Art therapy combines simple, inviting art supplies, with lots of support and encouragement from a qualified art therapist, to help individuals create art as an outlet for their feelings.
Art therapy is helpful for:
- improving self esteem
- reducing anxiety and negative feelings
- processing grief and loss
- releasing anger
- increasing confidence
- enhancing creativity
- and much more!
What to expect
My role as an art therapist is to provide a safe, supportive, and encouraging space, ensuring that clients comfortable to fully express themselves creatively.
In this space, clients are inspired to choose simple, inviting materials such as clay, paints, pastels, or colourful craft supplies to make art, and in the process to express, explore, and discover personal thoughts and feelings.
When we are able to connect to and express our authentic selves through the creative process, and feel truly seen and accepted, healing and growth naturally occur.
I’m Colleen Sheridan, a professional art therapist with a passion for working with clients to enhance their well-being.
My love of practicing art therapy developed at Elsie Roy Elementary School in Vancouver, where I provided one to one art therapy sessions to students with a variety of challenges, including anxiety, anger, grief and loss, attention difficulties, as well as life transitions such as divorce and relocation.
Since then I have enjoyed offering both child art therapy services as well as adult wellness-art programing through the West Point Grey Community Center.
In addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a post graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, I have decades of experience using art-making as an important part of my personal wellness routine.
“I have seen first hand, as a Student Support Worker who works with children with special needs, how positively the kids responded to Colleen’s patient, flexible, thoughtful, and creative approach.”
Elementary School Student Support Worker
“As a Clinical Counsellor who works with children and families, I worked with Colleen for 3 years while she completed her practicum for the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. She is a kind, calm and compassionate person who made the children feel heard and understood through the medium of art. As a counsellor, I highly recommend Colleen and her fun, hands-on approach to counselling through art.”
Registered Clinical Counsellor