the seat approach

Imagine attending therapy in the comfort of your living room...

Now, imagine that your therapy goes above and beyond traditional talk therapy...and includes Art Therapy, Hypnotherapy & Mindfulness, with a therapist who believes in you

Seattle Expressive Arts Therapy (SEAT) offers exclusively online appointments to help clients fit therapy into their schedule. 

Read more about the requirements for Online Art Therapy & Counseling 


a therapist who believes in you

Zandi Salstrom Schlegel

In telemental health (online counseling) Zandi uses a combination of Art Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and other mental health modalities.

She specializes in working with women who need support with:

  • navigating life transitions
  • engaging in self-care (including healthcare and mental health professionals & students)
  • decreasing stress & anxiety
  • facing medical illness
  • improving mood
  • increasing relaxation
  • developing new coping skills
  • connecting/reconnecting to creativity
  • processing emotions
  • decreasing pain symptoms
  • increasing self-love/discovering self-worth
  • giving a voice to questions about illness, meaning, purpose, life, and death, and a variety of other aspects of being human
  • LGTBQIA issues

Her counseling approach is warm, supportive, and encourages women to connect with their inner wisdom and recalibrate their emotional compasses.    

Zandi is an Art Therapist, who believes as humans:

  • We are all doing the best we can, and at times need extra support (in the form of therapist, guide, teacher, cheerleader, mentor, etc.) 
  • We are inherently creative, resilient and growth-oriented beings, yet sometimes we get derailed by stress, trauma, and daily life
  • We all have the opportunity to grow and learn from experiences in our lives (some painful, and some joyful). 
  • Each of us is our own true expert on ourselves. You know yourself better than anyone else possibly could
  • We have more internal wisdom in our bodies than our minds and egos can comprehend. We can tap into that wisdom through learning how to listen to our bodies, expressing/processing emotions, and working with imagery and art-making.


Zandi's Background

Zandi is a Seattle native, and was born into a family that thrived on creativity and self-reliance. At the age of 8, her mother died from metastatic breast cancer, and Zandi’s world collapsed. She felt abandoned and alone. Through her teens and twenties, she faced many emotional challenges, and relied on art for her own grieving and healing process. Through the gift of therapy, she also learned that we all need someone outside of ourselves at times to act as a guide, teacher, and even cheerleader. She dedicated her life to helping others through their own dark times, and pursued clinical coursework at Antioch University Seattle and Bastyr University, earning a dual Master’s Degree in Psychology and Art Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Psychology.  She has also earned post-graduate certifications in Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, and Telemental Health (online counseling). 

Today, Zandi thrives on facilitating Art Therapy with clients, and helping new therapists achieve their career goals through professional supervision. She is a Nationally Board-Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (state of WA), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (state of NV). She’s had the privilege of working with clients of all ages; from children whose families are facing cancer at Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda's Club Seattle), to adults with cancer who are seeking support at Cancer Lifeline, to seniors experiencing dementia and associated challenges of advanced age at Kline Galland Home. For 6 years Zandi worked as an Art Therapist at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), where she and her team of clinical interns facilitated Art Therapy groups and bedside Art Therapy sessions for patients and families. Zandi then spent 2 years running the Art Therapy program at the Swedish Cancer Institute (watch Zandi talk about Art Therapy at the Swedish Cancer Institute), offering individual Art Therapy and Groups for adults.

In 2012, Zandi founded Seattle Expressive Arts Therapy (SEAT) to offer a creative mind-body approach to counseling for women. She has a foot in two worlds, as she is also the founder and president of Inspired Art Therapy, INC, where she offers online Art Therapy Supervision to Art Therapists across the country, and Art Therapy services to women in the Reno Tahoe area.

Outside of practicing Art Therapy, Zandi has taught in the Master's of Psychology and Art Therapy program at Antioch University in Seattle, guest-lectured on the topic of Art Therapy, in the Master’s of Nursing program at the University of Washington, and has been featured on New Day Northwest talking about the benefits of Art Therapy (watch Zandi talk about the benefits of Art Therapy). She is also an adviser and contributor to the therapeutic books and programs of Art with Heart.