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Nicki Elischer

Art Therapy 

Welcome

Art therapy is a gentle and non-invasive therapeutic approach that values your personal experience, your  unique way of expressing yourself, and your innate ability to heal. Art therapy is for everyone - no art experience is necessary.

My Practice

I work with children over 7 years old, youth, and adults in two locations in Vancouver BC. I am also available for online sessions for adults only. 

 

Art therapy can be beneficial to a wide range of experiences, including anxiety and depression, self-care and mental well-being, creativity, support during major life transitions, processing and coping with trauma, coping with chronic pain, and more.

I provide a calm and caring therapeutic space to consider emotions, feelings, patterns, and beliefs while engaging with creative materials. Whether painting, scribbling, weaving, pounding clay, or collaging images, engaging with art materials can provide a unique way of looking at your experience, and provides space for new insights to arise. The process is guided by you and your intuitive needs, and I am with you every step of the way ensuring safety, comfort, and intuitive guidance in order for you to gain the understanding that is needed for important shifts to take place.

As a Certified Child Life Specialist, I also have specific education, training and experience supporting families with medical trauma and hospitalization. I am particularly interested in supporting children, teens and adults post-treatment who would like to heal from past medical trauma, children with a sibling or parent with medical needs, and grief and loss, including anticipatory grief. I provide resources for grieving children and teens at: www.withlovegriefgifts.com

Our work together is client-centered, meaning that our sessions will be based on your own personal goals and interests. Art therapy is powerful, and it is healing, and I invite you to experience how art-making can benefit you!

 Sessions are covered by most extended health care plans. Ask your provider about your personal coverage for sessions with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) 

"When words are not enough, we turn to images and symbols to tell our stories. And in telling our stories through art, we find pathways to wellness, recovery and transformation."

- Cathy Malchiodi  (2013)

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