Audrey-Anne Frenette, ATPQ, M.A
Master's degree in art therapy
Bachelor's degree in psychologdy
Individual art therapy
Audrey-Anne holds a master's degree in art therapy from Concordia University in Montreal and is a member of the Quebec Art Therapy Association since 2019. Throughout her academic path, she has been interested in the place of our emotions in our lives and the importance of becoming more aware of them to promote our well-being. Her training was completed in the psychodynamic and existential humanistic approach. Audrey-Anne has completed a master's project on the development and importance of emotional competences during childhood and the use of art therapy as an approach to develop them in a positive way.
Audrey-Anne has experience working with adults as well as with children and adolescents. She practices art therapy using a non-directive, client-centered approach. She works with individuals experiencing various emotional and relational difficulties, including those related to self-esteem, stress and anxiety. She also works to accompany and support individuals who have a family member living with a mental health issue.
Having studied in both French and English and having developed a bilingual practice over the past few years, Audrey-Anne offers her services in French and English.
Art therapy is a therapeutic approach that uses artistic materials, the creative process, images and dialogue to promote self-expression, self-exploration and self-awareness. Through both images and words, art therapy seeks to encourage the expression of thoughts and emotions that may be unconscious or too difficult to express verbally. The art therapist is the trained and accredited professional (Professional Art Therapist in Quebec - ATPQ) who facilitates this process in an ethical manner and in a safe environment. The role of the art therapist is to accompany the individual in his or her personal process in order to help him or her translate his or her creative language into avenues of reflection and personal awareness, thus facilitating positive change.
No particular artistic talent, skill or technique is required to fully benefit from art therapy. The creative process and the work produced are considered more for their therapeutic significance than for their aesthetic value. Art therapy is suitable for all individuals and addresses people with various needs, difficulties or concerns.
What to expect
During the first few art therapy sessions, the client will be able to discuss his or her concerns, needs and goals with the art therapist while creating art, whether through drawing, painting and/or sculpture. The art therapist will then make suggestions to the client regarding themes to explore and materials to use, and will invite the client to express himself/herself with respect to some of the elements he/she has created, allowing a personal meaning to be revealed. The client's creations will allow for the joint development of an art therapy intervention plan that meets the client's needs.
At IMAVI, our art therapist offers regular follow-up as well as complementary one-time sessions on the following themes :
• connection to oneself
• life transitions
• relationship difficulties
• body image
• and many others