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.
Re-imagining Self Care in Lasting Crisis: A Creative, Virtual Workshop
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00 - 8:30pm
Facilitated by: Jazmine Tufford-Singh
Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Art Therapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor
The pandemic has brought new, unfamiliar levels of anxiety to some, and has amplified already heightened levels in others. Taking care of ourselves as we continue to cope with a sustained crisis is proving to be an exhausting challenge. Previous ways of coping might not be available to us, and we might be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of developing a renewed approach to emotional, physical, and spiritual self care. In this virtual workshop, we will use creative expression to connect to our authentic needs and explore how to nurture them in the face of prolonged stress.
All adults are welcome, please register in advance.
Absolutely no previous art experience is required to participate.
Only simply art materials are needed to participate (pencil & paper), however you are welcome to choose any materials you like and have at home.
Participating in workshops can create a sense of connection, and a feeling of not being alone in our struggle: things that are needed now more than ever. Jazmine will support the collective creation of a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space, and this is something that everyone contributes to.
Uncertainty around connecting with people we don't know can most certainly be present, so there is no pressure to share artwork, or share in the discussion. You are welcome to join, create, and listen. Please see the technical details below for how this looks virtually.