Hi! I’m Heather Caruso, an Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), of Art Therapy Guelph. I'm a Mom of two boys and fur babies, an author and a healer. I love travelling. I am humble, warm, down-to-earth, funny, straightforward forward and I occasionally swear. I love love love art. I love making, looking, and talking about art. Always have. I am delighted to be able to share my gifts. I am over the moon that I get to do what I love each day.
In private practice, I help people's mental and emotional wellbeing using artmaking. Typically, clients who seek my help want to process a negative situation or have some stress, anxiety, depression, thoughts and worry they want to work through.
A good majority of my client base has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and other forms and anxiety, trauma, depression and stress. However, I don't believe a person is limited by their diagnostic label or medical diagnosis. We see each person as an individual with life experiences and inherent nature.
Our work together will provide tools for processing your lived experiences and reframing your negative and anxious thought patterns. I respect each person's individuality and values. We help you to step into your authentic self and live life according to your values. I bring forward things that may challenge your current thoughts or actions that don't serve your value system or goals.
My ideal client is a person who is open to express themselves using art. They lean into deeper self-exploration and learning. My clients are intelligent, perceptive and proactive. They sometimes have had experiences that totally suck. Unfortunately, life throws a few curveballs and is not always rainbows and lollipops. I provide a safe and comforting place for my clients to share their experiences and express themselves through art.
If you participate in art therapy, sometimes you will make art that looks awful. I want you to know, we all do. It's okay. In art therapy, the art you create is simply for emotional expression and not the end product. If you like making art and doing crafty things, you will love art therapy.
I graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a degree in Art History and Studio Art. I am a graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and a professional art therapist. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and a member of the CRPO, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a member of the OATA and CATA, the Ontario and Canadian Art Therapy Association. I have been trained in cognitive behavioural therapy CBT and trauma counselling.
I am jazzed up to serve people who want to embrace their journey towards well-being through art. I am blessed!