"I am responsible for my own well-being, my own happiness. The choices and decisions I make regarding my life directly influence the quality of my days."

- Kathleen Andrus

Role of the Art Therapist

Group participation in the Art Therapy Taster Session in August 2018


Everything worth having in life takes work.


Role of the Art Therapist


  • To maintain a comfortable studio space

  • provide art materials

  • Support the clients' healing processes

  • Be a witness to the clients' healing journey and life stories 

  • To offer arts-based choices to the client, to interact with the client and the artmaking 

  • Offer client different ways of using the art materials

  • To provide a supportive healing environment that welcomes surprises and a deepening of the clients' creative experience

  • Refer the client to additional outside support (If applicable)

  • To provide confidentiality 


Art Therapy Approach and Client/Therapist Roles

Monica Gobourne provides individual and group art therapy services to clients across the life span.

I work from a person-centered, strengths-based, mindfulness approach to collaborate with clients to cultivate skills and resources, expand views of a situation, and help you to find ways to live the life you want.

She will explore your inner and outer experiences, relationships, images, and dreams and work toward your goals.

My role is to listen in a non-judgmental way, be a guide in the art making process, ask questions, and provide feedback. You are the expert on your life.

With the support of art therapy, you will have new opportunities to stretch yourself in new ways to live your life.

If your child or adolescent is in therapy with me, I work from the framework that the parent or primary caregiver is the primary healing agent for their young person. I will work closely with you and your child to implement relational and everyday living strategies to support your young person to work towards thriving in the home, school and the community.