Art therapy 

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What is Art Therapy?
 

Art therapy is an integrative therapeutic intervention that facilitates non-verbal communication and emotional processing through our natural inclinations to express ourselves artistically. 

 

Art therapy helps you connect and re-connect with your expressive skills: visual, sensorial and kinesthetic (movement). Art therapy is NOT an art class. It is a safe space to get support to process your emotional needs. In art therapy, the most important part of art-making is the process itself, rather than the final product, no aesthetic judgements!

Art therapy facilitates and presents itself as an empowering therapeutic venue to strengthen your self-awareness, self-esteem and guide you towards insightful healing experiences. 

Maya Angelou once said, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I am here to support you in expressing your untold stories. I will witness and listen to your untold stories and help you express and process them through the tools that expressive arts therapies provide, particularly art. Art therapy is a less challenging medium to explore your emotional needs. Through the sessions, I will help you catch those overwhelming emotions and entangled thoughts. Together, we will find the best strategies for you to make the changes you need to feel better.

As an art therapist, I use humanistic, mindfulness and systemic approaches. Through these, we will find tools to empower yourself and feel supported in your healing process. I am committed to helping you learn life-long skills to set your goals, purpose and strengthen your self-esteem effectively. As time evolves and the Creative Arts Therapies communities recognize that some of our approaches, practices and interventions have utilized spiritual and non-Global North (Eurocentric White-generated knowledge) I take a humble cultural stance and I am committed to my continuing education and collaboration to learning from spiritual native healers. 

As a multi-ethnic woman, I have experienced and endured the hardship of oppressive racism and social injustice. Consequently, I am empathic and advocate for Social Justice matters. To me, the most important thing is to help you navigate such issues in the best possible way. 

Want to read a bit more about art therapy?

Read what the main Art therapy associations say about it.
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Who am I?

Ah, existentialist questioning? Don't we all wonder?!

Lily (she/her)

I am a pet lover, melomaniac (music enthusiast), hiker, and I guess at times, dark existentialist joker ;)

I consider myself a decolonial feminist. As an art therapist, I feel it necessary to integrate my feminist stand within the therapeutic setting. This helps us reach a safe space where I can support you in becoming your own ally and empower yourself. It benefits the therapeutic relationship since it provides space for cultural humility to flourish to avoid dynamics oppression.

Associations, accreditations, professional orders

What are all these things?

Do I care as a person seeking a therapist? 

Yes, you should. As a client, you are entitled to understand and learn what credentials your therapist or counsellor holds and what all these titles mean. I am a first-generation immigrant to Canada. Not only for me but for other colleagues who venture into private practice and social advocacy, it is all so confusing what legal requirements are necessary to practice art therapy in Quebec and how things work. 

 

I am a:

ATPQ- Art-thérapeut professional du Québec (Professional art therapist of Québec) by the Association des Art thérapeutes du Québec-AATQ

And I am a professional member of the:

Canadian Counselling and Psychological Association-CCPA &

Quebec Counselling Association-QCA (11241479) 

And a 

N.D. Naturopath by the Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada (21-6655) - which is the cool hack Art therapists and other Creative Arts Therapists (CATs) in Quebec do to be able for our clients to request insurance refunds. Yey! 

- A line of work that aligns with counselling from naturopathy is lifestyle, wellness & mental health guidance. 

In Mexico, to work in the professional fields, you need to obtain a national professional license from the Ministry of Education upon graduating with a Bachelors's degree. Thus, I am a professional psychologist. 

Licenciada en Psicología (09070494)

 

In Québec, art therapists are not recognized to practice "psychotherapy" by the  Ordre des psychologues du Québec. Nonetheless, Creative Arts Therapies degree programs in Canada provide us with tools and experience on the field through rigorously supervised practicum internships (stag) in clinical settings. Consequently, art therapists and other creative arts therapists in Québec practice art therapy as a therapeutic venue for wellness.

 

The Art Therapy Association of Québec (AATQ) and other Creative Art Therapies professionals (Music and Drama Therapy) have been working towards the creation of an Order, which with time will help us gain more recognition and rights both for our clients and us. 

A summary of my professional path 

 

(you can read more about me and my academic work on my bio and publications sections)

2021- I got my Masters of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies (specialty in Art therapy) from Concordia University, Canada.

- I recognize and thank the CAT Department for having granted me an entry scholarship. 

 

2015- I studied Music Cognition and obtained an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain from Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. 

- Studying this MSc was possible thanks to the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT, Mexico) and the Banco Santander-Goldsmiths Scholarships. 

 

2014- For my undergraduate studies, I studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and obtained a BSc (Honours) in Psychology.

- While studying at UNAM, I had the opportunity and privilege to participate in exchange programs with scholarship support. 

I enjoy researching and collaborating on interdisciplinary academic research on

Neuroaesthetics and Music Cognition. 

I acknowledge and recognize I have the privilege to have been born in an academic family and was fortunate to be able to access scholarships from a very young age.

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