About Vati

Gretchen Ladd

Gretchen Ladd


I came to art therapy from a fine arts and psychology background. Long before I heard about the profession of art therapy, I spent many years facilitating art programs in healthcare and community settings. While a student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, I developed a community arts project on the palliative care unit at St. Paul’s Hospital.  Through my work with patients and families I was inspired to learn more about using creative expression for personal growth and healing. This led me to study art therapy at VATI, which opened the door to new ideas and ways of working with people through the visual arts.

Since 2001, I have worked with Callanish Society; a non-profit organization that runs support programs and week-long retreats for people living with cancer.  As part of the Callanish team, I offer art therapy for groups, families and individuals. I also have a private practice, specializing in working with children and families who have experienced loss.

I have had the pleasure of teaching in the full time program at VATI since 2006. I have also taught art therapy in Nepal and continue to provide consultation for the Nepal House Society counseling team. I am a clinical supervisor for art therapists in the field and consultant to professionals seeking ways to integrate creative process into their work.

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