Centre for Creative Self Expression Through the Arts
There is no right or wrong way to do art therapy- there is only your way. I work with you wherever you are at. Some clients like beginning the session with talking and then move to art making, and others prefer to do art first and speak later. Some people need to express themselves verbally for a few sessions and then move to making art. Making art is always an option- not a requirement.
The motto that I often use in my practice is “No Talent Required”- in fact, the more ‘un-artistic’ you are- the better. Art Therapy is about connecting with your self-expression, art is just used as the medium. We are not so concerned about what it looks like aesthetically (whether it is good art or bad art), but rather about the story that it tells and your experience making it. The majority of people tell me that it was easier than they thought it would be and that by expressing themselves through art helped them see their problems in a new way. On many occasions people have said that was really FUN. Remember, in art therapy it is all about your process.
EVERYONE CAN DO ART THERAPY! While I love working with children/adolescents, the majority of my practice consists of working with adults looking to deepen their understanding in certain areas of their lives.
I have many art materials available in my office to work with and you can do a variety of different activities such as painting, drawing, working with clay, collage, mask making, and story telling. I offer suggestions of activities to get you started or to familiarize you with the materials that I have in my office. You are supported through your exploration, and the feelings that come up are processed in the space.
Art is viewed as an extension to the self. It is treated with utmost respect and kept completely confidential. All the work that you make in sessions is stored in my office until your therapeutic process comes to an end. At that time, we do a review of your work together and all your work is returned to you.
Contrary to some perceptions of art therapy, an art therapist will rarely interpret your art-work. Although a part of you might want to have someone give you all the answers, at the end of the day, it just isn’t useful. The main goal of any therapy is for you to get in touch with your own voice, your own expression, and your own language. Art is a powerful tool that can help you to do so. My role is to help you better understand your creations, offer you different perspectives, and witness your process. I find that the personal meanings that you can bring to your own work are far more insightful and relevant than any exterior ones.
Therapy is a commitment and a process and like anything requiring change- it takes time. I suggest weekly sessions for the first 3-6 weeks and then depending on your situation and presenting problem, we devise a treatment plan and go from there. Attending regular sessions means more and faster results. If coming in weekly is not possible for you, there are options to work with me via Skype, join a group or take a workshop, or sign up for a distance learning class. To stay up to date on what’s new at the studio please be sure to subscribe to our mailing list.
I have an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences (specializing in herbal medicine) and have completed a 2-year Masters level course in Art Therapy through Concordia University. I can currently registered in a PhD program. I regularly attend and present at various professional development courses and conferences.
While art therapy can have amazing benefits for some people, it might not be the right type of therapy for you. I encourage everyone to try 2-3 sessions to see if they like my approach, and feel like the type of therapy I do can help them at this moment in their life. If I feel like you would benefit from receiving different services, I will refer you to another health care practitioner who I feel could better help you. It is important to acknowledge that fear and resistance as normal part of initiating any new experience and is different from being uncomfortable. I strive to make the process as supportive as much as possible.
What does a typical art therapy session look like?
I am not an artist and do not consider myself an artist. Can I still do art therapy?
Is art therapy just for kids?
What kind of art do I make in art therapy?
What happens to my art-work?
Do art therapists interpret my artwork?
How often do I need to come to sessions?
What is your level of training?
Not sure if art therapy is right for you?
I am not sure that I want to begin therapy right now, but am interested in your approach and interested in finding out more about art therapy. Can you give me some suggestions?
There are many websites and books with a lot of information about art therapy, as well as suggestions of various activities that could inspire you. Four times a year at Studio Seed, we offer a one-day introductory workshop, which answers all your questions about art/drama therapy, as well as immerses you in fun and insightful experiential activities. For more information, consult our workshops page. And don’t forget, to get regular, free activities that will stimulate your creative juices, register here for our bi-weekly newsletter. And if you have specific questions, please feel free to send me an email.
I WOULD LOVE TO TRY ART OR DRAMA THERAPY BUT CANNOT AFFORD IT AT THE MOMENT.
At Studio seed we strive to make therapy accessible to everyone. 25% of sessions and workshops are offered at a reduced rate to accommodate people on various incomes. Similarly, some spots in groups are discounted to permit participation. Please contact us individually about your personal circumstances to receive more information, or to be put on the waiting list.