We are honoured to have Kelly Gauthier at the Hartman on December 13th for this dynamic
Art Therapy Workshop
designed for adults around the holidays.
"To help others see the barriers
they have created that prohibit them from reaching
their full potential and personal goals".
WHO IS KELLY GAUTHIER?
Kelly Gauthier grew up in a family of renowned artists and creative individuals. At an early age she came to understand the essence of art, its amazing potential, and the ability to heal that lay beneath it.
Although Kelly was an out going child with a real spirit and enthusiasm for life, she experienced great difficulty when it came to expressing her emotions. Kelly's father had a love for photography and wanting to share this with his daughter, he surprised her with a camera on her 10th birthday. Without intention, Kelly's father had provided her with the key to unlocking her emotions. The camera quickly became her means of expression.
With a passion for photography and an innate desire to help others, Kelly went on to obtain an Honors B.F.A. in Still Photography and an Honors Diploma in Art Therapy.
Prior to obtaining her Diploma in Art Therapy, Kelly owned and operated CAMP CAMERA, a photography camp for children. It was this experience that led Kelly to further her education and combine her passion for photography and desire to help others into a now successful Art & Photo Therapy Practice.
Kelly has spent the better part of 20 years working with clients in child care facilities, schools, multidisciplinary centres, and hospitals. She specializes in PhotoTherapy and has perfected the use of Projected Imagery in therapy. Kelly works extensively with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced abuse and trauma, and has helped many recognize the gifts they possess and the potential life holds for them.
WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
" Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of art making as the tool for identifying the areas of a person’s life that are most in need of attention. Because art is an innate process that we are all born with, it serves as the most natural way for one to express their emotions. As a result, the release of these emotions directly reduces stress, anger and anxiety, and increases self-esteem and personal awareness.
Photo therapy is a powerful therapeutic process that uses photographs as a tool for revealing important details about our lives that we have chosen to dismiss or keep hidden. It is only when we take the time to acknowledge these details that the healing process can begin. However, going back and reliving these experiences is next to impossible. This is where photo therapy, and its use of photographs, does what no other therapy can do."
- Kelly Gauthier