Blue Dog Art Therapy offers sessions in an accessible studio, convenient to public transit, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
* Blue Dog is currently offering free/donation-based internet video art therapy sessions during the COVID-19 cultural upheaval. You can participate in these sessions from anywhere in the world. Contact us below for more! *
You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from art therapy! Stick figures, finger painting, abstract art, clay shapes, and even craft projects are all equally informative on your journey through your inner world. In art therapy, we look together at the stories and personal myths that your art is sharing with you.
“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.”
– Canadian Art Therapy Association – CATA – website
Chrystene Ells is a Certified Art Therapist (DVATI), registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).
For the past 30 years Chrystene has worked with individuals and groups, including marginalized communities, using various art forms as interventions in healing, personal growth and expression. Through this work she has seen the power of art making first hand: giving voice and solace to people living with AIDS/HIV, changing the lives of at-risk multi-cultural San Francisco youth, improving the memory and emotional health of senior citizens in permanent care, helping Deaf youth address experiences such as isolation and language deprivation, and supporting people with visual impairment in the creation of tactile art.
Blue Dog Art Therapy primarily serves adults, however we are happy to refer our studio partner for art therapy for children. Blue Dog Art Therapy offers sessions for individuals, as well as four-week directed individual or group programs, such as Dreams and Archetypes Through Art Therapy. While Art Therapy can bring about positive changes in many areas, some of our special areas of interest are:
Jungian-informed Art Therapy
Spiritual emergency / spiritual crisis
Terminal illness (of self or loved one), grief and loss
Aging, death and dying, and associated challenges for elders and their caregivers
Note that for mental health diagnoses or medication prescriptions, you must see a medical doctor.
If you are curious about art therapy, whether online or in our Regina studio, or would like to inquire about art therapy for individuals, groups, or communities, please fill out and send the form below!