Art Therapy: combining professional psychotherapy with the creative process.

Andrea Charendoff

Andrea Charendoff, RP, DTATI, BA, BSc.

I entered the field of art therapy in mid-life, motivated by a strong passion to promote healing through art. As a long-time professional artist, I am keenly aware of the potential for self-expression during the creative process. Over the course of my life, I have also come to understand the healing nature of art-making, and the powerful ways in which it can ease emotional pain, relieve stress, reveal otherwise hidden information about one's true personality, and provide a sense of well-being and joy.

I am a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I obtained a masters's-level diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute in Toronto, Ontario. I am an insured, professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association, and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists.

I completed a pilot study for my thesis (2012) on the use of art therapy with adults who have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), entitled “How Do Adults with ADHD Experience the Creative Process in Art Therapy?” I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1985, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University in 1981.

I have experience working with people of all ages: young adults with eating disorders; adults with substance abuse/addiction issues; adults with ADHD; children with severe emotional issues, psychological disorders and behavioral problems (including ADHD); and elderly people with varying levels of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and depression.

As a professional artist, I have exhibited at national and regional art shows since 1998.