Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA, RCAT

Patricia obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016 and graduated as an art therapist from the B.C. School of Art Therapy in 2011. She became a registered social worker in 2002, trained as a play therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy and completed a Certificate in Visual Arts in 2007. Patricia’s undergraduate degree is a BA in psychology (1981) from the University of Alberta.

Patricia has worked in a variety of settings with diverse populations over the past twenty years, nationally and internationally. She has provided services within the school system, in private and community agencies, and in her private practice, “Heartwork Integrated Art Therapy Services.” In addition to her direct work with clients, Patricia also enjoys teaching art therapy. She has a special interest in attachment and the inherent suitability of Art Therapy for treating attachment-based issues. The therapeutic value of mindfulness and self-compassion are also current areas of focus, especially in terms of how they can be integrated into the Art Therapy process. Patricia is a qualified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), receiving her training from Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer who developed MSC. In May 2018 Patricia published an article in the Canadian Art Therapy Journal where she outlined her model called “ONEBird,” which integrates mindfulness, self-compassion and art therapy.

Patricia is committed to professional and personal development and regularly attends conferences, workshops and training sessions on a wide range of mental health topics. Her interests include: communication; conflict resolution; play therapy; trauma; relationship; children and divorce; suicide intervention; Art Therapy; attachment; neurobiology; self-compassion and eating disorders.

Patricia presented at the Canadian Art Therapy Conference in 2016 on the topic of cultivating compassion for the earth. She identifies as a Metis woman and her work as a contemporary fused glass artist also reflects her deep love of the natural world, which is a central value of her cultural heritage.