My Approach

My approach to therapy is grounded in client-centered, humanistic, expressive, and relational concepts that focus on a person’s individual nature instead of categorizing people into boxes of problems. The most important part of therapy is creating and maintaining a strong relationship and this is always at the forefront of care in my practice.

With children, we can use the modalities of play and the expressive arts to identify needs, work towards goals, and build skills. This often looks like us playing with toys, creating art, making music, or wearing capes in our therapy sessions. Play therapy is the leading approach recommended for children ages 3-12 to support therapeutic change as children process emotionally through play.

With teens, I lean on “geek therapy” ideas such as anime, dungeons and dragons, Roblox, and whatever else your teen may be interested in to enhance the therapy process.Utilizing these preferences and strengths of teens allows us to process difficult topics with some “aesthetic distance”; thus providing teens with confidence and the esteem to verbalize their difficulties and develop coping skills.

With adults, we can utilize whatever modality you’d like to explore in this work. Our sessions can incorporate verbal processing, reflection, mindfulness, CBT techniques, and creative expression. If you’ve tried traditional counseling and found it wasn’t a fit for you, then creative arts and expressive therapy could be a great fit for you as well.

Through an electric approach of every person, I focus on understanding an individuals subjective experience of their life, celebrations, and struggles. Every person (even children!) have an internal inclination that can be harnessed to find wisdom, growth, healing, and fulfillment in their life. Through our strong therapeutic relationship and by utilizing client preferences, we can then move into more difficult terrain by identifying you or your loved ones strengths, struggles, and goals.


Our first few sessions will be dedicated to getting to know each other. This is a time where I will complete an assessment based off of information you have given me and information you’ve completed in the intake paperwork. An assessment will help us form a solid idea of what is going on for you or your loved one and guide us in determining our path moving forward with treatment and goals.


Using our goals as a guide, I will continue to support you or your child by continuing to utilize preferred experiences (play, music, games, anime, tabletop gaming, verbal processing, mindfulness, reflection, etc.) throughout our treatment. During this time, it is my job to take notice of thought patterns, emotions, behaviors, and other concerns that arise within these experiences. Using evidenced-based practice, I will use empathy, authenticity, insight, interventions, and/or practices that can lead you or your loved one towards growth.

Again, the foundation of therapy is creating a space where you or your loved one feels safe and wants to be there. Therapy is a place to feel empowered and it’s my job to walk alongside you as we navigate the best path forward.

Supportive Research

Creative Therapy Portland

Kate Shannon, LCPC, LCAT, MT-BC

(207) 200-5325‬

131 Ocean Street, South Portland ME 04106

10:00 am – 7:00 pm
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
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