In addition to her belief that the arts have something singular to offer to the mental health profession, Teresa believes her role as a creative arts therapist is to journey alongside her clients. She believes whole-heartedly in both art making and story as foundations of being human. “Art’s healing qualities can lift us beyond ourselves and explore ways which create new meaning in our lives.”
Teresa is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association, the British Columbia Art Therapy Association and the American Art Therapy Association. She is also a professional member of CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association). Teresa divides her time between her family, her private practice in Cranbrook, BC, her continuing development as a visual artist, and volunteering within the community. She has facilitated art therapy sessions for the Cranbrook-Kimberley Hospice Society, has been a guest presenter at inter-denominational retreats, and has offered arts-based therapeutic presentations to service providers.
What People Say
My daughter did art therapy with Teresa for several months to help her with anxiety and a stressful event that occurred in her life. She connected very well with Teresa and engaged in the therapy with enthusiasm. We found that this experience has help our daughter to manager her anxiety and gave her an outlet to express her feeling and tools to manage anxieties. We were pleasantly surprised when she noted that the skills she learned in art therapy had helped her to manage her gymnastics focus and competition anxieties as well.From the parents of a former client:
Teresa has effectively worked with all age groups, from young children to seniors, and all have benefited from her extensive knowledge of creative arts and counselling services. Teresa’s gentle and strength-based approach allows for the safe exploration of challenges and difficulties while engaging in an alternate form of expression and communication. The creative arts therapy services Teresa provides has lead to individuals reporting a significant reduction of feelings of distress while experiencing an increase in feelings of confidence and self-awareness.From her counselling supervisor: