What is Studio Therapy?
Why do we implement a bit of art making into each session? Well, art can be a very compelling expression of our innermost thoughts. It's pretty much as simple as that, but if we want to dig into it a bit deeper, keep reading...
Art is a powerful approach to processing an issue. Human beings have been using art for self-expression for many millennia. Ever heard of the expression, "art imitates life" ? The creative process is so often inspired by true events or based on some aspect of our experiences, memories, or identities, and as such, you may find that the creative outlet can be a natural pairing with the pursuit of emotional well-being.
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” -Pablo Picasso
"What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It's not what you see that is art; art is the gap." -Marcel Duchamp
What brings you to therapy?
Express it visually
Let's explore your piece
Simply put, during our time together, we will explore and express thoughts and feelings by talking AND creating (AKA we’ll talk a little, we’ll draw a little). Our process at Studio Therapy is not about skilled brush strokes or impeccable lines. You’re not here because you’re “a great artist” - whatever that means. You’re here to use another form of expression (pencils) to better understand ourselves (and our problems).
Just show up as yourself with a virtual connection, colouring tools of your choice and a place for them to land (from canvas to scrap paper) and you’re ready for your session at Studio Therapy!
Hi! I'm Shiva & I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) in Ontario, Canada. I work with adults (18+) dealing with Anxiety & Depression. I have been in the field offering a broad range of mental health services since 2015.
My professional background and training is in mental health. I hold a B.A. in Psychology & an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counselling with additional training and certifications in both CBT as well as Expressive Art Therapy.
I am an accredited member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) with the designation of Registered Psychotherapist (RP).
I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) with the designation of Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC).
Anything you're comfortable with!
Adults 18+ looking to gain/improve coping skills to help manage:
As a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, Canada, I am able to provide receipts submittable to extended health benefits for reimbursement. For more information, please reference your provider plan.
60 min session break down:
-30 min: Talking about what brings you to therapy
-15 min: Getting creative
-15 min: Going over your piece together
We will be working together virtually using a tele-health platform
$150 per 60 min session.