Expressive Arts Groups

We have three group offerings for Elementary, Middle and High School Aged kids!


We are offering three Expressive Arts Camps this summer!

Rising Grades 3 - 5: This group is designed for students rising grades 3-5 who want to build and retain a sense of confidence. Participants will learn strategies for positive self-talk, self-compassion, leadership, and self-advocacy skills to help them learn, understand,  and express their needs with confidence.

When: June 20th-24th, 2022

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Cost: $374

Expressive Arts Group for High School Girls: This group is designed for high school girls, rising 9th-12th grades, who are interested in the healing power of the arts. This group will encourage participants to build a positive self-image, discover a deeper version of self,  and expose them to the psychoeducation of regulation strategies through the creative arts.

When: June 20th-24th, 2022

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost: $374

Expressive Arts Group Middle School: This group is designed for middle school students, rising 6-8th grade, who would like the opportunity to explore tactics and strategies that help build overall confidence in themselves and managing emotions through the expressive arts. Combining avenues of expressive arts (music, drawing, painting, etc.) and feelings-based discussion, this group will help your child explore self-confidence, self-awareness, and coping skills for managing self-doubt, worry, and stress.

When: June 26th-June 30th, 2022

Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost: $374

All groups will be held at our Alexandria office located at

2850 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 105
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Explore strategies

To help build overall confidence in managing emotions to increase self-awareness and coping skills.


This group will boost your child's self-confidence while interacting with like-minded peers.

Expressive Arts

A combination of music, drawing, painting etc. will be used to promote feelings-based discussion.

About The Wise Family

We are here to guide and inspire families to build resilient communication and emotional intelligence.

The Wise Family is a Northern Virginia-based counseling and assessment practice with over 30 years of training and experience in the field of child and adolescent development.

Our focus is to support the emotional and intellectual strengths in children, teens and families. Through individual and group counseling, strategic psychoeducation with families, and educational assessment, The Wise Family works to encourage the growth of emotional intelligence, flexibility, resilience and family connection in order to ensure success both at home and in life.

Meet the group facilitator below!

Allyson Markussen

Resident in Counseling

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Allyson is a Resident in Counseling for The Wise Family! She is currently a School Counselor in Northern Virginia, where she works with children ages 3-13. She has over a decade’s worth of experience working with young children and adolescents in various arenas. 

Allyson earned her B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Music, Theatre, and Film from Saint Joseph’s University (Go Hawks!). She continued her graduate studies at Seton Hall University, where she earned her M.A. in School Counseling. Allyson currently integrates a child-centered approach, alongside a cognitive-behavioral approach when working with clients and their parents. She also incorporates music and other creative arts strategies to help children express their thoughts and feelings in a therapeutic environment. She hopes to become a registered play therapist. 

In her free time, Allyson can be found at the ice rink figure skating, reading a book, or taking “Gidget” (her very energetic Golden Retriever) for a walk. She also enjoys going to concerts, sailing, and playing tennis. A fun fact to know – Allyson has been sailing for over 12 years! She looks forward to meeting you and your child in the office.