Vanya HansonArt Therapist
Vanya Hanson is a professional art therapist who received her Masters level training from Concordia University in 2015. She is a member of the Canadian Art Therapist Association (CATA) and the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapist Association (CCPA). She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, always with the intention of pursuing training in art therapy. While preparing for her academic training, she engaged in work within clinical, educational, legal, and community arts-based settings. Vanya grew up surrounded by the arts and witnessed on a personal and systemic level how art has the universal potential to teach, communicate, heal, and change lives.
Vanya has been working in private practice supporting people of all ages on issues related to anxiety, depression, relationships, trauma, loss, and more. She provides a warm, empathetic, and creative approach with every client she meets. Her approach is adapted to each client’s needs and often draws from attachment, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, narrative and mindfulness-based interventions.
Vanya has much experience working with Indigenous peoples, particularly with practices that address trauma, collective healing, personal agency, and self- esteem building. She founded the Eastmain Art Hive, an open art studio, in the James Bay region of Northern Quebec.
More currently, Vanya has worked with the Saskatchewan Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain-Injured (SARBI). She has a background working with youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, ADHD and psychiatric disorders. No matter what the challenge or area of exploration, art can help us voice what words cannot, and it can help contain the most painful and joyful emotions. In art therapy the client and therapist work collaboratively with images, process and product as they progress toward the client’s therapeutic goals and personal growth.