About Art Therapy
Expressive arts sessions are a mental health practice that combine talk therapy techniques and the creative process. Clients, supported by the Therapeutic Arts Master Practitioner, engage in the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Emotions are expressed symbolically and the client is able to gain insight and self-awareness through reflecting on what they've made and how they've made it. Expressive art making allows people to improve self-knowledge, build resilience and healthy coping strategies, process and resolve trauma.
Taylor Nashiem, Therapeutic Arts Practitioner
Taylor has her certification in Therapeutic Arts from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, and is an associate member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Throughout her education, she has had the privilege to learn from and work with some of the best Art Therapists in the country. She has always been a very passionate creator and feels inspired to share the healing benefits of the creative process in a therapeutic setting.
In her sessions, Taylor combines creative arts practices with mindfulness, talk therapy and a trauma-informed approach in order to provide the best care possible for her patients. She provides a safe space for self exploration, open communication and honest expression. Taylor works with all different mediums and is open to any material that assists the patient in their expression. Taylor is committed to assisting her patients find useful tools in order to facilitate self-expression and introspection in their everyday lives.
Taylor is very warm and approachable, and her patients comfort is her first priority. Her goal is to make every session beneficial for the patient and hopes to help them feel better than when they came in. Taylor is able to provide sessions to suit any patients need, however therapeutic arts have been proven to aid with coping with symptoms of mental illness and trauma, relationship building, and used as a vehicle for expression for those on the Autism spectrum.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and her dog Oakley, drawing, and relaxing outdoors.