Art Therapy




Gillian's purpose & holistic vision is to help people creatively integrate the heart with the wisdom of the body, mind, spirit, & soul. 

Gillian works in dual practice which incorporates Art psychotherapy in combination with Massage therapy in separate one hour sessions to facilitate creative change, self-care, emotional intelligence, empathy, resiliency, and purpose.

Creativity is heart & soul centered!  It is about loving what you do!  Miguel Ruiz writes: "Every human is an artist."  

I am witness to children, adolescents, and adults living in a techno culture that are devoid of the experience of organic, unstructured play and art making that strengthens personal roots and collective branches of empathy.  Children need more than ever to learn how to feel sensations and connect with their body in loving, self-caring, empathic, and gentle ways.  I believe vitality, creativity, affectivity, empathy, and spirituality are the building blocks for emotional intelligence, literacy, resiliency, and purpose.  These human and spiritual qualities re-humanize the creative learning process. 

When you feel grounded in your body and connected with your own emotional waters you are in the flow of your river, and you are able to fluidly move towards your purpose with flexibility, ease, and grace.  This is the place of your creator source-your inner magical playful child - the place of your worth and value.   Learning to live from your creator source deeply touches the heart and soul of what matters in your life, relationships, and friendships.


When a person restores their capacity to play, the exploration of creativity begins to flow naturally.  Some people feel safer using art to connect with sensations and express their feelings, as opposed to verbalizing with words.   Creativity enables silence and a deeper communication with your internal creator source. Verbal dialogue with your image or object only happens as a result of your investment in your creation.   There is no previous art training required only curiosity and the desire to play, explore, laugh, cry, and grow!


What is the distinction between Art therapy & Art psychotherapy?

Art therapy or 'art as therapy' supports your creative expression and image making through the use of diverse materials. 

Art psychotherapy is an in-depth exploration of the meaning within your images and object relationships.


The art psychotherapist does not interpret your images but rather encourages you to explore, play, and share meaning without criticism or judgment.  This builds empathy, respect, trust, and emotional safety in a relationship.  Then you strengthen the real experience of being connected, listened to, and understood. You experience a sense of belonging in the world which is a shared reality.  Art psychotherapy represents a creative learning process which integrates both the visual/verbal right brain and the cognitive/rational left brain.  

Gillian has 17 years of Art psychotherapy & 8 years of Massage therapy experience working with children, adolescents, adults, parents, couples,& aged.  The holistic dual practice approach of Art psychotherapy combined withMassage therapy is highly effective in the treatment of depression, anxiety, learning disability, ADHD, post-traumatic-stress disorder, panic attacks, grief, hypersensitivity, emotional eating disorders, sexual abuse, and psychosomatic pain.  

Art psychotherapy Benefits & Outcomes

  • Actualizes potential and capacity for creative learning
  • Releases blocked creativity, tension, and stress in the body
  • Strengthensidentity, resiliency, self-love, self-worth, and confidence
  • Improves ability to differentiate assertion from aggression
  • Fosters acceptance, tolerance, and trust in diversity
  • Increases respect for boundaries of safety
  • Nurtures a sense of belonging to a communiity of care
  • Develops affective bonds between people which support empathy
  • Grounds creative expression of emotions, feelings, and thoughts


Are you ready to invest in creative change?


Free telephone consultation and/or free 1/2 hr demo in art psychotherapy helps you see and feel whether a creative learning process is something you want to invest in.  



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 Individual fees incl HST:


1 hr Children (4-14 yrs):  $65 

1 hr Adolescents (15-21yrs):  $75

1 & 1/2 hr Adult or parent interview:  




2 hrs Couples:  $170

Dual practice:  1 hr Art psychotherapy & 1 hr RMT:  $150 

Special package for children:  12 X 1 hr sessions:  $650 

! & 1/2 hr long-distance art psychotherapy skype video cam sessions:  

4 wks X 1 hr = $300 



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'Driving William' is a 26 minute documentary conceptualized and co-produced by Art therapist and head of William's Rehab - Sascha Archer and filmaker - Joanna Higgs from GoTrolley Films, Cape Town, South Africa.

The story charts the miraculous and inspirational rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration through "foot and mouth painting" in Art therapy sessions with a 12 year old double arm amputee burns patient at the Cape Town Red Cross Children's Hospital, South Africa.

The documentary has been traveling around the world and was used to raise money for William's much needed prosthetic which he will receive end of June. It is available to schools, hospitals, NGOs and others for educational and teaching purposes only. View the 3 minute 'Driving William' trailer here:

Email Sascha directly at if you want to purchase a DVD of the longer documentary for CAD $20 and/or a 12 page booklet titled: "William's Art Therapy Journey" for CAD $10.