Petrea Hansen-Adamidis BA, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Registered Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist 

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Hello and welcome!  I’m Petrea, the creator of Art, Drawing the Self Out, a website with resources for connecting with your inner muse and self through art. I am an avid nature nut, meditation maker and story weaver. My journey as an art therapist began over 23 years ago when I first came across the field of Art Therapy.  My love of using art to help others has continued to flourish since. For the past 21 years my work as an art therapist has grown to include the other expressive arts, a natural transition when working with children and engaging the inner child of adults.

Of course my love for the arts and its use in self-expression began even earlier than that.

I have had the honor of witnessing the journeys of  many parents and children as well.  I have enjoyed this immensely, and you can find some of my offerings at my sister site, where you will find expressive arts resources for parents and children.

I studied to be an Art Therapist at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute and currently am faculty there.  I then went on to work in various clinical settings helping others find solace in their creative expression.  If you are interested more in my work experience please feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile.  I am a Registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art therapy Association.  You can find me listed in their online directory.

As an Art Therapist for more than 20 years, I have been working in children’s mental health with children and adults. I am passionate about connecting people with their creativity and inner strengths through the expressive arts. I believe deeply that we all have the tools within us to live a happy and fulfilled life no matter what our past experiences or present challenges. Puppet making, therapeutic stories and guided meditations are some of the many tools I use to help guide others toward their inner wisdom.

My grandmother, whom I was named after, was a well-respected, story-teller where she lived in Denmark. Funny enough it wasn’t until after I began using therapeutic stories and puppets in my work with others that I discovered this. I believe this love of stories and their power was somehow passed down to me through my father who when I was young, could always be found animating my stuffed toys or making up silly songs. I’m sure he learned a lot from my grandmother.


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I love to write about creative expression, connection and  the expressive arts.  If you would like me to write a guest post for your blog let me know.  I am also open to being interviewed so feel free to contact me at petrea (at) arttherapist (dot) ca

Musefully yours,