My journey in becoming an Art Therapist started at a young age when I turned to art to express myself and capture what was important to me in my world. In the process as I grew older, I built my skill which fueled the interest in continuing this as an outlet, and also started to provide positive verbal recognition from teachers and peers. (As a side note any of those new to Art Therapy, please note skill is not necessary to achieve the benefits of Art Therapy, I am mentioning this as a precursor to how I found my way to art therapy.)
As I moved through into high school, I was able to feel and see the power of using art in art classes as a means of expressing an array of emotions including painful ones. A key drawing that is hanging in my home comes to mind that depicts part of my journey with pain and spiritual growth. This is a pivotal part in what I believe led me to pursue art and try to deeper understand how art could provide deep healing.
Following high school I began my journey at York University Visual Arts program, where I delved more into using various forms of art to create and give expression to experiences. In second year, I pursued an introductory to Psychology course and realized for the first time much of what I was experiencing internally was explained and understood in this field, and I felt less alone in my experiences. I could not get enough of some of the concepts taught, and knew intuitively I needed to pursue this in addition to Visual Arts. Thus I embarked on completing a double major which worked out well in my experience, as I found York to have a strong interdisciplinary approach. As I neared my final year of my undergraduate degree, I came upon Art Therapy. And I realized my ability to trust my intuition two years prior, had set me on the trajectory that I knew I needed to do, but did not have all the pieces to understand why or how it would all come together.
Following graduation, I took two years travelling and working abroad, as I wanted to be certain that Art Therapy was the path I was destined to follow. My experiences showed me again and again, the healing power of creativity, and my continued interest to understand more about the field of psychology and how I could help others. I continued to have more certainty and more clarity about my path, and when I started my master’s level studies in Art Therapy, I knew I had found the very place I needed to be. As therapists we are strongly encouraged to do our own therapy journey, and I embarked on mine that included working with Art Therapists and Therapists trained in other modalities.
On a whole, I became an Art Therapist from my own healing journey and connection to art. I trusted my intuition which brought me to the very path I needed to be. Once I had found the path art therapy spoke to me on a deep level, and I knew from my own lived experience of seeing the power of art I could continue to heal myself and provide the healing space for others.
If you need additional support reach out to me, I am Nicole Levy, and I am here as your helping hand, let’s get started, book your complimentary initial consult today https://www.mindfulhealingjourney.ca/#/
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.