Creativity & Wellness

As an arts-based clinician, Nancy is passionate about facilitating people’s self-awareness and sense of identity via the arts.  Expressive arts therapy can be used as a means to greater creative expression – and coping with life’s transitions.  Nancy is excited about wellness and believes that the expressive arts can enable us to locate our inner resources and wisdom – to creatively navigate our way through life.
Nancy is a playful mother of two young children.  She’s an avid running, hiking, cycling, and yoga enthusiast – who loves to travel and seek an awareness and understanding of other people and their backgrounds.  Nancy enjoys painting and drawing and reading when she has a solitary moment to spare.

Training & Affiliations

Nancy Orlikow

Expressive Arts Therapist
Registered Art Therapist

Registered Clinical Counsellor


Nancy engages with individuals, families, couples, and groups. She works mostly with children and adolescents and their families – but does see adults as well.  Her primary areas of specialty include working with abuse issues (physical, sexual, emotional) and trauma – having worked at the Child Sexual Abuse Society in Victoria, BC (Now called the Mary Manning Centre); extensive work with sexually and physically abused children and youth in northern BC reserves and villages; served for a few years on the Vancouver Incest and Sexual Abuse Centre (VISAC) team of Family Services of Greater Vancouver in Vancouver and in Richmond, BC; provided contract work for Child & Family Services of Winnipeg; as well as working for several years on the Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (SACC) team at Surrey Community Services, Surrey, BC.  Nancy’s extensive experience has honed her ability to work with the effects of abuse as well as many other issues such as anxiety, depression, illness-related concerns, attachment-related issues, adoption, pre-natal and post-partum adjustment to name a few. 


about the studio
about art therapy

Nancy received her BFA in painting and psychology from the University of Manitoba in 1989, in Winnipeg, MB.  She then moved to the west coast of Canada to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the British Columbia School of Art Therapy (1994) in Victoria, B. C.  To further develop her expressive arts therapy skills, she completed her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies with a minor in Psychology at the European Graduate School (2005) in Saas Fee Switzerland.  Nancy has been a Registered Art Therapist with the BCATA since 1999.  Nancy has taken numerous additional training workshops and courses, and considers herself a life long learner. 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations:

Registered member of the BC Art Therapy Association
Professional member of the BC Association for Play Therapy
Professional Member of the International Expressive Art Therapy Association
Registered Clinical Counsellor