What Is Art Therapy?

Glass Quirks Artisan and Art Therapist

“Art therapy combines the creative process and 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. “

Canadian Art Therapy Association

Sharen has both a bachelor or art and a bachelor of psychology, from the University of Victoria. She completed her post graduate Master’s Equivalent in Art Therapy at The BC School of Art Therapy in 2001. She is highly trained as a therapist, an artist and a stained glass artisan and sculptor. She brings a unique and whimsical perspective to healing the mind using gentle humour

Qualifications required of art therapists.

In Canada and the United States, art therapists must have at minimum a master’s degree or a master’s level diploma in art therapy before identifying themselves within the profession. This graduate level education includes supervised clinical practicum hours (minimum requirement for all practicums is 700 hours and at least 350 of these hours should involve direct client contact), thus ensuring the safety of the client as well as professional liability for agencies and employers offering this form of therapy.

Canadian Art Therapy Association

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Art Therapy

Art therapy has many definitions. There is open studio, group art therapy, individual, art as therapy, amongst other types.

How does art therapy with stained glass work?

Stained glass is perfect for working things through that are confusing or painful. The glass is breakable has sharp edges and comes in many colours. The act of building a piece of art from broken pieces of glass can be therapeutic, a metaphor for changing one’s life.

Choosing colours, discussing how the light and textures express feelings breaking the glass, soldering the glass together like a broken feeling… can be very helpful. Sometimes just expressing feelings and choosing the materials selecting the elements that make up a piece of stained glass then having the artisan understand and empathize with your choices and the reasons for the choices can also make life made just for you, feeling heard and understood can resolve the turmoil in a situation or mindset.

What is the History of Art Therapy?

Who Hires an Art Therapist

Art therapists are hired by people needing help with trauma, grief and loss, physical pain management, or sometimes, comfort. A friendly compassionate voice and a gift might be just what is needed.

Professional Art Therapist Credentials

An art therapist requires at least the minimum prerequisites of a bachelor of art and bachelor of psychology, just to apply to get into the School of Art Therapy.

Art Therapy With Stained Glass Special Credentials

In addition to the following minimum art therapy credentials, Sharen has 21 years of experience and training as a stained glass artisan and art therapist. Sharen has taught, counselled and employed many differently abled folk,

Sharen has both a bachelor or art and a bachelor of psychology, from the University of Victoria. She completed her post graduate Master’s Equivalent in Art Therapy at The BC School of Art Therapy in 2001, a total of 10 years education.

Sharen specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Family Systems, Grief & Loss and Object therapy. Sharen also has extraordinary skills as a Group Art Therapist.

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