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The Art Therapy Centre planning team is in the process of developing partnerships, referral systems, and learning about the specific needs of the population. There appears to be a great need for mental health support and little affordable or free access.

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving self-expression through art making, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis. Non-verbal and verbal communication and healing occur as thoughts, ideas and emotions are expressed through art. No art skills are necessary.

After having run a successful pilot project in October 2019 with a group of women experiencing birth trauma, we will be opening our centre in the Fall of 2020 with two art therapists, Catherine Wells, professional art therapist and a founder of the school, Rachel Pochat-Selby, a second year Master of Art Therapy intern from Concordia University. In light of the Covid-19 crisis, we will be doing our part to make much needed mental health support available to our community as a front-line, essential service, with the capacity to switch to and/or offer online and tele-health art therapy services. 

We can’t offer these programs without the generous support of our donors and partners.  To see how you can help visit our Support community art engagement page.

The Pointe-Saint-Charles Art School offers affordable visual arts classes and workshops for students of all levels and walks of life and is a non-profit registered charity.

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