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Why I Write A Blog

Hi! I’m Rubi. If this is your first time visiting the Resourceful Me Art Therapy blog, welcome! I’m so happy you’ve landed here. Whether we know each other well or we’re just connecting now, I consider it an honour to have you as a reader.

In this first month of the new year, I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about who I am, why I write these posts, and my hopes for this space moving forward.  

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This is a photo of me in my happy place, enjoying my morning coffee while camping.

In terms of my professional title and qualifications, I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Canadian Art Therapist. (If you’re curious about what that means, here’s a past post about therapist qualifications and post-nominal letters.

I live and work in Southern Ontario, Canada. My private practice is called Resourceful Me Art Therapy, and my physical office is located in the beautiful rural town of Fergus, beside the Grand River. 

The Grand River in Fergus Ontario Canada
The view of the Grand River from outside my office in Fergus, Ontario.
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Here is a peek inside the art room at my office!

In my private practice I support children and their families to creatively overcome difficulties. I do this by offering individual art therapy sessions for kids, alongside consultation and support for caregivers. 

I work with families facing all kinds of challenges. Two of the most common areas where I offer support are helping my clients to discover their power over worries (anxiety), and working with my clients to understand and navigate big feelings (emotion regulation).

art supplies and flag that says "anxiety is not the boss of me!"
I love helping clients to discover their power over anxiety.
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I also love helping little clients to navigate big feelings!

Art therapy is a process-based therapy. It’s a great fit for kids, because instead of relying on language-based cognitive processes to reflect on and analyze past experiences, we can use art and play to actively work towards our goals together in the present moment.

Each art therapy session is an opportunity to discover our resourcefulness, which is our innate ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties. I believe that we ALL have this ability. 

Therapy doesn’t make our challenges disappear. Instead, it supports us to build competence and confidence, resulting in a deep and authentic knowledge that we have what it takes to face challenges. 

My approach to art therapy is inspired by my inner child. I still love doing the same things that I loved as a kid. These include playing outside, reading picture books, collecting plastic animals, taking nature walks, playing with puppets, creating crafts out of found objects, and visiting the public library. So, in addition to traditional art materials, I also LOVE incorporating nature objects, toys (especially plastic animals), puppets, children’s books, and recycled materials into my therapy sessions.

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Little kid “me” playing outside

I honestly feel like I have the coolest job in the world. I love how I am constantly learning through professional development, but also through each encounter with my clients. I love finding new ways to use art and play to share ideas and make connections. I love problem solving with families. I love being in a role where I can look out for tiny shifts or glimmers of resistance that eventually lead to big positive changes. I love witnessing those moments where a client, without even realizing it, does something that may have felt impossible when we first met. 

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Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

I want the world to know about the resiliency, courage, determination, and resourcefulness uncovered through art therapy. I want to share the gifts it can offer for both clients and therapists.  

However, due to many contributing factors, therapy is something that we are just starting to talk about. Stigma around therapy and mental health still very much exists. Writing a blog is one way I hope to change that. 

Why do I write a blog? 

I love sharing about my work as an art therapist, and blog posts allow me to do that. I write these posts with three goals in mind:

1 – Demystify and Destigmatize Art Therapy 

I see this as one small way that I can help to destigmatize therapy and mental health. By sharing information about art therapy and how it works, I can take some mystery out of the process. I hope that this makes art therapy feel more approachable. I hope it helps families know what to expect, which may make accessing services feel a little less scary or overwhelming. I hope that my posts offer a taste of what it might be like to work with me, and in general what it might be like to try art therapy.

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I hope my posts offer a taste of what it might be like to work with me.

2 – Share Art Therapy Resources With a Wider Audience 

Beyond that, I see the blog as an opportunity to share insights from my work with a wider audience, including those who may not be able to access individual art therapy. Sharing information and resources can be an act of social justice, especially since information around mental health and psychology has previously been contained within academia. 

While blog posts and resources are absolutely NOT a replacement for therapy with a licensed mental health professional, I do think that some of the things I bring to my work as an art therapist can be helpful for all families in building healthy communication and connection. So if I can share some of that with you, I feel like it will help us all to grow and create together as a community. ⁠

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3 – Inspire You to Creatively Connect with Yourself and Your Kids 

When I share ideas, activities, or suggestions, my hope is to encourage you that it’s not difficult or unattainable to use creativity to support your mental health, and to strengthen your relationships with yourself and your little ones.

You can do it, wherever you are right now, with whatever you have on hand. That’s the power of your resourcefulness! 

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Photo by Humphrey Muleba

So what can you expect from the blog moving forward? 

I intend to continue sharing new blog posts regularly. Some posts will have more of a psychoeducational focus, with information about a specific area of children’s mental health and ideas for how caring adults can support children in that area. Other posts will focus on an art activity to try at home with your kiddos, and will include discussion questions and/ or a free printable. 

If you want to join me on this blog journey, sign up for my email list! When something new is ready for you, I’ll send a direct link straight to your inbox. 

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Never miss a new blog post… sign up for my email list!

Thanks again for reading. I’m so excited for what we will create together this year. 

Rubi Garyfalakis, DTATI, RP, RCAT

P.S. Did you know that there are already over 30 blog posts available? Here’s a recap of all posts by category, in case you missed one that sparks your interest: 

About Resourceful Me Art Therapy: 

A Pocket Knife For Life: The Story of Our Logo

12 Reasons Why the Recycling Bin is my Favourite Source of Inspiration

What Does Camping Have to Do With Art Therapy? 

Video Interview: Healthy Living with Laura

About Art Therapy in General:

In Search of an Art Therapist: Referrals, Recommendations, and the Wild West of the Internet

In Search of an Art Therapist: What Do All These Letters Mean?!

In Search of an Art Therapist: Finding the Right Fit

How does Art Therapy Work? Part 1: Process

How does Art Therapy Work? Part 2: Product 

That Sounds like Lots of Fun, but is it Really Therapy? 


Art Therapy for Children with Autism: Connecting Through Creativity to Build Resiliency

Befriending Anxiety: My Inner Stress Bunny

September 2020: 5 Parenting Tips for Navigating Uncertainty 

Story Time Magic: 3 Ways Picture Books Can Connect Us With Our Kids

The Magic of Parenting with Puppets

COVID-19 Re-entry Overwhelm: Making Sense of Our Experiences

Activity Ideas: 

Mindfulness Photo Walk: One Simple Way to Support your Child’s Physical and Mental Well-being

Feeling Crabby? I Suggest Yelling and Throwing Things!

Scribble Drawing Game

Let’s Make a Feelings Chart

Let’s Make a Home for a Plastic Animal

Let’s Make a Superhero Mask

Let’s Make a Self-Isolation Memory Book

Let’s Make a Bug Collection 

Let’s Go For a Rainbow Walk

Self-Portrait with Removable Face Mask

Ideas for Outdoor Process-Based Creativity

Coping Skills for School: A Zine 

Let’s Make a Feelings Volcano

2020 Reflections: A Home for Our Feelings & Memories 

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