Kelly Desousa

Art Therapist , MS

(904) 647-4476
I am an art therapist based out of Jacksonville, FL who specializes in autism and related disabilities. My strengths include working with children who have severe behavioral and/or emotional difficulties or those on the spectrum who are also nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities. I have found that, after building a trusting relationship with clients in my unique safe, supportive, and fun environment, incredible breakthroughs can be made through the creative process of art making.
Because every child is different, there is no "one-size-fits-all" treatment for children with autism. Art-based interventions provide flexibility because art directives and materials can be adapted to fit children's individual needs, enabling the art therapist can meet the child at his or her own level.
Common goals for children with autism that can be addressed through art therapy include: increasing imagination and abstract thinking skills; increasing sensory regulation and sensory integration; improving emotional regulation Increasing self-expression; encouraging developmental progress; learning leisure skills; improving visual-spatial and motor skills; and improving social and communication skills.
Call or Email Kelly Desousa for a free consultation now - (904) 647-4476


  • Years in Practice: 2 Years
  • School: Florida State University, MS, Art Therapy
  • Year Graduated: 2011


  • Avg Cost (per session): $80 - $100
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Mastercard, Visa

Additional Credentials

  • Degree: American Art Therapy Assoc./6754140
  • Year graduated: 2012

Kelly Desousa's groups

Teen Anxiety and Depression Support Group

A strength-based, peer-supported group for teens and young adults suffering from depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation and/or self-harming behaviors. This group is designed to help members generate positive coping strategies, develop problem-solving skills, and increase self-esteem to pave the way for a healthy lifestyle. The creative art-making process, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral techniques are incorporated as part of group treatment. Summer sessions run for 10 weeks and begin June 13th. All fees are due in advance to reserve a space in this group.

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Asperger's Teen Social Support Group

Puzzle Peace Counseling is starting a peer-lead art therapy support group for teens with Asperger Syndrome. Through the creative art making process and peer support, we will work together on developing coping strategies, discuss self-care, and learn to build friendships. We will embark on a journey to embrace our strengths and celebrate our unique differences as individuals with Asperger Syndrome. This group will be lead by art therapist, Kelly DeSousa, MS., who is also on the spectrum. Begins June 9th and runs for 10 weeks, through August 11th. All fees are due in advance to reserve a space.

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ASD Art Therapy Social Group

Art therapy social groups for children on the autism spectrum: children will learn about social boundaries, taking turns, sharing space and materials, and making friends in a safe and supportive environment. Children are placed into peer groups according to personal strengths, interests, social skills, and art skills. These groups require an initial assessment with as a prerequisite so that appropriate buddies can be placed together. Series of 10 sessions begin Tuesday, June 24th and are held every Tuesday and Thursday morning. The assessments will be scheduled the week of June 9th. Fees are due in advance.

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Positive Space Art Therapy
5270 Palm Valley Road
Ponte Vedra BeachFlorida 32082
(904) 647-4476
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Additional Location

12276 San Jose Blvd Suite 508
JacksonvilleFlorida 32223
(904) 607-2834


  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Emotional Disturbance


  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality
  • Teen Violence
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Borderline Personality
  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Parenting
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD


  • Bisexual Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Transsexual Issues

Client Focus


  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)
  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation:

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • DIR Floortime
  • Developmental
  • Eclectic
  • Existential
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intervention
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Play Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • The Creative Process or Art Therapy


  • Individuals
  • Family
  • Group

Professional Connections

Ms. Samantha Ortego, MS, CHLC, CWC

Ms. Samantha Ortego, MS, CHLC, CWC

Pre-Licensed Professional
Classmate, known for < 1 year years

Nearby Areas

Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014