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Specializing in Mental Health & Well-Being of Children Ages 4-18 & Young Adults

Is  your child struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, high-functioning autism, trauma or difficult life changes?  I’m a licensed and board-certified art therapist, with clinical experience working with children ages 4-18 and their families. I utilize art and play therapy techniques, as well as talk-therapy approaches such as CBT, psychodynamic, and strength-based. I also offer in-person and online counseling sessions for young adults who are navigating transitioning to the working world or the challenges of college life.

Some of the  concepts typically explored in treatment are: developing coping skills, perspective taking, identifying strengths, practicing social skills, self-expression/self-exploration, and parenting techniques. I'm a person-centered therapist seeking to support your family on your child's journey toward healing and self-discovery.

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"Art can penetrate the deepest part of us where no words exist"-Eileen Miller

“Toys are children’s words and play is their language” -Garry Landreth

“Enter into children’s play and you will find the place where their minds, hearts, and souls meet.” -Virginia Axline

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Art Therapist, Educator & Artist

Welcome! I’m Jania Otto,  a New York State Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and  Board-Certified Art Therapist, based in Rochester, New York. I have spent the past  25 years working with children and young adults as an educator, mentor and now a psychotherapist.

I have clinical experience in utilizing both art and play therapy techniques with children and their families. I also utilize traditional therapy approaches such as: cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and strength-based.  I incorporate "talk therapy" into art and play modalities whenever possible to promote engagement and progress. I strive to provide a person-centered experience, adapting  my therapeutic style and modality to best meet the needs of my clients and their families. Recently I have begun training my Bernedoodle puppy Oliver as a therapy dog and hope to incorporate the healing power of animal-assisted therapy into my repertoire of modalities. I am currently offering in-person and telehealth appointments based on client needs and preferences. Please contact me so that I may learn  how I can be helpful to your family.

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Animal Assisted Therapy

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms."   -George Eliot, Victorian poet

According to Psychology Today, "Animals can provide a sense of calm, comfort, or safety and divert attention away from a stressful situation and toward one that provides pleasure. "Advocates of animal-assisted therapy say that developing a bond with an animal can help people develop a better sense of self-worth and trust, stabilize their emotions, and improve their communication, self-regulation, and socialization skills."

Oliver is my Bernedoodle puppy who is currently in training to become a therapy dog. Once he is a registered therapy dog, he will be able to attend sessions, when his participation is therapeutically appropriate.  Oliver will hopefully be ready for service  in the summer of 2023.

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Treatment Approach & Payments

My treatment process involves seeing a smaller number of clients, thereby providing excellent service and care. Working with children typically necessitates a number of collateral contacts such as family members, teachers and other providers.  My approach allows me the time and energy to collaborate on each client's care as needed.


I do not accept insurance at this time. The forms of payment I accept are: Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, FSA & HSA, checks and cash. I can provide a super bill, but out of network reimbursement is dependent on individual insurance company policies.

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