Connect with your own unique creative capacity and learn about ways to move through life with the arts by your side as an unwavering companion.
Expressive Arts Therapy
Expressive arts therapy offers an approach to working through trauma, and struggle by using the arts as a way of discovering meaning and nurturing creative capacity. Of course, each individual is unique and depending on what one’s life experience has been, there will be varying degrees of difficulty. Together we work to find accessible ways to engage in art, developing processes that can help one to move through heavy and overwhelming emotions. For this to be effective it is critical that the therapist and client first develop a relational foundation.
Expressive Painting Workshops
Expressive painting is orientated around process over product. I will guide you through a painting exercise where we explore the power of letting creativity flow freely onto the canvas without the limitation of cognitive thoughts or expectations.
Individual painting sessions are also available for anyone who is wanting to expand their creative process.
My name is Norah Mooney; I am an artist, and expressive arts therapist. For the last ten years I have been living in a remote town commonly known today as Sioux Lookout.
I am the youngest of six children and a mother of one. From an early age I began using my own artistic process to help myself navigate the joys and challenges of life.
I have a diploma from CREATE institute – a centre for expressive arts therapy. As well as a baccalaureate of arts degree from the University of Guelph. Before studying expressive arts therapy, I worked for seven seasons in emergency response, four of which I worked as a forest fire ranger.
Thus far in my career I have experience working with LGBTQ+ folks, youth, families, Indigenous communities, people using substances as a coping mechanism, and many people who have experienced marginalization.
As a white cis-gendered woman I feel it is imperative that I continue to deepen my understanding on the ways these parts of my identity have influenced my life, and how to hold myself accountable. As a settler on this land I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to seek education and training to further my understanding of what it means to be a treaty person. As well as how best to employ practises that are trauma informed, and culturally appropriate. I strive to live and work in a way that is aligned with truth and reconciliation .