Welcome to Express Yourself

Experienced art therapist, school counsellor and consultant, Darci Adam MA, MEd, RCAT, CCC, REAT offers individual therapy sessions for children, youth and adults; ongoing groups; workshops and special events; as well as professional development and supervision for therapists and counsellors in the area of the expressive arts and comprehensive guidance and counselling programs.

Please see the Special Events and Training pages for current program information and upcoming events.

The Express Yourself studio is part of St. Norbert Arts Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the exquisite natural setting of the Trappist Monastery Ruins. Click here for directions and map.

Darci combines talk and experiential therapies to create optimum potential for inspired change and wellness. She provides a supportive environment so the participant can fully and deeply express and integrate mind, body, and spirit through the channel of the imagination. Art, sand tray, writing, movement, breathing, drama, and play therapy stategies transform problems stories to help tap into joy and a personal life force.

Programs and Training

Training Sessions 2014-2015

Individual Therapy for Adults, Children and Youth

Professional Development and Supervision

Registration or More Info

See www.wheatinstitute.com for further training. For more information about individual or group counselling, groups, classes or other sessions or to register for any event, please contact Darci by phone at (204) 293-3869, or send her an email at express-yourself@shaw.ca.

“My feeling is that the concept of creativeness and the concept of healthy, self-actualizing, fully human person seem to be coming closer and closer together, and may perhaps turn out to be the same thing.”

~Abraham Maslow

“Whenever illness is associated with loss of soul, the arts emerge spontaneously as remedies, soul medicine.”

~ From Shaun McNiff, Art as Medicine

“When we think of the creative mind, we think of the generative mind, full of ideas and brilliant new insights. But the creative mind is both full and empty. It is able to create within itself a space for the new to arise. It is a mind that is constantly opening itself to the internal and external world.

The opened mind can be relaxed and playful. It is filled with curiosity and wonder. There is something childlike about it. It loves to get off the beaten track, to explore paths that are not the ones taken by social convention. Playfulness is sometimes important. The opened mind likes to play with an idea or object, and enjoys looking at it for the first time. It remains open to the possibility that we may not know everything there is to know - and what we do know may be wrong. It challenges assumptions, makes new connections, finds new ways of viewing the world. The opened mind can wander playfully into areas others do not take seriously, and return with creations that must be approached in all seriousness.

Some of the most creative minds of all time have allowed themselves to drift into reveries and dream states, into extended meditations during which they courted the irrational, the symbolic, the metaphorical, and the mysterious. Often enough they bring back images that they translate into theories, compositions and actions.

This journey into the unfamiliar can be scary. Some discoveries may be so strange that we want to cover them up and run. Whether exploring the depths of the human soul or the depths of matter, artists, mystics, and scientists have come face to face with chaos and disorder. But the opened mind thrives on difference and remains open to the contradictory.”

~Creators on Creating Edited by Frank Barron, Alfonso Montuori, and Anthea Barron p. 57

“We recognized the role of imagination that is shared between contemporary psychotherapies and all ancient traditions. It was also evident that the arts are the bridging existential phenomena that unite ritual, imagination and the dream world in a way that no other activity can do.”

~Paolo Knill, Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy