Jacqueline Gautier

Jacqueline Gautier & Associates Counselling
Professional Counselling, Consultation and Educational Clinic

Expressive Arts Therapy

Jacqueline GautierJacqueline Gautier, M.A., R.C.C., E.X.A., S.E.P. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia and has a Masters of Counselling Psychology degree with an Expressive Arts designation (E.X.A.) from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).

Expressive Arts Therapy is a multi-arts approach to psychotherapy that often incorporates verbal counselling. The expressive arts encompass a wide variety of modalities including art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, dance, storytelling, play therapy, psychodrama and sandplay.
In treatment expressive arts are used to:

  • Discover aspects of the authentic self
  • Express personal and family stories
  • Tap into our intuition
  • Increase personal awareness
  • Deepen connection with others
  • Change undesirable patterns
  • Set achievable goals
  • Increase self-confidence

Our imagination expresses itself in an intermodal manner. It is in a fundamental human capacity to experience a multiplicity of sensory forms and create meaning from them.

My approach to using the expressive arts is to facilitate the exploration of your material and issues that might be difficult to convey through words alone. The expressive arts are a very deep and direct vehicle to tapping into your inner wisdom. It is said that the arts are the language of the soul.

In a typical expressive arts session, I initially help you to define the motives that have led you to participate in the therapy. My role as an expressive arts therapist is to act as a guide, creating the safe space and providing supplies for art-making to occur. We may use one or several art forms; often the combining of art forms opens pathways to activate understanding and deep levels of healing. Essentially I then help you to let yourself go.

After the art-making has occurred, I invite you to speak about the experience. Rather than providing you with my interpretations, I believe you are the authority of your own experience, and therefore it is important that you make your own meaning and discoveries of the art. It is my honor to witness your process and provide the space for healing to occur. The very act of spontaneous creating is healing in itself as it often evokes forgotten memories, repressed emotions and releases energy.