"We are all just walking each other home." - Ram Dass

Our goal at Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC is simple. Feeling deeply seen, heard, and understood in the therapeutic connection, is healing in and of itself. When blended with art therapy techniques, our art therapists facilitate opportunities for clients to engage in art making that will highlight strengths and insights they can leverage to overcome life's challenges. We strive to help our clients restore balance, find meaning in their challenges, experience growth, and optimize their well-being.

Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC owner Melissa Ayotte, MA, ATR-BC is no stranger to adversity.

As a child, she experienced many challenges both at home and in her community. She had to learn to navigate these challenges with what, early on,  she saw as her faulty, sensitive processing system. Through art she realized the qualities she perceived as her greatest limitations were actually her greatest assets. She discovered that she could communicate things she had no words for. When she created objects of beauty, purpose, and meaning, she felt restored and confident. The first time she heard the words "Art Therapy" her passion was ignited. Having personally experienced the healing power of art, she wanted to help others connect with their own innate healing potential. 

At Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC clients will receive individualized and personal service. We recognize that life's challenges can become overwhelming and that asking for help can be difficult. We know that comfort and trust in your therapist is key to identifying strategies and reaching therapeutic goals. Contact us to learn more about how art therapy can help you gain clarity and restore balance in your life.

The Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC team are all credentialed professionals with the national Art Therapy Credentials Board to ensure they bring the highest level of ethical practice and professionalism in their work. Read through their bios to learn more about their experience, strengths, and to determine which one might be a good fit for you.



Melissa Ayotte, MA, ATR-BC is a registered, board certified art therapist with the Art Therapy Credentials Board.  Her formal training, includes a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University and an M.A. in Art Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College.

Melissa brings over 20 years of experience helping others in mental health, medical, education, and art settings.

In 2014 she opened Painted Path Art Therapy, LLC to offer art therapy services to children, adolescents and adults in private sessions and groups, as well as in community settings such as local schools and hospitals. 

She has served Art SAFE, Clintonville Beechwold Community Resources Center, Women Crafting Change in Partnership with Shalom Zone and Global Gallery, Mt. Carmel Cancer Survivor Program, Ohio Health Community Grief Program, All Life Center, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Westerville City Schools, Olentangy Local Schools, and the Education Service Center of Central Ohio.



Trisha Clifford-Sprouse holds, a BFA from CCAD and received her art therapy education through Harding Hospital under Bruce Moon. She has held art therapy positions in in-patient and corrections settings. Additionally, she pursued an MA in Museum Education and Printmaking from OU. She combined this with her experience in art therapy to develop an adaptive, hands-on, museum-based, education program for people in recovery and special needs students from local schools at the Decorative Arts Center in Lancaster, OH. She went on to serve as a Director of the DACO. Currently, Trisha is a professor of art at Ohio University Lancaster Campus and a working artist in her business, trisha’s studios. 

Melissa at Painted Path Art Therapy has been a huge blessing to our son. She has helped him gain confidence in communicating, helped him to express himself through the recent loss of his grandfather and also helped him find his voice in his art. Looking forward to seeing him grow even more with Melissa as part of our team. Would definitely suggest her for you or your child.
— Parent of a Client