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Articles and Studies in the field of Art Therapy

  • Jacqueline Fehlner. (1996) Art Therapy on a Rehabilitative Geriatric Hospital Unit. Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal 10:1, pages 7-15. 

  • David Henley. (2005) Attachment disorders in post-institutionalized adopted children: art therapy approaches to reactivity and detachment. The Arts in Psychotherapy 32:1, pages 29-46. 

  • Schweizer, Celine & Spreen, Marinus & Knorth, Erik. (2017). Exploring What Works in Art Therapy With Children With Autism: Tacit Knowledge of Art Therapists. Art Therapy. 1-9. 10.1080/07421656.2017.1392760. 

  • Pifalo, Terry. (2006). Art Therapy with Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents: Extended Research Study. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 23. 10.1080/07421656.2006.10129337. 

  • Jennifer E. Drake, Ellen Winner. (2013) How children use drawing to regulate their emotions. Cognition & Emotion27:3, pages 512-520. 

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 from 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.

Estelle has 9 years experience working with children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors as an art therapist, behaviour interventionist, and support worker. She is currently working with Children 6+ online and in person. Estelle is a former Executive on the Board of Directors for the BC Art Therapy Association.

 

Using broad range of orientations including client-centered, focus-oriented, trauma informed art therapy Estelle’s approach celebrates 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. Furthermore, art can be used functionally to self-regulate as well as part of a self-care regimen.

Estelle is passionate about working through the difficult, the darkness, the emotional numbness, and tapping into the deeper self.

WHY I DO 

I believe that creativity, imagination, and playfulness can be a tool to support a person through uncovering wounds and begin a conversation with the pain, so it doesn't eat you alive or manifest in unhealthy ways that are maladaptive and self-sabotaging (toxic relationships/friendships, addiction, chronic illness, escapism, avoidance, triggers, re-living patterns that no longer serve you, traumatizing others). As an adoptee, I've had to slowly uncover my wounds, as they run deep and art has been an amazing tool for support and mirroring my world.

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.

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My vision is for Art Therapy services, for all people, to be included in the medical service plan, because I believe that all should have access to programs that provide mental health support.

 

I aim to 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 are in line with my values and 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.​