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Christine Parton

Christine Parton

My training and years of experience:
Kutenai Art Therapy Institute - 2 year post-grad diploma
5 years running private practice in rural BC (kids, teens and adults)
2 years as Family Art Therapist for Community Services agency.

My style, focus and what I offer to clients:
Client-led, relational, and trauma-informed art therapy
Also informed by: developmental psychology, attachment theory, Jungian
psychology, family systems theory, play therapy (for all ages!),
narrative therapy and somatic approaches to integrating healing.

I also use an Earth-centered and decolonizing approach, helping clients
to find their centre, voice and source of internal power. Using creative
and nature-based practices, including the metaphors expressed in the
natural world, I hold a safe container for clients to explore their
stories, re-write/release/grieve/honour them as necessary, and establish
trust in themselves and their growth/healing process. I can provide more
or less direction and guidance as the client deems necessary. Building a
safe and trusting therapeutic relationship is the first step :)

Particular areas of interest/focus: Griefwork, "shadow" work, dreamwork,
natural materials/working with the elements/outdoor sessions, using
storytelling (in particular myth and fairytales) to gain understanding
and build resilience.

In-person? Zoom? Phone? Text?:
In-person for youth under 16 and teens/adults as desired,
Zoom with phone/email communication between sessions.

If sessions are in-person, the geographic area I serve:
Kaslo, BC, with possibility of travel within West Kootenays

I will provide service at - No Cost? Low Cost?:
I commit to REACH OUT's request of one free client/year or 10 free sessions/year and beyond that, $20-40, trades welcome too.

How to book with me:

firesidearttherapy on Instagram,
Fireside Art Therapy on FB

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