Art therapy combines the creative process with 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.
The creative process helps people to acknowledge the past, anticipate the future and learn how to handle life experience or struggles more confidently.
My integrated approach includes attending to verbal and non-verbal process. Depending people’s readiness this can involve deep work. However for brief work I tend to be solution focused and encourage resiliency. I see counselling as guiding people towards self-discovery, as well as setting goals, collaborating and supporting. Genuine connection, safety and trust are key aspects.
Developmental issues are important to consider because it helps to understand the role of defensive adaptations and alleviate suffering. Art Therapy can be sufficient and can serve as an adjunct to counselling.
Services are suitable for all ages (children, youth or adults), with individuals, dyadic work, couples, or with groups.
We provide workshops, presentations, and professional development opportunities; and sometimes, in collaboration with KATI (www.kutenaiarttherapy.com). Please contact us for more information regarding education opportunities.
Nick Zwaagstra is also on the teaching faculty with St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, Alberta
We provide consultation to professionals, health care, schools, businesses, and community groups about art therapy applications. Please contact us for more information regarding consultation services.