Connie Gretsch, therapist and founder of Umbrella Tree Therapies, has been working with children in schools as a special education teacher for over 25 years.

She has also been an art and science educator and has combined those multi-educational experiences into her special education sessions with children.

 Beyond her undergraduate educational degrees, Connie has gone on to receive a master’s degree in Psychotherapy& Counseling and an Art Therapy certification from Adler Graduate School. Connie has also obtained a second masters from Lesley University in the Integration of the Arts into the Curriculum. This experience taught the powerful concept of multi-modal education. Multi-modal techniques combine music, visual art, poetry, drama, dance, and storytelling in many different ways and are also the basis for expressive art therapy, which is what Connie is now practicing. This approach is extremely beneficial as the child's mind and body develops its unique sensory awareness.

There has always been the common thread of art in her educational work and in her therapeutic work.
It has been the core of her process which keeps her work creative , open to new ideas and puts her on a equal plain of communication with her students and clients.

Connie is a board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC) and a certified special education teacher.

 Today her focus is on early intervention with preschool children and has founded Umbrella Tree Therapies to serve that population.

Connie uses the expressive arts:

  •     visual art
  •     storytelling
  •     theater
  •     play
  •     music
  •     dance


to work with families and their children who are experiencing learning difficulties, emotional distress, and challenging behavior.