by Erica Gosselin
In the art world, we are taught to look at things differently, from new perspectives, and to have fresh ideas. Art therapy is a part of that world; you cannot separate art from therapy, art itself is therapeutic and always will be. I am an artist, and I am a therapist; I am an Artist Therapist. In this thesis, I explore my personal journey of discovery; I recognize how to balance both sides of my identity and how to use them to effectively co-create with an eight-year-old girl named Violet. Using a narrative approach to research, I wrote a story in order to recreate the essence, dialogue and creative interactions that occurred throughout the therapy. Our story shows my growth; it shows the impact of a strong therapeutic relationship, and it shows the strength that emerges from being an artist and a therapist.