There are times in life when we all need support. When, in spite of our resources and skills, we find ourselves overwhelmed, dissatisfied, or not coping as effectively as we’d like.
I’m passionate about supporting personal growth and helping people look at their challenges in new ways.
My approach is collaborative, creative, and curious.
I see therapy as working with clients to support their growth and learning. I believe that each person is an expert on their own life. My role is to guide clients along their journey of self-discovery, ask thought-provoking questions, and empower them to find ways forward that work for them.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Art Therapy?
- Art Therapy uses the creative process to help people explore their thoughts and feelings and gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their strengths, and their challenges.
- As art is a non-verbal form of communication, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
- Another benefit of creating art is that it puts our challenge or problem as something outside of ourselves, giving us some space to look at the problem in a different way.
Who can benefit from Art Therapy?
- People of all ages can benefit from Art Therapy.
- For children, art is a natural way of communicating, particularly when words may not be available.
- As teens and adults, we get very comfortable talking about problems and may develop “scripts”, or familiar ways of thinking and talking about things. Getting at our thoughts in a different way – using creative exploration – can help “shake this up” and open up new ways of looking at problems.
- My focus is working with adults. I am happy to recommend other Art Therapists who are experienced at working with children.
Do I have to be good at drawing or art?
- No artistic ability is needed to benefit from art therapy, just an open mind to trying a new approach!
- Since art is used as communication, the value of the art produced in therapy is what it communicates to the client and not how it looks.
What does a typical session look like?
- Each session is tailored to the client and their needs. It will often begin with a check-in on how the client is doing and any updates they would like to share since the last meeting. Usually, some time will be spent with the client making something – in response to a prompt or directive or self-directed. Lastly, we’ll have a discussion about the art, exploring it’s meaning to the client and how it relates to what’s going on in their life.
- There is no pressure to make art during each session and some are spent talking.
Does the therapist interpret what I make?
- The art you make is not interpreted by the therapist. Since art is so subjective, only the person who created the art holds the meaning. The therapist’s job is to ask questions to help the person think about the art in different ways, to articulate their thoughts and feelings and make connections.
What does it cost? How can I pay?
- Contact me to inquire about fees. I strive to make therapy accessible to anyone who needs it and will work with you to find an arrangement that meets your needs.
- Payment is made by cash, cheque, or e-transfer at the end of each session.
What is your cancellation policy?
I appreciate as much notice as possible if you have to cancel an appointment. You can reschedule or cancel up to 48 hours before your appointment without incurring a $35 cancellation fee.
Please contact me if you have any questions or to set up your free 20 minute phone consultation.
You may also contact me by e-mail at email@example.com or phone at (647) 457-4267.