Lindsay is an artist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) specializing in Art Therapy. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art, Lindsay was able to combine her love for art and her passion for helping people find healing, at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Her journey began at Catch the Fire’s School of Ministry and continued at York University where she studied art for four years. Not drawn to a specific media or style, Lindsay enjoyed experimenting and seeing where the art process took her. Art was not about the final piece but the journey to get there. Like the process of creating art, Lindsay believes in a process of healing and the healing power of Jesus, who can also speak through the creative process. She has worked with a variety of populations including women in a bereavement group at a retirement community, Freeport Mental Health unit and children with behavioural challenges. She resides in Perth East with her family on a small hobby farm and is a therapist at By Peaceful Waters working out of Stratford and Waterloo. She is a member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Art therapy is a supportive healing practice that can help process thoughts and emotions, and benefits the mind, body and spirit.
Art making is a multi-sensory process that involves sight, touch, hearing and sometimes smell. This can have a calming and centering effect by regulating breathing, heart beat and the muscles. This involvement can also cause a client to become more in-tune with and grounded in the present moment reducing depression and anxiety which can be caused be dwelling too much in the past or future.
Art therapy allows clients to communicate in a nonverbal way which can be safer, and easier as memories are often stored as images. By allowing clients to work in metaphors and creating “distance” with the memory it can empower them to see pain, transform it and create new meaning. Art therapy activates both sides of the brain which allows access to subconscious memories or trauma that is stored in the right side of the brain.
Art therapy is about the process of creating and experience and has very little to do with the finished process. Therefore it can be accessed by anyone without any prior art involvement. It facilitates a client’s inherent creativity and promotes the expression of feelings which improves and enhances physical, mental and emotional well-being. It is life affirming and can help resolve conflicts, improve interpersonal skills, manage problematic behaviour, reduce negative stress and achieve personal insight.