Professional Art Therapist, BA, DVATI
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.
At the age of five Estelle discovered the therapeutic and healing benefits of art and play therapy when faced with a life challenge. She continued to use fine and performing arts as a supporting tool during life's difficulties. Estelle’s decision to pursue a career in Art Therapy sprung from all these experiences that were hard to express and process with words, but that could easily be capture in one art piece.
Throughout her postgraduate diploma at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, Estelle was passionate about art therapy research and treatments for adoptees with attachment challenges, psychoneuroimmunology, and managing PTSD symptoms for first responders. Estelle gained valuable experience from diverse practicum placements including a youth correctional facility, elementary schools, rehabilitation clinic, school clinic, and a community center. There she worked with all ages, experienced numerous populations, and honed in on her passion.
Using broad range of orientations including client-centered, psychoanalytic, and focus-oriented art therapy, Estelle’s approach celebrates the power that imagination, creativity, and playfulness, has on facilitating the identification and organization of trauma, deep work, and on general well-being. Furthermore, art can be used functionally to self-regulate as well as part of a self-care regimen.
Estelle is currently working out of her private Art Therapy Practice downtown Vancouver, at Fair Haven Seniors home, and is a Student Support Worker at the Gateway to Adulthood program at the Vancouver School Board. Estelle is a former Executive on the Board of Directors for the BC Art Therapy Association.
Estelle is passionate about working through the difficult, the darkness, the emotional numbness, and tapping into the deeper self, as well as, adoption/birth related issues, boundaries, chronic illness, grief/loss, developing flexibility/problem solving skills, and trauma.
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.
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ME
· A safe and confidential space that supports you to take care of your emotional and mental health with art and creativity
· A non-judgmental, non-competitive therapeutic approach to creating art,
· A meaningful artistic journey that is about the process and not about creating a masterpiece
· All levels of artistic ability are welcome and encouraged to join! There is no prior artistic experienced required to participate and benefit from these sessions