I am a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Registration demonstrates ongoing professional development, adherence to CATA standards of practice, and 1,000 client contact hours with 50 hours clinical supervision. As a registered art therapist, I am able to supervise other art therapists.
My therapeutic style is grounded in a psychodynamic, insight-oriented approach that acknowledges how inner conflicts can arise past the defences and into the art that is created, described and interpreted by the client/artist. I also incorporate therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of clients such as dialectic behaviour therapy, EMDR, neuroscience, and trauma-informed practices. My role is witness and guide to help clients achieve their therapeutic goals and identify personal resources for change.
In addition to private clients I have received referrals or delivered programs with organizations such as Regina City Police Victims Services, Paper Crane Community Arts, Riverbend Crossing Memory Care, YWCA, Ministry of Social Services Child and Family Services, Cognitive Disability Strategy, Street Workers Advocacy Project, Canadian Mental Health Association-Regina Division, Touchwood Child and Family Services, Chip and Dale Homes, and Creative Options Regina.
I am a graduate of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute’s two-year post-baccalaureate program in Nelson, British Columbia. I also hold a diploma in Visual Communications, a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art and Culture, a multidisciplinary Master of Arts, and introductory psychology classes to prepare for my art therapy training.
The Kutenai Art Therapy Institute’s program includes course work in areas such as human development, psychology, art therapy history, and workshops about art therapy as it relates to special subject areas such as parent/child dyads, neuroscience, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), addictions, child and youth counselling, and body mapping.
I also had the benefit while training of delivering over 400 hours of individual and group counselling for issues related to dementia, psychosis, anxiety, depression, addictions, developmental disabilities, and behaviour disorders. Practicum settings included schools, long-term care centres, psycho-social rehabilitation group housing for people with mental illness, acute psychiatric hospital care, a transitional training program for adults with developmental disabilities, parenting groups, and a community open studio.