Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a wonderful outlet and means of self connection and personal development.

Art Therapy outcome research with diverse populations continues to be published in different academic journals in art therapy, psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, special populations, art education, etc.

Neurodivergent and Autistic individuals can find a space to explore, play and be in tune with their authentic selves without the need to fit in or mask. Creatives can engage in an exploration of mediums and art modalities in a safe and supportive space, free of judgement or evaluation.

 

Art Therapy can be a helpful tool in helping you manage:

  • Major life transitions (pregnancy, illness, career changes, loss)
  • Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Past or recent trauma or abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Relationship Issues
  • Personal development and Identity Exploration
  • Sexuality Conflicts/Questions
  • Self Harming and Suicidality
  • Mental Health Concerns due to Chronic Pain, Illness and Injury
Crossroads Collective offers a sliding scaled discounted rate on counselling services for those families where finances are a hinderance. We welcome the opportunity to discuss a payment arrangement that works for our clients. We also offer direct billing to Autism funding, CKNW Children’s Charity, Variety Club and other private benefactor grants.

We are here to support you along your journey.

We are now accepting both virtual appointments as well as in-person appointments. Click below and schedule your first visit today!

Meet the Team

Nadine Viker - Behavioural Technician

DEMOGRAPHIC: Children, Youth, Adults, Families

SPECIALTIES: Depression and Anxiety, Life transitions, Grief and Loss,  Substance Use and Addiction, Trauma, Illness

Ana-Maria Comia, DVATI
Art Therapist

Languages: English, Romanian

Whether you are re-taking control of your life and starting over or you are looking to set time aside for your mental wellbeing, Art Therapy can help. Art Therapy is widely used as an auxiliary treatment for depression, illness and chronic pain, addiction and trauma. Children and Youth particularly respond well to Art Therapy as it offers a less confrontational approach to counseling.

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I have experience working with children and youth with various challenges stemming from parental separation, anxiety disorders, grief and loss and especially difficulties with social inclusion and feeling outcasted. I encourage you to reach out and start your wellness journey. I truly look forward to showing you how Art Therapy can help better your life.

I am an Art Therapist with over six years of experience providing trauma informed mental health and addictions support to vulnerable clients in Surrey. Art Therapy is a treatment approach that combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding.

A common misconception is that artistic ‘skill’ or ‘talent’ is required to benefit from art therapy. In fact, many artists find that their perfectionistic attitude towards their skill level promotes anxiety and a sense of failure. The purpose of Art Therapy is to promote wellness by engaging your creativity, playfulness and problem solving skills.

I have a Masters Level Diploma in Art Therapy from Vancouver Art Therapy Institute which followed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of British Columbia. My training background and experience includes community outreach, addictions and trauma work and family counselling. I have extensive experience working with children, teens and families and have a personal interest in connecting with families who are newly arrived in Canada.

As a young person who experienced uprooting one’s life and moving across the world to start over, I quickly found my passion working with children and youth in Surrey neighbourhoods where the kids often acted as English interpreters for their parents. These families had the unique challenge of finding that their children were more independent and capable of navigating their new environment and culture than they were. The disconnection and alienation they experienced created large gaps in communication causing anger and hurt on both sides. The youth centre programs I ran helped bridge this gap allowing the kids to draw strength from their resilience and find creative ways of engaging their parents and bringing the community together. I also participated in community outreach, forging alliances with at risk youth vulnerable to homelessness and addiction.

More recently I have been working with women struggling with trauma and multiple barriers (justice system involvement, homelessness, generational trauma, addiction) and found that Art Therapy provided something that regular psychotherapy couldn’t – a way to own their story and become authors of their own experience, creating something tangible out of their pain and self-advocating in the process.