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Art therapy is a form of expressive therapeutic counselling which utilizes the creative art process to promote healing. Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements that promote cognitive, communicative, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual well-being. Music and art have nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities and they can be used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.

Art Therapy Can Help With:

Both art and music therapy are shown to help alleviate pain, manage stress, promote wellness, enhance memory, improve communications, aid physical rehabilitation, and give people a way to express their feelings. Conditions commonly treated by art and music therapy include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Brain Injury

  • Children with Emotional Disorders

  • Developmental Delay and Disorders

  • Pain Management

  • Physical Disabilities

  • Stress Management and Anxiety

Practitioners Offering Art Therapy

Cristina Palermo

Cristina Palermo

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) R.P. and Art Therapist

Cristina Palermo is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Art Therapist. She completed her training in Art Therapy and Psychotherapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and is currently finishing her thesis project on the benefits of art therapy in breast cancer patients and survivors. Cristina has always been passionate about the arts and her own journey as an artist helped her recognize the therapeutic value it holds.

In counselling sessions, Cristina offers both traditional talk therapy and art therapy as options. Cristina takes a very person-centred, humanistic and organic approach with each of her clients, letting the client guide the direction of each session. Sessions are rooted in mindfulness, meditation, grounding, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Cristina can help clients suffering with anxiety, eating disorders, depression, grief and loss, behavioural and neurobehavioral disorders, brain injuries and mood challenges. She regularly works with adults and also specializes in working with children and adolescents. She has learned that using art and even play in sessions helps facilitate a conversation to talk about difficult experiences, especially in youth.

Don’t think you’re an artist? That’s ok, prior skills are not necessary to participate in art therapy it is inclusive to all ages and genders.

“Art can permeate the very deepest parts of us, where no words exist.” – Eileen Miller

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