as well.
This group focuses on increasing self-awareness, communication skills, and emotional expression.
Participants will engage in various art therapy experientials and have the opportunity to reflect
on personal experiences while learning how to creatively relate and share their experiences
with others in their “community.”
Contact us for more group information. Registration is required.
Please contact Expressive Therapies with questions.
Socializing in Music
A Social Skills group for teens and young adults!
This is a 10-week social skills group that gathers teens and young adults with similar strengths and needs with a goal to improve upon their social skills.
The skills that will be focused on include:
Progress is measured using a social skills scale and a prompting scale that objectively explain where each individual's social skill levels are in each session.
Our goal is for each participant to improve upon their social skills by at least 1 skill level over the course of the 10-week group!
Art therapy can be used as a means to connect the mind and body in relation and response to relaxation, stress, and trauma.
Through this connection, transformation can occur, creating a path towards growth and healing.
Through the mind-body connection, emotions are manifested throughout the body.
Artwork (both images and engagement with the creative process) acts as a bridge, connecting the mind with the body.
This is a 10-week Art Therapy group focused on Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Reflection Skills. This group is for adults.
What can be experienced with a regular Mindfulness practice?
Contact Expressive Therapies if you have any questions or to register for an initial appointment and for group.
Just for Boys!
Exploring Dynamic Expression
This art therapy-based group provides tween boys the opportunity to explore and regulate their emotions through creative expression.
Benefits of art therapy in a group setting include:
Writing with Art and Music
WAM I and II is a 10-week group for kids ages 6-10 combining art therapy, music therapy and creative writing. Benefits of joining WAM include increased opportunities to build self-esteem, engage in self-expression and emotion regulation through the creative arts, as wells as improving social skills.
No previous experience or skill in the creative arts is necessary.
Neurologic Music Therapy and Aphasia
What is Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT)?
Neurologic Music Therapy uses music elements such as rhythm and melody in order to help rebuild damaged areas of the brain.
Rhythm and melody assist in activating non-damaged brain areas to create additional neural pathways to support recovery from brain damage.
Neuroscience has found that music stimulates the entire brain, reinforcing the use of music as a tool to create change.
How does music help?
When the left side of the brain is damaged, speech and language is often impacted.
Neurologically trained music therapists follow specific protocols using music to “bypass” the affected areas of the brain
and work with undamaged areas of the brain to create new neuropathways.
Often if someone’s speech is affected, they are still able to sing. This is a helpful tool within NMT.
Group is for individual affected with Aphasia and if they would like to bring a caregiver they are welcome as well.
Just for Today
Expressive Therapies is providing a 10 week Open Art Studio allowing individuals to explore our art studio, engage together, get creative, and encourage experimentation in an atmosphere of cultural exchange, conversation, encouragement and freedom of expression.
What can be learned by creating art?
Rhythms and Regulation - Level I and Level II
Join us for practical and functional music, sensory based, life changing interventions to improve social participation, teamwork, self-regulation, sensory modulation, gross and fine motor development and cognition; all through activities that just feel like fun!
Potential side effects:
Improved sense of self
Growth in learning how to regulate own emotions
Growth in learning how to regulate own sensory needs
Improved body awareness and sense of space
Being a teen can be really stressful!
This is an art therapy group focusing on improving self-esteem, creating friendships, improving self-awareness,
and learning to regulate emotions through new coping techniques.
This group is open to any individual ages 14-19 whether this student is neurotypical or atypical.
Ideal for supporting mental health needs (improving mood, decreasing stress, decreasing anxiety).
Pas de Deux
Clients and therapist agree upon a focus, from here the therapist & music are co-therapists for the imagery work. Utilizing carefully selected music, depending upon the focus and desire of the session, the purpose of the session is to get “a glimpse of the psyche”. The intent is to address one specific issue or intention.
After the imagery work is over, the experience is continued on paper, in order to process, usually through a mandala.
Imagery is more than just visualization. Types of imagery may include:
visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), kinesthetic (internal sense of movement in the body), body (distortion of body parts), and noetic (a very strong sense of knowing).
In the group, we would identify common themes to focus on for the imagery portion of group. During this part, we shared what was going on in our lives, and this was a great way to get to know the fellow group members. The music was well chosen – not having lyrics seemed especially beneficial – and music that didn’t belong to an “extreme” genre was helpful so it wasn’t triggering to group members. Sara has a very relaxing voice that helped to guide the imagery portion of the experience. Focusing on the theme and using music really helped to “carry” the imagery experience. My favorite part of the group was processing the images we drew and identifying how they related to what we and other group members were going through, then eventually recognizing common themes / metaphors / etc. was really neat. Having other people to give feedback / point out different perspectives was very helpful.
~ M (group member)
Sometimes Music Therapy is not the best match for the group of clients we are working for. At times, music enrichment may be a better option. Music enrichment is still led by board-certified music therapists, however we do not set individual goals for each client or document on these sessions that we provide.
This is an option that many facilities appreciate in order to meet the needs of their clients.
Expressive Therapies will travel to your location to provide these groups.
Sara also teaches music enrichment classes for youth/young adults with special needs through Lawrence Academy.
Check out Lawrence Academy of Music's webpage to learn more!
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