In week two of our Art for Health, for Life series we are exploring Art Therapy.

Welcome, Petrea! Please tell us a little about yourself and your work.

Registered Art Therapist Hi I am Petrea Hansen-Adamidis. I am a Registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. I am an artist (as I believe we all are), a mother, and nature lover among other things. I have been in the field of art therapy for over 20 years.

My clinical work has mainly been with children and parents who are struggling with trauma, relationships, and or mental health issues.

Currently I work in a children’s mental health centre as an expressive arts therapist. As an expressive arts therapist with young children, I support clients as they use art, drama, play, music, and movement to express themselves and work through the difficulties they are faced with. I am both witness and guide to their journey.

In my private practice I focus on connecting adults with their inner artist, for stress prevention and whole hearted living. I also focus on strengthening relationships within families through the expressive arts.

What interested you about art therapy?

In my undergraduate studies in Psychology I was asked to do a project on some type of psychotherapy and stumbled upon art therapy. I knew from that first encounter that it was for me.

As a child I had always been quieter and would turn to my art. I continued in pursuing art in high school but did not see I could make a career out of it. I knew I was a good listener and wanted to help others with “problems”. So when I was introduced to art therapy in university something lit up inside me and I could feel this was the path for me to take.

Art therapy as I understood it there helped people who were struggling with life issues by helping them explore themselves and their options via art expression. This is just one aspect of art therapy of course. Another is the connection people make with their strengths through creativity, including their ability to see that they have the answers inside. The art therapist gently guides this process and provides a holding space for the transformation to happen safely.

How does one become an art therapist:?

Becoming an art therapist usually requires one has an undergraduate degree in psychology or related field as well as some fine arts training prior to taking the graduate level training (depending on where you are in the world and the requirements of your country’s Art Therapy Association).

Art Therapy training generally consists of 2 years of graduate level courses and internships.

Where can people learn more about art therapy?

 

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Thank you for sharing this information Petrea!

 

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