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WAITLIST ONLY

Accepting clients January 2023

Tammy Thomson  

Founder & Director, Professional Art Therapist

50 minute Art Therapy sessions online or in our SE studio - $100.00 (plus GST)

Tammy’s background in early childhood development, education and family relationships has equipped her to support children, teens and parents as her primary client focus. She works from a person-centred and strengths-based approach to help you hear and empower the creative voice of your inner child as you explore a variety of materials and art making processes. Through creative play and artistic experimentation, discover your gifts through the healing power of art making.

​Tammy has had varied professional and life experiences as an early childhood development specialist, teacher and mother of three young children herself. Tammy has been described as, “sensitive, nurturing, engaging and supportive.”

​Tammy is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a student member of the Canadian Association of Play Therapy and College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). She has earned a postgraduate, masters level Art Psychotherapy diploma from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (with honors) from the University of Guelph in Child Development Studies. As an arts educator and teacher for more than 15 years, Tammy obtained qualification as an early childhood education development (ECED) supervisor (level 3) and registered as a teacher in the province of Alberta. Tammy has been studying additional masters level training at Yorkville University to complete her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is currently pursuing provisional registration as a psychologist in Alberta at Rocky Mountain Psychological Services. Tammy is a published children’s author of her first book called, The World is Your Oyster. She also enjoys continuously developing her original program with community partners called, ‘Art in the Park’ for children and families making process-based art in the great outdoors.

Issues that can be addressed with art psychotherapy for children & teens:

 

  • Behavioural issues

  •  Depression

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Autism spectrum disorder

  • Learning disabilities

  • Physical/developmental disabilities

  • Anger management

  • Grief and loss

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Interpersonal issues such as bullying, and social isolation

  • Experiences of trauma/abuse

  • Attachment difficulties/disorders

  • Oppositional/defiant behaviour

  • Dealing with sibling or family dynamics

  • Identity exploration

 

“Tammy has vast experience working with children and families. From the first art therapy session, our child felt completely at ease with Tammy. She has a calm, positive energy that makes her soothing just to be around, and our child opened up to her immediately. Tammy obviously has an innate ability to connect with children and has built on that ability with her work experience and academic studies.”

– Parent, Calgary Alberta.

“Our child has looked forward to every one of their sessions with Tammy. We have noticed that they have been able to handle difficulties with more positivity, and that they is feeling more confident about the future, and how they may handle difficulties if and when they arise.”

– Parent, Calgary Alberta.

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