In 2010 Louisville Expressive Therapies was created to be a unique resource for anyone seeking Creative Arts Therapies.


 From its founding by three friends, Theresa Adamchik (Art Therapist), Emily Ibershoff & Julia Purcell (Music Therapists), LET continued its mission and expanded to include counseling services. Since its beginnings, Louisville Expressive Therapies has grown to include additional certified and credentialed personnel and continues to build strong professional relationships with other therapeutic institutions, businesses, and Expressive Arts facilitators.


Theresa Adamchik ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC-S

Theresa is a Licensed Professional Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and an approved LPAT and LPCA supervisor living in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Masters of Education with a concentration in Art Therapy and Counseling from University of Louisville in 2006, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Louisville in 2002.

As a Creative Arts Therapist, she worked with children and adults who are differently-abled at Hazelwood Center for 7 years before moving to Neurorestorative to work as a Clinical Counselor/Behavioral Specialist with adults with Traumatic Brain Injury for 5 years. She is one of the co-founders of Louisville Expressive Therapies. For the past 10 years with LET, Theresa has led numerous groups and Expressive Therapy workshops around Louisville. She is currently paneled with all the major insurance companies and sees individual clients with a variety of needs including developmental and cognitive disabilities, behavioral challenges, and life adjustments/transitions. Theresa has stayed up to date on the latest trainings in the field, including Mindfulness, Anxiety/Depression, Trauma, and Neuropsychology. She uses a variety of expressive and creative media as well as traditional counseling techniques in therapy.


Emily  Ibershoff MT-BC, LPCC

Emily is a Board Certified Music Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She received her Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from University of Louisville in 2011. In 2012, Emily completed training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). Neurological Music Therapy techniques are research-based, and focus on how music affects the brain in various ways to stimulate and improve sensorimotor, communicative, cognitive, social, and emotional functioning. This type of therapy is particularly helpful to individuals dealing with developmental disabilities, brain injury, stroke, and various communication and motor impairments.

Throughout her training and career, Emily has worked primarily with people with psychiatric diagnoses, and people with developmental and cognitive disabilities.  From 2007-2009 Emily worked at Hazelwood Center proving music therapy to clients with developmental and cognitive disabilities.  After completing her Mental Health Counseling degree in 2011, Emily began to specialize in psychiatric music therapy and counseling.  Emily has worked at both The Brook Hospital and Norton Hospital providing music therapy and counseling services.  Through LET, Emily has provided group music therapy to children, adolescents and adults at Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital since 2010.  Emily particularly enjoys working with the adults on the general psychiatric and substance abuse units.  Through LET she has also provided individual music therapy to clients with developmental and cognitive disabilities, difficult life adjustments/transitions, anxiety/depression, and traumatic brain injury. 


Julia Purcell MT-BC

Julia is a Board Certified Music Therapist.  She completed her music therapy degree from Michigan State University in 2004.

Throughout her training and career Julia has had the opportunity to work people with developmental and cognitive disabilities, people living with cancer, people with mental health diagnoses, and people with dementia. From 2004-2009 she provided Music Therapy services for adults with physical and cognitive disabilities at Hazelwood Center.  Through LET, Julia has provided group music therapy to children, adolescents and adults at Our Lady of Peace psychiatric hospital since 2010.  Julia has also provided in-home music therapy to many private clients, including clients with dementia, developmental disabilities, and autism. 


Becky Hunger ATR-BC, LPAT

Becky is a Board Certified Art Therapist, a Licensed Professional Art Therapist, and an approved LPAT supervisor.  She received a Master’s in Art through the Expressive Therapies Program at the University of Louisville in 1995 and has been a practicing art therapy since 1997.  As of May 2016, Becky has completed a certificate in Gerontology from Bellarmine University.

For the majority of her career, Becky worked with children and adults with cognitive and developmental challenges at Hazelwood Center in Louisville. While at Hazelwood Center she created an Expressive Therapies program that included credentialed Art, Music and Movement therapists.  She retired in 2009 and continued to maintain and expand her skills as a therapist by working at LET.  Through LET, Becky has provided in-home therapy services for people with various life challenges including people with Alzheimer’s disease and Autism. She has also conducted groups with women facing specific life challenges through grant funding and has conducted various workshops in the Metro Louisville area.


Sue Sobel ATR-BC, LPAT

Sue Sobel is a Board Certified Art Therapist and a Licensed Professional Art Therapist. Her qualifications include a BFA degree in art from Bradley University, an MAT degree from University of Louisville, and an MA in Expressive Therapies from University of Louisville. As of May 2016, Sue has completed a certificate in Gerontology from Bellarmine University.

In addition to art therapy, Sue has 32 years of art teaching experience with JCPS, retiring in 2014 from Liberty High School, an alternative school for at-risk students.  Her teaching career included teaching art to at-risk middle and high school students as well as a psycho-educational drug education class. Currently, through LET Sue is providing art therapy to seniors in a skilled nursing unit in a retirement community and in a memory care unit in a personal care home. She also co-leads an annual eight week art therapy group for women in recovery at a halfway house.


