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Jennifer Wiley-Vallerand

Jennifer Wiley-Vallerand is a professional art therapist experienced in the school setting, with children and youth populations and with a diverse clientele. Jennifer obtained her master's degree in art therapy from the University of Concordia. She has previously many years of experience working with a neurodiverse clientele in private and school settings. Jennifer follows a client-focused approach supporting individuals to find their strengths and move towards meaningful change and healing. Now Jennifer is combining her experience and education to offer Art therapy with a focus on: 

  • Verbal and nonverbal methods of expressing and exploring emotions.

  • Assisting the client to develop a deeper understanding of themselves through creative exploration of their experiences. 

  • Supporting a systematic exploration of the client's sensory experiences, encouraging an understanding of their physical and emotional balance through exploring art materials and creative processes.

  • Supporting the client's ability to see new perspectives and find new ways to resolve problems, leading to renewed wellness. 

  • Encouraging the client to reach a balance between experiencing the present moment and dealing with their worries and concerns.

FOCUSES

  • Depression

  • Self-harm

  • Anxiety (social, performance, generalized)

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Special Needs (autism spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability)

  • LGBTQ+ and other diverse community needs

Education

  • MA in Creative Arts Therapy - Art therapy focus from Concordia University (2022)

  • BA Double major in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Alberta (2019)

  • Honour's paper at the University of Saskatchewan (2010)

Certifications and Trainings

  • Professional Member of the Art Therapy Association of Quebec (AATQ)

  • Non-certified Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

  • Applied Behavioural Analysis Training

  • TEACCH Training: Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped Children

  • Carolina Curriculum Training

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