Joanne Morris Art Therapy and Consulting

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Joanne Morris Art Therapy and Consulting

Joanne Morris, B.A., OATR, OCT, R.E.C.E.

Professional Experience

Joanne has a degree in Fine Art and a post-graduate diploma in Art Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. She is a Registered Art Therapist and an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Specialist in Special Education. She has worked in private practice since 1994 providing art therapy to children with symptoms of post-traumatic shock. Over the years, Joanne has given many presentations and workshops in art therapy to service providers in social work and counselling. Joanne has supported children with autism and developmental disabilities.

What Is Art Therapy?

Joanne uses the expressive and visual arts as a counselling intervention for children and adults who have experienced anxiety or emotional problems. Joanne has also worked with deaf children and knows basic American Sign Language and Picture Exchange Communication Systems.

Art therapy helps the individual express thoughts and feelings in a visual and tactile way, when words are not enough. Art therapy motivates and moves the child toward adjustment and actualization during their bereavement or crisis. A wide range of art media may be used in the sessions, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and photography.

Tutoring and educational learning strategies may be provided for children with learning disabilities using computers and other assistive technologies.

Trauma and loss grief counselling workshops exploring the expressive arts may be provided for educators and professionals in the healthcare field. Self-discovery and mandala-making sessions are available for children and adults to decrease the impact of stress and increase mindfulness.

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