Stephanie Kellington, MA, RCAT is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She has a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology from SFU and a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK). Stephanie has 10 years experience working therapeutically with young children, teenagers and adults in community and public-sector settings, both in Canada and in the UK. Here she has provided individual and parent-child therapy to children and young people who have had experiences of anxiety, depression, trauma, gender dysphoria, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and attachment difficulties, alongside their families.
Art therapy can be both accessible and approachable. Many children and young people have a natural facility with communication through art-making and find creative expression a pleasurable and rewarding experience. As well, individuals who do not consider themselves to be “good at art” can benefit from art therapy: art therapy is a form of therapy that uses art materials and art-making as the primary mode of expression and communication for conversations about emotional issues which may be confusing or distressing. Doing so through the unfamiliar-feeling act of art-making can allow for exploration and discovery through routes that may otherwise have been difficult to access. Additionally, many individuals who have more experience in the visual arts have reported enormous benefit from applying their talents in a therapeutic context.
Stephanie is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), as well as the Western Canadian Association for Infant Mental Health.
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