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The Art Therapy Workshop Series at Nightingale


We are excited to introduce a series of art therapy workshops facilitated by two registered clinical counsellors and art therapists at Nightingale. These workshops aim to foster a sense of belonging for the diverse population of the community and provide an opportunity to explore, express and process human experiences in a creative way through art therapy.

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are for anyone who is interested in trying art therapy in a group setting. We welcome all youth (18+) and adults to join us in experiencing the power of creative expression in a collective space, deepening your relationship with self and others.

What you can expect

Each workshop is 2 hours long and consists of an opening exercise that invites participants to the space and helps them become familiar with each other. Art therapists will then introduce the theme of the workshop, followed by a discussion about the theme. From here, art therapists will guide participants into the specific art therapy directive created for that workshop and provide support with the art making process. All art materials will be provided and introduced by art therapists. After completing the art making portion of the workshop, art therapists will guide participants in debriefing and processing their experience in a group discussion format. Sharing of artwork and experience is encouraged, but not required and participants are given the choice of how much for little they want to share with the group. Lastly, a closing activity will be facilitated by art therapists to ensure a smooth transition and ending for the workshop.

Benefits of Attending

  • Increased sense of belonging and community
  • Expressing an internal experience creatively
  • Deepening connection with self
  • Exploring a human experience through the unique and innovative language of art
  • Increasing self awareness and personal insights
  • Increasing acceptance and agency
  • Developing new ways to manage stress
  • Discovering creative problem-solving skills
  • Enhancing interpersonal skills
  • Sharing and normalizing differences in the human experience

Exploring ADHD and Masking using Art Therapy

Saturday, Nov 25, 16:00-18:00
This group will explore the concept of Masking, which is a common learned response among those with ADHD. Masking or “camouflaging” is when someone with ADHD covers up their symptoms to fit in the neurotypical social norms.
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Coping with Stress with Art Therapy

Saturday, Jan 27, 14:00-16:00
This group will explore new ways of coping and dealing with stress through creativity and art making.
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Art Therapy and Self Compassion

Saturday, Feb 24, 14:00-16:00
This group will provide an opportunity for participants to foster a deeper connection to self and begin building self compassion.
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Art Therapy and Body Image

Saturday, March 23, 14:00-16:00
In this group we will provide a safe space to explore and connect about the experience of living with body image struggles.
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Art Therapy and Connecting with Inner Strengths & Community

Saturday, April 27, 14:00-16:00
In this group we will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their inner strengths and begin to see themselves as part of a larger community.
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Exploring Trust Through Art Therapy

Saturday, May 25, 14:00-16:00
In this group, we will engage the group in an art directive that invites participants to explore and practice trust with self and others.
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A note from Ann and Faranak

Hello and Welcome!

We are two registered clinical counsellors and art therapists currently living, working, learning and playing on the unceded and stolen lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. We have been facilitating community-based art therapy workshops for the past three years, focusing on a variety of themes and bringing diverse populations within our community together.  In our workshops, we strive to create an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and conducive to the creative process. We have witnessed the power of art therapy in both personal and professional realms and this is why we are so excited about sharing it with you all at Nightingale. Professionally, we are passionate about having a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens that aims to empower and encourage our participants. At a personal level, we are lovers of colour, sunshine, being goofy, psychology geeks, and relatable memes all day.

We look forward to meeting and creating together!

Ann Gudmundson
Faranak Ghorbani

Your questions answered

Common questions

All plans are different, but if your benefits cover the work of Registered Clinical Counsellors (R.C.C.)—which the vast majority of plans currently do—then you can submit the receipt you receive from Nightingale for reimbursement.

These art therapy workshops are in an open group format (new members can join the group at any time), and each workshop will be focused on a different theme. Diverse populations are invited and encouraged to take part.

While traditional art classes focus on technique, skill and the final product, the focus of art therapy is on the process of creating rather than the finished product. No art experience is needed for you to engage in this workshop. All you need is a willingness to experiment and explore!

Yes, all the art materials will be provided.