Indigo North Counseling and Art Therapy

Bonnie Thomas at her Indigo North counseling office as photographed by Peter Greeno of Portland Headshot

Bonnie Thomas at her Indigo North counseling office as photographed by Peter Greeno of Portland Headshot

Indigo North provides art therapy and counseling

When we first met Bonnie we immediately felt welcomed into her space and wanted to find out more about what she does. Her office is enveloped in art, drawings, and is such a comfortable space nestled into the Pepperell Mill Campus. We hope that you enjoy learning a bit about what she does.

Indigo North Counseling
Building 18 Suite 224
MON-FRI, 8AM-1PM and 3:30-7PM

Who are you and where are you from?

I’m Bonnie Thomas and I am an author, counselor, and proprietor of Indigo North Counseling LLC in the North Dam Mill. I grew up on Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine.

Tell me a little about your business?

I offer a couple different services at Indigo North Counseling. I provide counseling to clients of all ages. I have a couple different specialities that include working with youth (including play therapy) and art based therapy. Like many counselors I also specialize in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and more.

Also I offer groups, workshops and classes. These vary from month to month. For example, one month I had a weekly class for kids on calming and coping skills, we used a superhero theme for this class. I currently have a weekly writer’s group and I offer trainings for other mental health professionals that provide continuing education for them. So Indigo North Counseling, LLC is somewhat versatile in what it offers.

What made you choose the mill for your business?

I love so much about the mill. The sense of community is strong here which creates a positive feel to the mill as a whole. This was important to me as a mental health professional because when people come to my office I want them to feel welcomed, safe, and to also feel like they belong to the community here.

In addition, the aesthetics of the mill are just amazing— I love the architectural details, the palpable feel of the history, and I especially love my office. Natural light, big windows, and wide open spaces/high ceilings contribute to a healing environment where clients feel less confined and more relaxed.

How long have you been doing this?

Almost a year now. I worked with an agency for over 12 years prior to this.

What makes your business interesting to you?

Everything. Everything about my business is interesting. (Okay, the paperwork is not interesting, but everything else about my business is). People are incredibly dynamic and resilient— we have all experienced so much in life and have found creative ways to survive.

As a counselor it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of anyone’s journey as they forge that pathway through life’s tougher times and experiences. That’s what keeps it interesting to me day after day.

What makes you stand out from others in the same industry?

I offer Single Targeted Sessions— these are a one time session for those who are doing well overall but might be struggling with one issue where they feel stuck, and/or want someone
objective to vent to, brainstorm new solutions with, get feedback, get added support, or have a place where they can tell their story/speak their minds and really feel listened to.

I can do these sessions over the phone or in my office, whatever works best for the client. Some use these sessions as an adjunct to other therapy they utilize; some use it for parenting support; and others have used it as a sounding board.

I am also a 4 time published author with Jessica Kingsley Publishing— so far, all of my books focus on creative expression, art based therapeutic activities, and getting kids more connected to nature for their well being. As a writer I have to be up to date with these current therapies and therefore I feel like I am always researching and learning new techniques.

Lastly, although many other counselors offer groups and workshops, I am able to create custom classes and workshops for those who want/need it.

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The Pepperell Mill Campus in Biddeford, Maine photographed by Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, for The Mill ProjectThe Mill Project is a joint partnership project between Portland Headshot, a brand of Peter Greeno Photography, and the Pepperell Mill Campus, redeveloping Biddeford’s historic mill campus.

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