Art Therapy

Art Therapy endorses the idea that making art is inherently therapeutic.  It facilitates self-exploration and understanding; it embraces thoughts, feelings, behaviours and spirituality; it enhances mental, emotional and physical well-being.

  • In creative process, imagery + colour + shape can express thoughts and feelings that otherwise are difficult to articulate, leading (with the therapist’s attention) to needful outcomes:
  • coping with illness, stress or trauma;
  • developing interpersonal and social skills;
  • resolving conflicts and problems;
  • managing behavior;
  • treating developmental or psychological impairment;
  • achieving insight and increased self-esteem.

Individuals and groups of children, youth, adults, older adults; couples and families; anyone experiencing learning, neurological, cognitive, physical and/or emotional challenges; as well as diverse cultural and social challenges can all benefit from art therapy.

 For more information on these types of therapy please refer to the following associations.

CATA - Canadian Art Therapy Association

The Canadian Art Therapy Association is a professional, educational and research oriented organization whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual and thus to the service of society.  The specifications of ethical standards enables CATA to clarify to present and future members and to those served by members of the Association, the nature of ethical responsibilities held in common by its members.

Association website: www.canadianarttherapy.org

OATA - Ontario Art Therapy Association

Requirements to hold the title of Registered Art Therapist are set out by the Ontario Art Therapy Association; they include graduation from an accredited art therapy program, 1000 supervised counselling hours following graduation, and a ‘point system’ demonstrating use of self in practice and other professional experience.

 Association website: www.oata.ca

CCPA - The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

CCPA membership includes experts and specialists in numerous mental health areas ranging from ADHD and learning disabilities; marriage counselling; eating disorders; stress, depression, and anger; grief and infertility; weight management and body image; addiction; Aboriginal issues; family counselling; career development and management, and much more.

Credentialing: In 1986, CCPA established a credentialing service for its members:  Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCC).  Counsellor certification is a national service that identifies to the public those counsellors whom CCPA recognizes as qualified to provide counselling services in Canada. Obtaining the status of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) includes recognition of standards of professional preparation, continuing education, and a formal code of ethics. As a non-statutory, self-regulating body, CCPA provides advice and discipline for certified members on matters of professional conduct.

See the Association website: www.ccpa-accp.ca

PACCP - Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists

Christian Counselling/Psychotherapy attends to biblical counselling, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, addictions, pastoral counselling, marriage and family, play therapy, art therapy, neurological disorders, children, adolescents, Aboriginal, and many other issues.  Clinicians use various modalities of counselling and psychotherapy including Narrative, Emotionally Focused, Biblical Counselling, Cognitive-1behavioral, Mindfulness, Play and Art therapy, EMDR, Dialectical, Solution-Focused, Family Systems theory, Exposure, and much more.

See the Association website: www.paccc.ca/