HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY
Learning to Express & Understand Ourselves Better
To Create More Balance in Our Lives & Relationships
ENLISTING CREATIVITY & CURIOSITY TO HELP US MAKE THE CHANGES THAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR.
ART THERAPY IS A COLLABORATION OF ART-MAKING, COUNSELLING, AND PSYCHOTHERAPY. Creating an opportunity to express and understand ourselves better, and to enlist our creativity in imagining a more satisfying, balanced, and engaged life.
CREATIVITY BEGINS BEFORE WE HAVE ART MATERIALS IN OUR HANDS. It begins with personal and collective agency, with the decision(s) that we make to seek community, support, and space. It feels important to describe and recognize creativity as more than an art-related process, but also a way that we can live, imagine, understand, and create change in our lives.
ART THERAPY is grounded in the belief that creative process, self-expression, and supported reflection can help us to have a clearer understanding of where we’re at right now …what we need… and to be able to imagine and make the changes that we’re looking for. Using creativity and expression to find balance, manage stress, depression, anxiety, mental health issues and the myriad of other un-eases that trip us up in our daily lives.
NO EXPERIENCE WITH ART OR ART MATERIALS IS NEEDED.
I am absolutely invested in the work of anti-oppression, of anti-racism …but I am not an anti-racist educator. The privileges that I have been afforded because of the colour of my skin have protected me from knowing or experiencing racism directed at my being, my body, or my life.
But as a therapist, I am very much interested in supporting those of you wanting to do the personal work of decolonizing ourselves… of understanding, questioning, challenging ourselves – our values, habits, and behaviours that are steeped in white supremacy. In this role of therapist, supporter… of ally, accomplice, co-conspirator… I see the personal work of healing as inseparable from the work of anti-oppression, of anti-racism.
I can help you to gather resources being offered by BIPOC folks who ARE qualified educators on these topics. And I can support you in exploring ways to express, understand and process what comes up for you. I can walk beside you. I can listen, bounce, pivot, and bumble with you. We can explore tools and processes that can support your movement into and through all of it. I will be in it with you, collaborating.
If this is work that you’d like to do together, that you’d like to be supported in, that you’d like to DIG in to… please get in touch.
A critical piece of real change is looking at ourselves, our beliefs, our values, our behaviours… and our stories. And adjusting, even when it’s scary. Because it matters, and we care… about ourselves AND about each other.
Let’s do this.
I’m currently offering online & outdoor sessions only.
All private sessions are currently either ONLINE (via Zoom) or OUTDOOR (with physical distancing).
Online group workshops!
Let’s do it!
For the duration of this thing that we’re all in the midst of, my workshops will be offered online (via Zoom) ONLY.
All workshops will now be offered online (via Zoom) ONLY.
Workshops for individuals and teams to explore and enlist creative thinking, collaboration, personal and collective growth.
The arts help us to maintain a balance between what science shows us (and that can often make us painfully aware of our flawed nature and chaotic environments) and what sustains us in our “survival of life’s journey” …art being something that “soothes us, supports us, and inspires us along the way”.
– FRANCES KAPLAN: ART, SCIENCE AND ART THERAPY
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Grateful to be living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Thankful for their historical and ongoing stewardship of these beautiful lands. And honoured to move forward as an ally and co-conspirator in decolonization.