Welcome to the ART-icul-EYES studio of Liz McKnight, Registered Art Therapist
Art therapy is the therapeutic use of art making, within a professional relationship, through creating and reflecting on the art products and process. Awareness of self and others can increase. We can cope with symptoms, stress or traumatic experience as well as enhance cognitive ability and the life affirming pleasure of making art.
"I am a mother of three children, a teacher of students with a variety of special needs for over 28 years, a Nanaimo school district counsellor for 5 years, as well as an art therapist and photographer. "
In addition to an individual experience, sessions could be in a group of like-minded people, as a couple, or as a family. Most likely you will participate in a minimum of six one-hour sessions. If in a group, sessions may be 90 minutes and longer depending upon the age group and/or focus of the session.
My approach is a humanistic, non-directive, client-centered approach (Rogerian therapy); a humanistic philosophy based on the assumption that we each have the ability within, to be self directive and to solve problems.
Read more about my philosophy (pdf, 129 kB).
"These experiences have confirmed my belief in the untapped potential in us all, and in the life enhancing, healing quality of creativity."
Liz McKnight MEd, DVATI, BCATR
Gabriola is blessed with an abundance of social agencies all working hard to take care of the many needs of our fellow islanders. It has been our great pleasure this year to work alongside our fellow community partners by providing both the programming and the services of professional art and drama therapists free of charge to both our partners and their clients. This initiative is not about creating artists or actors or musicians—it is about the healing power of expression through the arts. And what better place than Gabriola to demonstrate that Art really is the heArt of our community?
(from Gabriola Arts Council)