HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY OUTDOOR SESSIONS

COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated Sept 14, 2020

I do not have any immediate plans to re-open my studio for in-person sessions (yet), but I will continue to offer online (on Zoom) AND outdoor (in Stanley Park) private (one-on-one) sessions. 

 

OUTDOOR ART THERAPY

My portable outdoor art therapy studio (cabin tent) is ready!

Private sessions can range anywhere from what you might imagine seeking counselling/therapy support for… to something more focused on developing a creative practice, learning to work with art materials in different (less formal, more curious) ways, working with creative blocks… (re)learning how to play as a gift of pause and reflection for yourself.

Outdoor sessions can be booked online if you’d like to go that route, or you can contact me directly to arrange an appointment. These sessions are in-person, distanced (physical distancing to align with COVID safety precautions), and located in Stanley Park in Vancouver… a beautiful cluster of trees near Second Beach.

See my Private Art Therapy page for general information about private (one-on-one) sessions.

If you have any questions – please ask.

PRICING & INFO

Please see my Private Art Therapy page for details about my rates, cancellation policy, sliding scale, free consultations, and what to expect in a session! 

THE LOGISTICS

  • The location of my outdoor studio is very accessible, in a beautiful pocket of trees close to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Close to parking, buses, the seawall, and public washrooms. 
  • Once I’ve received your booking I will be in touch with you to send directions/map links. 
  • All private sessions must be pre-paid. See my Private Art Therapy page for more information.
  • Please dress warmly as we move into fall and winter weather (bring layers!). 
  • I will provide hot tea, hand sanitizer, and all art materials. 
  • We will maintain physical distancing (6 ft) throughout our session together, and I will always keep the tent at least partially open for air flow …weather dependent. 
  • Given the much reduced risk associated with outdoor interactions I won’t be requiring that you wear a mask. My concern and flexibility around this is grounded in the importance of facial gesture and intonation when engaging in personal work of this nature. 
  • With sessions taking place outdoors, in public spaces – I cannot absolutely ensure confidentiality and privacy. And so, please note that booking an outdoor session will entail consenting to an understanding of this. 
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you are feeling ill in any way, please let me know and we will cancel or postpone your session to another day (with NO cancellation fee). I am taking COVID precautions VERY seriously. 

ART MATERIALS

I will provide an assortment of art materials for each of our sessions together (that will be sanitized and/or “isolated” for a bit between uses). If you’re looking for suggestions for materials to gather for use outside of our sessions, take a peek at my Art Materials page. 

If you have any questions – please ask.

SOME OF MY AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Getting unstuck (overwhelm, underwhelm, complacency)
  • Nervous system regulation, grounding techniques
  • Self-awareness, reflection & curiosity
  • Women's support (empowerment, decisions around/considering childfree living, aging, peri/menopause, relationships)
  • Burnout & compassion fatigue for caregivers (prevention & recovery)
  • Creative blocks (artists, writers)
  • Anxiety, depression, fatigue, shutdown
  • Trauma-informed grounding & processing
  • Anger, irritability, frustration, stress management
  • Life transitions (big & small life changes, grief, loss)
  • Developing a creative practice

ART THERAPY GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO...

  • Pause. With time, space, and support ...to notice how you're ACTUALLY feeling, to express that, and to work towards understanding it.
  • Be supported through challenging life situations and transitions.
  • Explore new ways of accessing and understanding your emotions, your body, and your needs.
  • Discover and explore your strengths and capacity to imagine, initiate, and create change in your life.
  • Explore and address your concerns through a combination of talk, art-making, movement & creative process.
  • Learn how to access a creative process (and develop a creative practice) as a resource and ongoing support tool.

Author Ursula Le Guin describes our imaginations as the single most useful tool that we possess – a tool that we have to learn how to use, “to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them” – that the learning, teaching, and exercising of our imaginations is something foundational to our basic life skills “for growth, for health, for competence, for joy”.

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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.