Located in mid-town Toronto, in Davisville Village, Picasso's Garage has inspired creative expression in children since 2005. Originally offering Instructional art programs with projects inspired by artists, in 2017 Picasso's Garage expanded its services to include art-based Psychotherapy. Professional Art therapist Claire Nicholls continues to utilize a myriad of materials and techniques, including watercolour, pastel, printmaking, sculpture but now projects are designed with mental health in mind.
Due to 2020 Pandemic restrictions making it difficult to accommodate multiple students in a small space, I have shifted my studio practice away from group work to focus exclusively on providing Individual Art Therapy. As an art therapist, I work primarily on children and youth experiencing challenges related to parental separation or divorce, childhood witnesses of intimate partner violence, various forms of anxiety, and depression.
“Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.” (CATA).
Art therapy for children & youth of families in transition, separted or divorced & experiencing challenges
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Art Therapy - Individual Session $120
50 min. session | sliding scale available
Many insurance plans now cover Registered Psychotherapists, check your policy to find out.
studio therapy hours
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
15 min. introduction zoom/Cel
I'd be happy to briefly discuss your situation, answer any questions and share my approach to determine if we'd make a good fit. (Please note, this is not a therapeutic session and is free of charge)
Claire Nicholls | Art therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), artist & studio owner.
My background includes commercial art, fine art and psychotherapy. Classically trained in Graphic Design with a Bachelors's degree from OCAD U. In 2015, I returned to school to become an Art Psychotherapist. In 2018, I completed the clinical requirements and produced a thesis to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from TATI. My thesis, which focused on improving resiliency in Children of Divorce, resulted in an Art Therapy prevention protocol and program that is now available to students K-12 in the TDSB. I also work as an Art Therapist at Youthdale Treatment Centre with youth experiencing complex trauma and suicidal ideation. Prior to and during Grad school, I provided instructional art lessons to creative kids in my Garage Studio. Picasso's Garage Studio was founded in 2005 and has inspired creativity in over 600 students.