Stephanie Kellington MA, MA, RCAT
I am a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT #210-R-16) with a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from SFU and a Master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK).
At the centre of my therapeutic approach is the valuing of each individual that I work with. The reasons that bring people to therapy are as varied as their personal life stories. I aim to be responsive and sensitive to each client’s goals.
I have extensive experience working with children, teenagers and adults in community and public-sector settings, both in Canada and in the UK. My private practice is complemented by my work in the Child and Youth Mental Health program of the BC provincial government, where I provide individual and parent-child therapy to children and young people who have a diagnosed mental illness, along with their families.
As well as holding registration status through the Canadian Art Therapy Association, I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and the Western Canadian Association for Infant Mental Health. I also participate in on-going education and supervision through the western branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association.
Along with my therapeutic practice, I am also committed to furthering research and theory within the field of art therapy and have contributed to academic literature on the use of art psychotherapy with children and adolescents. Additionally, I currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal.
About Art Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy involves conversations with a listener who is trained to help you make sense of, and try to change, aspects of your life that feel difficult or are causing you problems. Art Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that uses art materials and art-making as the primary mode of expression and communication for those conversations. Within this context, the art is not used as a diagnostic tool, but rather as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing or distressing.
Art psychotherapy is accessible and approachable. Many children and young people have a natural facility with communication through the art-making process and find creative expression a pleasurable and rewarding experience. Individuals do not have to be “good at art” to benefit from art psychotherapy. Many clients I have worked with in the past have found that expressing themselves in the unfamiliar act of art-making, allowed them to explore and discover elements of their interior worlds that may otherwise have been difficult to access. As well, individuals who have more experience in the visual arts have found enormous benefit from applying their talents in a therapeutic context.
Choosing the right therapist for you or your child is important and it should feel that there is a good ‘fit’ with the person you choose to work with. As an introduction, we begin with a free, initial 30 minute meeting that allows us to think about what you would like from therapy and to answer any questions there may be about how we might work together.
In proceeding, we begin a process of exploring what brings you into therapy and address your needs accordingly as they evolve. Together we will come up with a way forward. We will agree on a day and time for your weekly sessions. Regular weekly therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes in length, at $120 per session (charged at the time of the session; a minimum of 24 hours advance notice of cancellation is required or the full fee will be applied).
Endings in therapy work best when they are thought through together and play out differently for each individual. Our objective is to allow the therapy to evolve organically so that you can feel when the time to end is right. This is a time when new insights have been gained with the development of expanded perspectives.
Supervision is an opportunity for you as a professional to reflect on both your experience of the work as well as its impact on you as an individual. It is a positive and generative experience in which we collaboratively reflect on your practice as an art therapist.
I am a Registered Canadian Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and have completed Supervision Training for Art Therapists through the British Association of Art Therapists.
Please contact me for more information regarding this service and fees.
To book a consultation or appointment please contact me via email or phone.
Office: #610 - 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver BC V6Z2K8
Phone: 778 996 9706