“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” (CATA)

Access emotions

Release through imagery

Transforms through reflection & defining

Definition: Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive the benefits, and there are professionals that can work with you to dive into the underlying messages communicated through your art, which will aid in the healing process.

Art therapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counseling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.


Children are naturally creative, and it is usually easier for them to draw a picture rather than answering questions directly. They may be reluctant or even hostile about discussing certain topics. Creating artwork is a non-threatening venue that allows the child to tackle tough issues creatively. Talking to the children about their drawings or paintings and helps them interpret the art can provide therapists with the opening they need to get at the underlying issues.

Art therapy can help children relieve stress, increase awareness of self, and develop healthy and effective coping skills. Children of all ages can benefit from art therapy. Programs are developed around a child’s strengths and abilities, so the child can use the medium even if he or she has never picked up a brush or pastel before.

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.”

- Pablo Picasso


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TYPICAL SESSION: (An example of what can occur)

  1. The participant discusses recent events (similar to talk-based therapy)

  2. Themes arising can become starting points for art making

  3. The client is supported in leading themselves in their own process

  4. Diverse ways of using the materials is offered

  5. The art-making process can illuminate aspects of the one's life and  emotional world.

  6. Reflection through discussions about artwork allows children to externalize issues making them easier to manage and overcome.

Art Therapy Rates

Individual Sessions:

$100/hr. (weekly or biweekly)

Group Therapy: (Theme specific)

WHEN: Wednesdays 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

WHERE: Studio: 525 Hillsdale Ave. E, Toronto ON M4S1V1

FEES: $280 per 8 wk. session (includes materials)

WorkShops: TBD

(Theme specific)

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

Contact Claire for more details