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

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 Canadian Art Therapist (canadianarttherapy.org), Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (crpo.ca),and Ontario Certified Teacher. I was trained in a phenomenological, person-centered Art Therapy approach. 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, developmental and learning disabilities, depression, PTSD, concurrent disorders, and dementia. 

In my private practice I provide Art Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and CognitiveProcessing Therapy. I am also a Blue Cross Provider for psychotherapy and work with Veteransand their family members. I am passionate about advancing the field of art therapy and havepresented to colleagues, professionals, students, and facilitated parent/child workshops.Presentation topics have included: spirituality and creativity, digital photography, life skills, ‘art astherapy’ in the classroom, Art Therapy's role in managing risk, and Art Therapy for Veterans.