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Anne Walsh

I love connecting with others. Art therapy allows me to reach people of all ages. Children are naturally creative. They will tell you stories about their art. They need someone to listen to those stories. Teenagers are all about self-expression. They experiment with the art and use it for catharsis and exploration. Respecting their boundaries as they find their own answers is essential. Young adults have so much on their mind, the art allows them to slow down and focus on what's really important to them. In mid-life, stress levels are high as one considers retirement or training often while transitioning from parenting to caring for elderly parents. Art therapy provides much needed down time for self-care and stress relief. For older adults, art therapy can be used as a tool for life review, to process losses or, for further self-exploration.
Education
B.A in psychology from the University of Ottawa 
Graduate certificate in individualized studies with combined concentrations in mental health & creativity from the University of Montreal 
Fine Arts portfolio from the Ottawa School of Arts 
Graduate degree in art therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute
Level 2 Radiant Child yoga therapy training
Experience
My art therapy experience is varied including:
Group Sessions
-an educational puppeteering program about special needs children, 
-a theatre intervention program for teenagers, 
-career choices workshops for College students, 
-burn out prevention workshops for primary caregivers,
-career transition workshops for baby boomers 
-a theater intervention program for older adults in the community, as well as,
Individual sessions
-children aged 8-11 in a low income community school,
-independent older adults, 
-residents recovering from a stroke in long term care facilities and, 
-residents living on the locked dementia unit in a long term care facility. 
I published a short story about my work with older adults; "Hidden Treasures". My second published short story; "This Way Out" reaches out to youth from low income neighborhoods and urges them to pursue their dreams. Follow the link to "Passwords the Book" (Volumes 1 & 2) in the Links section for more information.
I taught psychology, leadership and community development courses and organized field placement at Algonquin College for 12 years. In that time, I gained confidence as a guest speaker and developed my networking abilities.
If you'd like to know what I'm working on at any given time, Follow Me on Twitter or have a look at my Current Projects page. 
I would love an opportunity to meet you, talk about what's happening in your life right now and see how your creativity can lead you to a better place for you and your family. 

I love connecting with others. Art therapy allows me to reach people of all ages. Children are naturally creative. They will tell you stories about their art. They need someone to listen to those stories. Teenagers are all about self-expression. They experiment with the art and use it for catharsis and exploration. Respecting their boundaries as they find their own answers is essential. Young adults have so much on their mind, the art allows them to slow down and focus on what's really important to them. In mid-life, stress levels are high as one considers retirement or training often while transitioning from parenting to caring for elderly parents. Art therapy provides much needed down time for self-care and stress relief. For older adults, art therapy can be used as a tool for life review, to process losses or, for further self-exploration.

Education

  • B.A in psychology from the University of Ottawa
  • Graduate certificate in individualized studies with combined concentrations in mental health & creativity from the University of Montreal
  • Fine Arts portfolio from the Ottawa School of Arts
  • Graduate degree in art therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute
  • Level 2 Radiant Child yoga therapy training
  • Mental Health First Aid

Experience

My art therapy experience is varied including:

 

Group Sessions

  • An educational puppeteering program about special needs children
  • A theatre intervention program for teenagers
  • Career choices workshops for College students
  • Burn out prevention workshops for primary caregivers
  • Career transition workshops for baby boomers
  • A theater intervention program for older adults in the community

Individual sessions

  • Children aged 8-11 in a low income community school
  • Independent older adults
  • Residents recovering from a stroke in long term care facilities
  • Residents living on the locked dementia unit in a long term care facility

Publications

Published a short story about my work with older adults; "Hidden Treasures". My second published short story; "This Way Out" reaches out to youth from low income neighborhoods and urges them to pursue their dreams. Follow the link to "Passwords the Book" (Volumes 1 & 2) in the Links section for more information. Wrote about individuals and charitable organizations in North Grenville for the North Grenville Newsletter and the North Grenville Times.

 

Class Experience

Taught psychology, leadership and community development courses and organized field placements at Algonquin College for 12 years. In that time, I gained confidence as a public speaker and developed my networking skills.

 

What's Next?

 

If you'd like to know what I'm working on at any given time, Follow Me on Twitter or have a look at my Current Projects page.

 

I would love an opportunity to meet you, talk about what's happening in your life right now and see how your creativity can lead you to a better place for you and your family. 

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