WHAT IS ART THERAPY ?
Art therapy is a sensory-based mental health profession integrating art making and counselling in a safe environment to promote, maintain, and improve mental and emotional health, as well as body-mind connection. Art therapy is a gentle, practical, and safe outlet to begin working on an issue if the problem seems insurmountable, overwhelming, or plainly, when words are just not enough.
The complexities of life can be worked through and organized via the process and art exercises that marry the senses, movement, and brain functions.
WHO I WORK WITH
AREA OF WORK
Autism Spectrum disorder
Experiences of Trauma/abuse
Grief and Loss
Physical developmental disabilities
BENEFITS OF ART THERAPY
Coping with personal/familial physical health conditions
Develop and practice interpersonal skills
Develop self awareness
Facilitate relaxation of the nervous system
Facilitates positive coping skills
Improved Self regulation
Improves executive functioning
Improves fine motor
Increase one-on-one connection, reducing loneliness
Promotes a sense of achievement
Social emotional Support
Estelle Barron is a professional art therapist, who has been practicing in the greater Vancouver area since 2014. Estelle received her bachelors of arts majoring in psychology at UBC in 2011 and a postgraduate diploma in art therapy from The Vancouver Art Therapy institute in 2014. She is a member of British Columbia Art Therapy Association. Estelle speaks English, French, and Spanish. Read more...
WHY I DO
My vision is for Art Therapy services, for all people and families, to be included in the medical service plan, because I believe that all should have access to programs that provide holistic healing, without resources, and/or a diagnosis.
In the meantime, I am pursuing to
1) facilitate the process of empowerment for clients and their families - via art engagement - to make informed decisions about their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being; and
2) work in establishments that hold the space for populations and their families that may or may not otherwise be able to get the help and support they need.
My mission is to celebrate the power that imagination, creativity, and playfulness, has on facilitating the identification and organization of trauma, deep work, connecting to the self and others, and on general well-being. All while staying grounded in the application of art making.