Julia Young MT-BC

Julia is a Board Certified Music Therapist and received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2012. She completed her internship at The Pioneer Center in Chillicothe, Ohio in 2012 working with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

Julia began her career in Indiana working on the Medicaid waiver with individuals with developmental disabilities. Since then, she has experienced working with clients with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. She has led various groups as well as individual sessions which were home or facility-based. Currently, Julia is working primarily providing groups and individual sessions in nursing homes.


Colleen Cernik, LPATA, LPCA

Colleen is a Licensed Professional Art Therapy Associate and a Licensed Professional Clinical Associate.  She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services with an emphasis in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville in 2016 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Studio Art from Lindenwood University in 2014.  Her practicum experience includes art therapy at Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center and The Brook Hospital KMI.

Colleen strives to provide a warm, person-centered, strength-based approach.  She also occasionally incorporates mindfulness-based techniques and existential approaches in her method to therapy. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients providing both individual and group sessions.  Most of her experience has been acquired at Our Lady of Peace Hospital where she worked primarily with adolescents and adults with substance use issues, depression, anxiety, psychosis, grief, trauma, and MR/DD.  Colleen aims to meet her clients where they are at both emotionally and mentally in order to promote empowerment and healing as they move toward their personal goals.

Colleen is an accomplished artist who has displayed her work using mainly watercolors at numerous art shows.  In addition, she holds a Black Belt in Karate.


Louisville Expressive Therapies offers personalized individual and group sessions to address clients' needs and treatment goals. We also contract with community agencies such as day programs, nursing homes, mental health facilities, and after school programs.


Expressive Therapy

Expressive Therapy is the therapeutic use of expressive and creative modalities (Art, Music, Poetry, Drama, Storytelling, Movement / Dance, etc.) to address various Mental Health issues and to promote personal growth and wellness. Expressive Therapies are sometimes referred to as Creative Arts Therapies and include both Art and Music Therapies in addition to several other therapeutic practices.  Expressive Therapists are Healthcare Professionals with formal training in Psychotherapy, Human Development, and Clinical Practice in addition to the Arts.


Art Therapy

Art Therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, by people who experience illness, trauma, or challenges, and by those seeking personal development. Through the creation and reflection on the products and processes of making art, people can increase awareness of self and others; cope with symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life affirming pleasures of making art.

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Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the therapeutic use of music to effect positive change in an individual's life. Music therapy utilizes the creative processes inherent in music making and in listening to music, in addition to the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client, to facilitate this change. Music therapy can enhance overall growth and wellness as well as address specific needs related to physical, emotional, sensory, cognitive, and social functioning.


What is a typical therapy session like?

Therapy is highly individualized, so interventions and experiences will differ based on the client's needs and interests. Our therapists work from a person-centered approach, utilizing the client's strengths to reach desired treatment goals. The therapist and the client will work together to find creative interventions and experiences that are appropriate and beneficial for the client.

Some experiences that one might have in an Art Therapy session include:

  • 2D design (including painting, drawing, and collage/scrapbooking)

  • 3D design (including clay and sculpture)

  • Play therapy/games

  • Guided relaxation

  • Sand tray therapy

  • Photography/digital arts

  • MARI/Mandala making

  • Fiber arts/Quilt making

Some experiences that one might have in a Music Therapy session include:

  • Improvising (playing/exploring) on musical instruments

  • Playing in a drum circle

  • Song writing

  • Discussing song lyrics

  • Musical games/play

  • Moving to music

  • Guided relaxation

  • Singing

  • Chanting and meditation (toning)


What is your payment policy?

Louisville Expressive Therapies is set up for Private Pay and many Insurance Policies, including those from: Medicaid, Aetna, Cigna, United, Humana and Anthem. If your insurance is not accepted we can establish a sliding scale and if necessary provide a reimbursement form to you. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards at your convenience.  Fees vary depending on the service and the needs of the client. Please contact us for more information regarding fees.


How do I get started?

If you are an individual interested in receiving services, the first step is to contact a therapist. An informal meeting will be held over the phone (at no change) to discuss fees, payment policy, privacy policy, informed consent, and any questions you might have. The first session will be an assessment session during which the therapist will learn more about you and your specific needs and goals. Based on this assessment, an individualized plan will be developed and further sessions can be scheduled.  If you are an organization or facility wanting to provide services (individual/group therapy or workshops), please contact Emily Ibershoff.  


Who Have We Partnered With?

Since 2010, we have partnered with the following community organizations:

- Our Lady of Peace Hospital

- Mariposa Place

- Hazelwood Center and Bingham Gardens

- Bliss House

- Maryhurst

- Treyton Oaks Towers

- Forest Hills Commons

- Centerstone

- Gilda's Club

- Home of the Innocents

- New Leaf



But I have no prior experience making art or music! Can I benefit from Expressive Therapies?

Yes! You don't need any prior experience with making art or music to benefit from Art or Music Therapy. The benefits are gained by participating in the process of art and/or music-making with guidance and support from the therapist, and from discussion with the therapist before, during, and after the session. The emphasis is on the therapeutic process and not the artistic or musical product. We believe that everyone has the potential for creativity and self-expression, not just the trained "artists" and "musicians" of the world. In Art Therapy it's OK to color outside of the lines, and to paint the sky any color you want. In Music Therapy you are encouraged to use your voice and the instruments to express yourself in whatever way feels natural to you. There is no right or wrong way to make art or music in the therapeutic context.


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