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Art Therapy

Serving individuals and communities Ontario-wide.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that integrates art and the creative process as a way to support mental, emotional, and physical well-being for individuals, families, or communities. It may sometimes be perceived from the outside as just an art class. However, creative therapies have been demonstrated to support individuals when faced with a variety of different life challenges or experiences. We offer sessions for:

Individuals

Toddlers, primary school, teens, adults, and seniors.

Groups

Care partnerships in long-term care, schools, hospices, and more.

Virtual

Individual or group sessions through Zoom.

Powered by Certified Art Therapists

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Mollia May

Lead Art Therapist

Art Therapists at Miya Creative Care have completed or are in the process of completing an art therapy program that meets the Canadian Art Therapy Association's education standards, including a master's degree or equivalent education combined with clinical training. 

We Offer Art Therapy in:

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Senior Living Homes

A person is sitting in a wheelchair. There is a man blurred in the distance.

Disability Services

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Hospitals

A person lays in a hospital bed in a green surgical gown with another person standing beside them with a hand on their shoulder.

Hospice & Bereavement

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Community-Based &
Social Service Centers

A young man is working on a project on his table. He has a pencil in hand. He is getting direction from an older woman who is across from him examining his work.

Mental Health
Organizations

One women and 5 kids. One kid is wearing a hijab and playing a blue ukelele. The woman in the middle of the photo has a tambourine in her hand. The kid in fornt of her plays the drums. Another kid on the right of the photo has an orange shaker in their hand. The kid on the far right plays a recorder.

Education
Settings

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Our Approach to Art Therapy

Art therapy sessions are highly individualized to meet each client's specific needs. Some common art-making experiences include:

  • Collage making

  • Sculpting

  • Painting

  • Drawing

During these activities, the art therapist plays a crucial role by guiding the experience and offering observations within a relational context. Additionally, post-art-making elements often include counseling and personal reflection to further support the client's therapeutic journey.

What happens in art therapy is up to you, but supported in collaboration with the art, the therapist, and the therapeutic space. Sometimes we paint, sometimes we talk. At times we play around or learn a new skill. Other times we get messy or make incomplete art.

Benefits of Art Therapy

Art therapy benefits individuals of all ages, including those dealing with:

  • Low self-esteem

  • Trauma

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Eating disorders

  • Grief and loss

Art therapists work with children, teenagers, adults, and older adults in a variety of settings to address each individual's goals.​

You don't need any prior art experience to benefit from art therapy; it's a playful, sensory, and therapeutic process that focuses less on the end result and more on the experience itself.

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What Our Clients Have to Say

Daniela K.

"Provided our company with a music therapist and art therapist. We are very happy with the services!"

Bring Art Therapy to the Communities You Serve

Regardless of previous artistic experience, art-making is a powerful tool for individuals to share, honour, and embrace a meaningful experience when investing in their well-being and health. To find out more about art therapy, or begin to explore these ideas in a more formalized setting, book a free consultation to learn more about how our care partnerships programs can bring art therapy into your long-term care home, school, and more.

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