​HeartSpace Art Therapy and Expressive Arts 

I was drawn to study Art Therapy as a result of personal and professional experiences. I worked for a number of years as an adult educator. In this work, I learned about the impacts of trauma on one's whole self, including one's ability to learn, particularly in academic settings. I began to integrate music and art making into learning activities as a way to address some of these impacts, and began to train in Expressive Arts.

Making art and music also helped me on my own pathway to whole-hearted wellness. Along the way, I reconnected with spirit - with myself, with others, and with something greater. I value and make space for these connections in my life and work. I continue to participate in Art Therapy and other psychotherapy training and enjoy creating art and music in the company of others. 

Professional Preparation 

I completed a Spiritually Informed Post-Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy and am currently upgrading the certificate to a Master in Psychotherapy and Spirituality (St. Stephen's College, Edmonton) I  am a Certified Hakomi Therapist (Hakomi Institute).

Other training includes:

  • Counsellng Women Certificate (Athabasca University)
  • Grief Support (Taking Flight International)
  • Open Studio Process (Open Studio Project)
  • ​Somatic Experiencing (Advanced Level I) 

My PhD is in education (University of Alberta).​

Professional Memberships and Activities 

  • Canadian Art Therapy Association. (CATA) Professional Membership #2178
  • Hakomi Institute
  • Somatic Experiencing Institute
  • Education Chair, CATA
  • Member, Master in Psychotherapy and Spirituality program committee, St. Stephen's College  

I have applied for Registration with CATA and I receive regular supervision with Registered Art Therapists.


  About Mary Norton