HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY ABOUT
I LOVE THIS WORK and every minute that I am fortunate enough to do and share it. If you have ANY questions, please ask.
SHAUNA KAENDO | BFA, DVATI
Art therapist in Victoria (the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Lekwungen/Songhees and Esquimalt 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.
I hold a BFA from Emily Carr University, and completed my Art Therapy training at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I am an active member (and past Board Member) of the BC Art Therapy Association.
- Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (DVATI)
- Emily Carr University of Art & Design (BFA)
- San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety certificate – PHSA BC
- University of Alberta/Faculty of Native Studies – Indigenous Canada
I AM A POLITICAL THERAPIST. I am not neutral. I have biases and values that will absolutely affect the “space” that we will work in together – and the ways that I will hold that space…. with generosity, but also accountability.
I REALLY love my job. I’m grateful and honoured to be able to do this work, and am very much interested in supporting you in your work of healing. And to be very clear, the work of healing IS political.
If this is something that you’d like to do together…
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.
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.
MY PRACTICE IS INCLUSIVE – all genders, colours, orientations… binary & norm busters, queer minded & bodied. My clients include a spectrum of regular folks… healthcare professionals (therapists/counsellors, doctors, social workers), front-line, support workers, those doing the work of social action… artists, non-artists, and assortment of folks wanting to dig in to the work of getting unstuck.
I offer private sessions, and ongoing groups and workshops (support & creative) – with a focus on nervous system regulation, boundaries, building self-trust & liberating practices. Finding ways to understand ourselves differently, somatically.
MY CLINICAL WORK is informed and supported by diverse research in art therapy, somatics & trauma, polyvagal theory, and therapeutic movement… in balance with a plethora of resources created by folks of all colours and persuasions …authors, artists, musicians, practitioners, scientists & researchers, Indigenous storytellers, and community builders.
ANTI-OPPRESSION IN ALL OF IT’S FORMS…
My training and ongoing professional development is grounded in the work of anti-oppression in ALL of its forms. And while that absolutely includes anti-racism, I am not (to be clear) 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.
The work that I do is rooted in collaboration, and support in the personal & collective work of decolonizing ourselves… of understanding, questioning and challenging ourselves – our values, habits, and behaviours that are steeped in white supremacy and oppression. In understanding what that means… and how that meaning is different for folks in different bodies, of different colours, genders, and with different experiences. Exploring what social action can look & feel like. Aligning our bodies, emotions, and lives with our values. Being IN community. Getting uncomfortable. Finding comfort in our discomfort.
I am actively learning how to show up as an ally, accomplice, co-conspirator… I see the personal work of healing as inseparable from the work of anti-oppression, and of de-stigmatizing our need(s) for support. Personal healing is political. Collective healing is political. And part of this work is understanding that our healing doesn’t happen in isolation, but in community, with support of (and for) others. With responsibility, and accountability.
I collaborate with and support folks in exploring ways to notice, express, process, understand and re-imagine outdated narratives and stuck bits. To unlearn what we’ve been simmered in, and to enlist our creativity, our curiosity, and our lived experience in imagining, creating, and co-creating alternatives to “norms” that don’t serve all of us. To unlearn our quiet complicity, and priority of personal comfort.
If you have ANY questions, please ask.
SOME OF MY AREAS OF FOCUS
- Nurturing body-based creative curiosity
- Getting unstuck (overwhelm, underwhelm, complacency)
- Nervous system health, grounding practices
- Self-awareness, reflection, curiosity, growth
- Living in alignment with personal values
- Social activism, collective care
- Women's support (empowerment, decisions around/considering childfree living, the aging body, peri/menopause)
- Burnout & compassion fatigue for caregivers (prevention & recovery)
- Creative blocks (artists, writers, creatives)
- Anxiety, depression, fatigue, shutdown
- Trauma-informed grounding & processing
- Anger, irritability, frustration, stress management
- Developing (or re-igniting) a creative practice
ART THERAPY GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO...
- Pause - with time, space, and support.
- Notice how you're ACTUALLY feeling (not how you should feel). To allow yourself to feel what you feel, without judgement. And to work towards understanding that differently.
- Explore different ways to be present and aware in your body, in discomfort, in transition - mindfully and with generosity.
- Create some space for regeneration, integration, and growth.
- Learn and integrate small (meaningful) ways to show up for yourself, and build self-trust.
- See and support your strength and capacity to imagine, initiate, and create change in your life.
- Explore a collaborative to approach to the work of personal healing - through a combination of talk, art-making, creative process, movement, and somatic awareness.
“As we engage the unconscious and imagination in creative process, we experience ourselves as active participants in life, explorers with the power to reshape our responses to our life stories – rather than victims of our circumstances”.
– DARIA HALPRIN
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