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I am an art therapist and expressive arts therapist offering private sessions for women, men, adolescents and children. All art materials are provided, and no training or skill is needed. Sessions last sixty to ninety minutes. I provide a flexible pay scale according to need. Small group workshops are offered occasionally. Evening and weekend sessions are available, and victim assistance claims are covered through the Crime Victim Assistance Program. Please call if you have any questions about art therapy/expressive arts therapy and the services that I provide.

About Expressive Arts Therapy

Nancy Orlikow

Expressive Arts Therapist
Registered Art Therapist

Registered Clinical Counsellor

About Art Therapy

Through the use of expressive mediums (drawing, doodling, painting, clay/sculpture) from the visual arts, the client is able to shift out of their perhaps stuck responses to their troubles.  The use of the arts allows for a safe intermediary space wherein a person can freely examine their issues – and discover new possibilities and solutions for themselves.  It is not necessary to be an artist in order to engage in art therapy. 

Play is a large part of the process – as people play, explore and experiment with materials, different themes may emerge that help guide the person towards solutions and resolutions. Part of my job is to help the person find the expressive medium or media that facilitates his or her creative process.  Art making and the creative process are ancient impulses that people have always used to make meaning of their experiences.  From joy to lament-filled expressions, the arts are a resource that can truly help us through life’s twists and turns.

The expressive arts combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. The expressive arts are an evolving multi-modal approach within psychology, community arts and education. By integrating the arts processes and allowing one to flow into another, we gain access to our inner resources for healing, clarity, illumination and creativity. (from the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association Web-site)