About Art Psychotherapy

Art psychotherapy engages the mind’s inherent creative capacity to process and navigate complex feelings and experiences; meaningful transformation takes place in individual sessions, and over time.


The artistic process connects us with our inner world in a way that can be surprising, enlightening, and deeply moving. It can also be gentle, calm and playful. Thoughts and ideas are communicated – meaning is conveyed – through elements such as form, color, texture and movement. An art psychotherapist is uniquely qualified to guide the creative process safely while working with clients towards their therapeutic goals. 

About Shawna
Professional Art Therapist / Art Psychotherapy.
Graduate of the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT).

Shawna’s approach is integrative, person-centered and trauma-informed. Her experience is centered in self-exploration, identity, complex trauma, women’s health, disordered eating, anxiety, and emotional regulation. Complex trauma is an area of particular focus and continuing research.

Somatic Approaches for Healing Trauma, Somatopia.
Childhood Trauma, Institute of Child Psychology.
Specialized Expressive Arts Therapy, CiiAT.

Attachment Informed Art Therapy, CiiAT.

Professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Member of the American National Organization for Arts in Health.

Member of the Center for Humane Technology.
Member of PD Avengers.

Language: Fluency in English and Spanish.
CELTA qualified English language teacher.
Familiar with basic American Sign Language (ASL).


Shawna is also a multidisciplinary artist, creative professional, and award winning photographer. 

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