ABOUT THE PRACTICE
REGISTERED ART THERAPIST, COUNSELLOR
Newland Art Therapy is owned and operated by Sarah Newland.
Sarah attained a Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2012 and is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist (R-CAT). Prior to her work in mental health, Sarah obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of the Fraser Valley, where her focuses of study were psychology and visual arts. Between degrees, Sarah took a year off to volunteer overseas in various countries, partnering with local humanitarian, social justice, and social service organizations. During this time, her passions for building community and seeing people flourish were deepend. These experiences also served as the foundation for her commitment to an intersectional feminist lens that she strives to hold in her work and life. Sarah find it vital to her work as a therapist to strive towards an anti-oppressive approach in her work. As a cis-gendered white descendant of colonizers, she feels she will always be engaged in the work of un-learning and re-learning about race, gender, colonization, and other systems that we interact with in our daily lives.
Art has been a part of Sarah's life since childhood, and she truly believes in the restorative and enriching power of art as a tool in therapy. Art therapy is for anyone at every stage in life, and it's versatility is something that continues to inspire and motivate Sarah to bring it into new environments with new people.
In her down time Sarah loves to create – both in the form of art and baking, learn about and explore the world, and spend time with her family.
ABOUT ART THERAPISTS
WHERE MENTAL HEALTH AND CREATIVITY MEET
Art therapists are trained mental health professionals, and are educated in a combination of psychotherapy and art. This foundation allows art therapists to facilitate self-expression, exploration, and connection by utilizing the creative therapeutic process. Colour, shape, texture, imagery, and symbolism are all used to aid in expressing thoughts, feelings, and experiences that may be difficult to adequately articulate in words alone. Art therapists work in a variety of environments, with a wide range of clients, and provide diverse services to meet each client's particular needs.