Art Therapist

Diploma in Fine Arts, BA-Studio Art, BEd-Visual Art, MEd-Arts Education, Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy (DVATI)

About me as an art therapist: I am a studio based certified professional art therapist who’s practice facilitates the navigation of transition, healing, and creative growth. Clients, through the act of mark making, are invited to playfully, deeply and bravely seek meaning in life by exploring questions such as, “Why would I dream that?”, “How do I heal?” and “what’s next?” Through prompts, personal explorations, and creative play I encourage my clients to reach within themselves for the answers to practical and existential questions. While in the studio, clients are encouraged to embrace the element of surprise with a good dose of mucking about to be sure. Art therapy is like life really; it is all about transition, transformation and making some thing beautiful with what looks like a mess. Much like disarray of what has become of our carefully planned lives we take what is, in art therapy, and make it ours.

A bit about me in general: I grew up on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia, adventured about in between, and now live in the coastal village of Ladner. I have been creating and teaching art forever and ever. As an artist, I primarily paint, but also enjoy getting my hands dirty with a fabulous ball of clay. I am a mother and a wife; my family is my most brilliant co-creation by far. Boating in the waters off the coast, spotting wildlife at cabins, getting lost abroad, dragging geriatric dogs about, and obsessively loving contribute to the visual musings of my messy mind.

Susy’s Artist blog

Professional affiliations: British Columbia Art Therapy Association/Canadian Art Therapists Association/ Canadian Federation of Artists/ / South Delta Artists Guild/ BC College of Teachers / Canadian Society of Education through Art /Canadian Independent School Association