Veronica Hyatt is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She has a Fine Arts Degree and a graduate diploma in Art Therapy. She has more than 15 years experience working as an art therapist in a variety of settings and in private practice with children, youth and adults dealing with issues including eating disorders, substance abuse, family breakdown, cancer, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Art therapy integrates psychotherapy and the creative process. In a safe, supportive environment, a wide variety of art materials are used to express feelings and experiences. The process of making and discussing art helps the client to clearly see the context of a situation as well as the strengths that are brought to current challenges.
The language of art is distinct to each person and creates a landscape for exploration, discovery and moving towards desired change.Veronica's approach incorporates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic elements.
People ask if they need to be good at art to be able to benefit from art therapy. This is not the case. Sometimes clients are surprised by how they express themselves with the art materials. Art offers the opportunity to tell the story with images and symbols. Art can convey what words cannot.
I am honoured to witness the strength of the people I work with. They express their feelings with honesty, courage and creative resourcefulness.
"In my personal life I spend a lot of time with family and friends. I enjoy many kinds of visual art, gardening and, recently, learning about and working with bees"