Art and play are often the languages that children use to express themselves authentically – images serve to express more than they are able to communicate verbally, and toys and puppets within play become the tools for self-expression. Utilizing art therapy as an intervention for children matches these languages, and allows for the unique needs of each child to be met.
The child client is the leader of the therapy space, where for each 50 minute session, he or she chooses the avenue for expression, be it art materials, toys, a game, or combination. By working in this client-centred way, I have the opportunity to meet and accept the child exactly where he or she is, and work to develop a feeling of safety, unconditional acceptance, and trust. For a child, who often does not have a great sense of control in her or his world, the therapy space becomes one of empowerment, safety, and playful expression. Establishing this therapeutic relationship and safety, allows for vulnerable emotions and experiences to be expressed, and for healing to happen.
Aligning with parents of child clients is important in helping to extend the therapy work beyond the therapy time and space. Parent meetings are scheduled approximately every 4-5 sessions to discuss goals, progress, strategies for home and school, and are an opportunity for parents to update the therapist on changes happening in the client's world. These meetings are 50 minutes in length.
If you feel that psychotherapy or art therapy may be a positive fit for your child, please contact me for more information and to share about your child. I look forward to connecting with you.
Studio Location & Parking
The Therapy in Colour studio is located at the The Allen Loft Building at:
108 Ahrens St W Kitchener, ON N2H 4C3 - Unit 5B
Parking is available in the front lot, back lot (the laneway to the back is to the right of the building), and there is an overflow parking lot available directly across the street at 184 Breithaupt Street (as pictured on the map below).
If you are arriving by bike, the Allen Building is conveniently located at the east end of the Spur Line Trail, and there are bike racks outside the front of the building.
Entering the Building
The Allen Building is accessible only by keycard. Please walk to the back of the building (follow the driveway on the right side), and around the corner from the Sculption Pottery Studio entrance, you will see a second door (as pictured to the right). I will place a doorstop to prop the door 5-10 minutes prior to our session time so you may enter. Once inside, have a seat in the green chairs in the hallway, and I will come out to greet you at our session time! Washrooms are available if you continue straight down the hall.