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For me, art making has been a creative outlet and source of both comfort and self-expression for

as long as I can remember. Art chronicles not only our shared human experiences – our

thoughts, feelings, struggles and hopes, but also our connection to one another and to the

planet. You do not have to refer to yourself as an artist in order to create. We create all of the

time – experiences, memories, meaning…

 

I became an art therapist to help individuals express themselves in ways that foster

understanding, nurture growth, encourage resilience, and build upon strengths. I seek to provide

a culturally sensitive, safe, and trauma-informed therapeutic experience and feel honoured to be

part of my clients healing journey. Staying current in best practice and evidence-based treatment

approaches is not only a vital part of being an effective psychotherapist, but something I value

and cherish as I too continue to learn and grow.

 

Establishing a contained, accepting, and empathetic space where individuals can safely explore

the challenges that have brought them into therapy is important to me. I am a Registered

Psychotherapist of Ontario, Registered Canadian Art Therapist, and Ontario Certified Teacher. I

was trained in a phenomenological, person-centered Art Therapy approach, and also very

grounded in psychodynamic theory. Both my teaching and clinical experiences have enabled me

to work with diverse populations of children, adolescents, and adults including those who have

experienced trauma and abuse, severe mental illness, ADHD, attachment disorders, Autism

spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, depression, PTSD, concurrent disorders, and

dementia.

 

In my private practice I provide Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Cognitive

Processing Therapy. I am also a Blue Cross Provider for psychotherapy and work with Veterans

and their family members. I am passionate about advancing the field of art therapy and have

presented to colleagues, professionals, students, and facilitated parent/child workshops.

Presentation topics have included: spirituality and creativity, digital photography, life skills, ‘art as

therapy’ in the classroom, Art Therapy's role in managing risk, and Art Therapy for Veterans.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, all of my in-person sessions have moved to virtual delivery.

Sarah Roesler, BFA, BEd, OCT, DKATI, RCAT, RP