Creative Art Therapy
Drama and dance movement therapy are holistic, integrative approaches to healing that fall under the umbrella of Creative Art Therapy. Creative art therapists are highly trained at the graduate level and use their unique skills with clients of all ages and backgrounds. Within the therapeutic relationship, they engage with art, play and somatic interventions to support clients in moving beyond verbal communication to gain new pathways of insight and awareness towards their goals.
Dance Movement Therapy
Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT) is based on the knowledge that mind, body and spirit are interconnected. DMT therapists observe movement behaviours and draw awareness of how sensations, emotions and psychological experiences are revealed in our movement patterns. DMT supports the notion that expanding our way of moving can promote changes in how we think, feel and act, increasing our capacity to respond to life’s challenges. By tuning into the wisdom of our body and listening to what it has to say, we can begin to harmonize body and mind, moving into an integrated place of healing and growth.
Drama therapy is an experiential way of fostering expression, transformation and growth. It incorporates creative processes including storytelling, purposeful improvisation and role-playing to help clients gain new perspectives on their issues and primary life roles. With Drama Therapy, we can explore our interpersonal relationships and the roles we play, tell our stories, set goals, solve problems and express feelings in a way that engages the whole person. We are offered the chance to rehearse and act out the change we want to see in our lives.
DRAMA & DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY
Integrating movement and creativity into the healing process
Laurie Potter, MA, MFA, RCC
Creative Art Therapist,
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC),
Mental Health Counsellor
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”
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Who can benefit from Drama and Dance/Movement therapy?
This unique, therapeutic approach can be used in addressing a variety of challenges. I offer individual and group sessions to children, youth, adults and seniors from diverse backgrounds, abilities and LGBTQAI+ communities. Any person can benefit from the unique healing qualities of creative art therapy. Together, in an environment of acceptance, safety and confidentiality, we engage with movement and creativity to transform developmental, social and emotional challenges into opportunities for growth and wellness. No performance or technical standard is required.
Helping adults and seniors with:
Supporting children and youth:
Regulate their emotions
Manage and work through anxiety and depression
Develop resiliency and coping skills
Deal with school difficulties
Manage physical, developmental and intellectual challenges
Express themselves creatively and emotionally in an environment of safety
Depression and Anxiety
Grief and Loss
Early Emotional Wounds
Self-Image and Body Awareness
Self-Exploration and Expression
Developmental and Intellectual Challenges
Dementia and Alzehiemer's
“My main goal is to be present with you and guide you towards a place of healing. With a client-centered, attachment-based approach, I see therapeutic work as a collaboration, where you can feel empowered as an active partner in your process. I feel it is important to build upon your strengths, resources and resiliency from the get-go. In my experience as a body-centered, creative art therapist, I have noticed that significant healing and joy can come from tuning into the body and using it as an incredible resource for well-being. With this in mind, I acknowledge the vulnerability of somatic experience and draw from other creative and counselling approaches to support each client's comfort. I feel deeply that when we are offered a space in which to connect with our authentic way of moving and expressing, we are offered new patterns of resolution and hope."
Laurie Potter holds a Master's in Creative Arts Therapies from Concordia University, specializing in Drama Therapy, a graduate diploma in Dance/Movement Therapy from Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and a Master's of Fine Arts in Visual Anthropology from University Paris Nanterre. Laurie has an extensive background in dance and the arts and began her career working as a language teacher and early childhood arts educator in France, Germany and in Canada. In obtaining her MA in Creative Art Therapy, Laurie channelled her love of the arts into a healing tool to work with others. She has worked in clinical, school and community settings with several populations including: children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural and emotional challenges, adults with social, emotional and developmental difficulties, adults seeking guidance in life transitions, and geriatric clients with Parkinson's, dementia and Alzheimer's. She is a professional member of DMTAC (Dance/Movement Therapy Association in Canada) and AATQ (Quebec's Art Therapy Association).
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Please contact me by sending me an email at:
Please note in 2018 I relocated from Montreal to Williams Lake, B.C where I currently work as a Creative Arts Therapist and Mental Health Counsellor for the Tsilhqot'in National Government http://www.tsilhqotinhealth.ca/
I will also be accepting private practice clients in Spring/Summer 2019.