HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY OUTDOOR SESSIONS

COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated May 14, 2020

Please check back for details about how I will be moving forward …ever forward into these strange times!

I do not have any immediate plans to re-open my studio for in-person sessions (yet), but I will continue to offer online private sessions (on Zoom) AND am adding options for outdoor private sessions beginning June 1, 2020. More details soon! 

 

OUTDOOR ART THERAPY

Outdoor session options will be available starting June 1, 2020 (though you can book in anytime now). And will be for (one-on-one & distanced) in-person sessions in Vancouver only, and Stanley Park specifically for the time being. Please check back for more information as I negotiate the details. 

This is a response to a few things ….

  • COVID, and the importance of continuing to physically distance.
  • the arrival of Spring… everything is blooming and growing and carrying on just as it ought to.
  • my love of making art, exploring and being in the outdoors.
  • finding creative solutions to be able to give and receive support. 

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

  • All private sessions must be pre-paid. See my Private Art Therapy page for more information.
  • To begin with (and this may change), all of my outdoor sessions will take place in Stanley Park (and surrounding beaches). BUT I’m open to considering other seawall locations, so if this is of interest to you let me know. 
  • Once I’ve received your booking I will be in touch with you to arrange a meeting place, and to chat about art materials and other details about our session together.
  • We will choose a meeting spot together… which can either be outside of the park (and we can walk or cycle together to our art-making spot(s), or we can choose a spot within the park to meet (in this case, I can provide location options – including approximate distance/travel time via walking and cycling). 
  • You will need to bring your own blanket, drinking water, and hand sanitizer. 
  • We will maintain physical distancing (minimum of 6 ft) throughout our session.
  • 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). 

ART MATERIALS

I’m happy to provide materials that can be safely shared (and sanitized) …and for anything outside of that:

  • We can work partly (or entirely) with found nature objects
  • You can purchase an art material package from me, that I will bring to our session (and give to you, for use in future sessions)
  • You can bring your own art materials (see my Art Materials page for suggestions)
  • A combination of all of the above…

SOME OF MY AREAS OF FOCUS

  • Getting unstuck (overwhelmed, underwhelm, stasis)
  • Nervous system regulation, grounding techniques
  • Self-awareness, self-care, life balance
  • 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
  • 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 better understand where you're at, and what you want. 
  • 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, and 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 and working on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples - xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.