Art Therapy is a type of therapy that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. The creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
-American Art Therapy Association
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling, art directives and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
There are many benefits of art therapy including changes in mood, thoughts and behaviours (CBT), being in the present, changing one’s perspective about the future, and engage in creative thinking in a safe environment. Many types of art mediums are used including paint, pencil crayon, collage and sculpture to allow the client to approach art with a sense of curiosity and not being judgemental about the creations or ability of the artist. It’s a fun activity that doesn’t require any artistic skill or experience. The mission and focus are simple: to help individuals heal, energize and become aware of their inner strengths by providing a safe place to create.
Appointments are 60 minutes, usually weekly, for approximately 12 sessions and all artwork remains the property of the client. (may be stored on site during treatment). It begins with an introductory session where you will create art and determine if you wish to continue.
You may even have fun doing it!
For the on-line sessions, you will need to have art supplies on hand or easy access to the materials.
Being creative, we will find a way to make it work!
Art therapy not only offers the ability to talk about your symptoms, but it also offers a way to express them and yourself through art in a non-judgemental and creative manner. The experience of creating art and being in the present is a good way of coping with your symptoms and enables you to have effective, individualized, and psychological care. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, tauma or PTSD and looking for a way to express yourself, this may be the ideal way for you to do it.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. We achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
We promise to be there for you every step of your journey. Our goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life.
Life’s pressures seem to be increasing without sufficient places to vent or transform the stressors of life. Instead, we have had to become more knowledgeable, more vigilant to become our own advocates in just about every aspect of our lives, including managing the care of ourselves and family members who are reliant on us. Sometimes it feels as though we simply cannot keep up the pace or that we are not able to cope with the fast pace of life. Right now, it's especially hard.
The good news is that in general people are resilient and we will overcome these challenges, but sometimes we need a little help and need to find other ways to cope. Engaging in an "artsperience" is a way to help. Combining art with the experience. (Yeah. I made up the word!)
The art directives/projects are geared to you to help you explore your artistic side, and allow you the freedom to express yourself without judgement.
Engaging in the creative process may spark a new talent for art or just having fun with art materials!
Tamara (Tammy) Reynolds is a retired member of Thunder Bay Police and now a registered art therapist and member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), as well as registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) member.
106 North Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7C 3K9, Canada
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday