Ellen Smallwood

I’m a registered art therapist and counsellor (M.A, Art Therapy, ATR, ATPQ) and I work with children, adolescents and adults. I take a client-centered approach to art therapy; combining attachment and trauma-informed practices with humanistic, mindfulness-based, symbolic processes and sensorimotor art therapy. I meet people where they are at, and use the art-making process as a way to regulate stress, foster self-compassion/ connection, and to encourage curiosity as people explore their personal narrative and a variety of challenges.

I work in private practice at Resilience Clinic and Connecte Psychology, and have worked in diverse settings such as the Jewish General Hospital (in youth service and child psychiatry), and at the English Montreal School Board (Willingdon Schools). I am also a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University (teaching research in art therapy) and the on-site art therapy supervisor at the Centre for the Arts in Human Development at Concordia.

My work is informed by my commitment and participation in social justice communities and disability advocacy, and I offer an affirming and supportive space to 2SLGBTQIA+ folks, recognizing the negative impact that systemic discrimination has on mental health for BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and folks with disabilities. This has translated to my passion for research, and my study exploring the psychosocial dimension of epilepsy with art therapy was published in the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am pleased to be a collaborator in a participatory action research project for asylum-seeking families with the McGill Faculty of Medicine led by Dr. Rachel Kronick.

I remain passionate about art therapy as a modality to address stress and foster connections to self and communities; and I look forward to hearing from you to consult how I could possibly offer support on your healing journey. I offer a mix of in-person sessions (limited availability) or online sessions, and I have a reserved number of sliding scale spots available. I can give official receipts under naturopathy which some insurance companies may accept.

Please get in touch by email (ellenarttherapy@gmail.com, www.ellenarttherapy.com) and we can schedule a complimentary consultation via video or phone.