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Heather Dawson

Heather Dawson


Heather Dawson has been an art-maker, a therapist, a group leader and an explorer of the uniqueness and the mystery of human beings for over thirty years.  She trained as an art therapist, a body centred psychotherapist (the Hakomi Method). She has a Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts Therapy education.  Her teachers are among the pioneers in each of these fields.

Heather has led the studio-based course at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, and has been in private practice since 1994.  She is an instructor at St. Stephen’s College, at the University of Alberta, and the Director of the Vancouver Expressive Arts training program in expressive arts therapy.  Heather continues to facilitate individual and group supervision for graduate therapists working in agencies throughout the lower mainland, the Northwest Territories, and across Canada. She has also travelled throughout Canada, and to Europe and Ireland as a workshop facilitator.

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