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Art Psychotherapy is grounded in psychology theory, research, and professional clinical practices. It's a lot like traditional talk therapy except that we look to art-making as a powerful form of expression and path to healing. No artistic talent or skills are necessary - just a willingness to explore. 


Art materials can be expensive and intimidating,  so we'll work together to find a type of art-making that makes sense for you and your therapeutic goals. 


Cynthia Gardner


Art Psychotherapist, APD, BA

Expressive Therapies Continuum Practitioner

Professional Member of  the Canadian Art Therapy Association 

Online booking opens Fall 2023

My online art therapy practice supports individuals wanting to improve their mental health.


You'll explore different forms of art-making designed to generate personal insight and healthier ways of coping with life's problems. An arts-based approach can also complement existing therapeutic goals.

Attachment (Bowlby, Proulx) and the person-centered work of Carl Rogers are key theoretical influences. I am also certified in the use of the Expressive Therapies Continuum (Lisa Hinz).

Professional Education & Experience

  • Art Psychotherapy Diploma (APD), the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy

  • Trained Expressive Therapy Continuum Practitioner (Lisa Hinz, 2021)

  • Bachelor of Arts, York University

  • Nurturing creative problem-solving skills for kids as a team coach, adjudicator & volunteer for Destination Imagination

  • A career in corporate communications and creative writing, with additional training and experience as a journalist

​​Areas of Expertise



Caregiver Fatigue

Digital Health & Wellness (Individual & Family)


Eating Disorders

Expressive Writing & Art Therapy



Stress & Burnout


Women's Issues


Art-Based Education & Experience

  • Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) courses in watercolor and landscape painting

  • Art piece titled “Feelings Circus” exhibited at the Station Gallery in Whitby, Ontario (Dec 22 – Jan 23)

  • Wheel and hand-building pottery instruction at the Haliburton School of Art and Design &  from ceramic artist Maria (Guida) Pirita

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