Stephanie Kellington (she/her) MA, MA, RCAT
I am a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT #210-R-16) with a Master's degree in Developmental Psychology from Simon Fraser University and a Master's degree in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths College, University of London (UK).
I have extensive experience working with children, teenagers and adults in community and public-sector settings, both in Canada and in the UK over the past 15+ years.
As well as holding registration status through the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), I am a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) 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.
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 needs and aims.
With the above, I provide individual services that dynamically address clients needs across various age spans:
- Children (7-11)
- Youth (12-18)
- Adult (18+)
Some of the issues I have experience and training in supporting people around include:
- Anxiety + stress management
- Depression + mood disorders
- 2SLGBTQIA+ identity and gender exploration/affirmation
- Trauma + PTSD
- Life transitions + change
- Personal growth
- Family + relationship challenges
- Emotion regulation
- Grief + loss
- Intimate partner violence, including 2SLGBTQIA+ relationships
My primary training as a Psychotherapist is largely guided by psychodynamic and attachment theories, while also being complimented by other approaches.
I believe that no one approach fits all, and I draw from a range of modalities to meet you where you are at. These modalities include:
- Art Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Client Centered Counselling
- Play Therapy
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. 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. 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.
In-Person & Virtual Counselling
As part of my commitment to centering your voice and needs in our work together, I offer both in person and virtual appointments as per your preference.
I. Initial Consultation
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.
II. Moving Forward
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.
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.
Regular weekly therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes in length, at $140 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).
I also reserve a limited number of sliding-scale sessions for clients with economic need.
Supervision is an opportunity for art therapy professionals 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.
As a Registered Canadian Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association I 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 free initial consultation (30 min) or appointment please contact me via phone, email or the message box below:
My office is located centrally in downtown Vancouver and is accessible by multiple forms of transportation including close proximity to bike lanes, mass transit and multiple parking options.
Office: #610 - 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver BC V6Z2K8
Phone: 778 996 9706