Dawn Olson M. Ed.  Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist  PH 250 419-2748  E musearttherapy@gmail.com

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Muse Art Therapy and Counselling’s owner Dawn Olson has over twenty years’ experience providing therapy for individuals and groups. Serving a wide range of clients and therapeutic issues, Dawn specializes in helping people with depression, anxiety and relationship problems live more meaningful and satisfying lives.

Education

Dawn holds a Master’s of Education degree in Counselling Psychology and a Post-Master’s certificate in Art Therapy. She is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and with the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Experience

In addition to her private practice, Dawn has provided service to a broad range of clinical and community agencies, including:

  • Ledger House, Queen Alexandra Hospital
  • Island Health
  • The Eating Disorder Program in the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy
  • The NEED Crisis and Information Line
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS)

Dawn Olson M. Ed.  Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist  PH 250 419-2748  E musearttherapy@gmail.com

Copyright ©2020. Muse Art Therapy & Counselling. All Rights Reserved.

counselling & art therapy

Areas of Practice

  • Relationships
  • Life transitions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-esteem

Dawn helps her clients

  • Manage and decrease feelings of
    anxiety and depression
  • Improve interpersonal relationships
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Increase self-knowledge and self-acceptance
  • Set meaningful and achievable goals
  • Express themselves creatively
  • Get more fun and pleasure out of life

Therapeutic Approach

Dawn draws on many evidence-based therapeutic models including:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Practice
  • Existential Therapy

Dawn is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled therapist. Her broad range of clinical mental health experience, together with her personal sensitivity, shine brightly in her professional counselling role. Dawn is both resourceful and creative in her therapeutic approach and her natural ability to use art as a medium to support the journey of recovery is an added bonus! 

Grace Van Horn MSW, Team Leader Eating Disorders Program in the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Dawn Olson is an Art Therapist par excellence. She has a gentle way of approaching difficult problems, whether working with adults or children. She is always my first choice when I am referring someone to an art therapist.

Lucille Proulx MA, ATR, RCAT Co-Director of The Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy and Former Executive Director of The BC School of Art Therapy

A most inspiring and delightful experience. Dawn is masterful at identifying and leading discussions toward helpful insights; a powerful and inspiring strength! Dawn was very thoughtful and considerate of every level of need or comfort. She was very skillful in listening to eight different individuals, then thoughtfully offering new insights, and in the end, drawing our day to a satisfying conclusion.

Phyllis Girard, Story Lines workshop participant.

Dawn Olson M. Ed.  Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist  PH 250 419-2748  E musearttherapy@gmail.com

Copyright ©2020. Muse Art Therapy & Counselling. All Rights Reserved.

Why see a counsellor?

People sometimes seek help when they feel anxious, depressed, or are having relationship problems. But normal developmental phases and life transitions can also be very challenging, creating feelings of loneliness, stress and confusion. Talking with a counsellor can help people relieve stress, connect with their strengths and find fresh perspectives.

What happens in a counselling session?

Counselling sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to be heard and responded to from a respectful, compassionate and objective perspective. Counsellors help clients focus on the issues of concern to them, set meaningful goals, and explore the obstacles and pathways to those goals.

While every counselling session is different and can be hard work, clients usually find that at the end of the session they feel better, stronger, and have new strategies for addressing their problems.

Why see an art therapist?

Art therapy is different from counselling in that the process of making art, and the art product itself, can provide information for the client that helps them understand themselves and their situation better.

While some people decide to see an art therapist because they already know they find strength and healing in creative expression, others choose art therapy because they can’t find the words to describe their problems or experiences. Some choose art therapy because they want to connect with their creativity. For everyone, art therapy has the potential to teach them about themselves and expand their sense of who they are and what they are capable of.

What happens in an art therapy session?

Art therapy sessions include both art making and talking. Each session is unique and is shaped by the needs of the client. Usually, the client chooses from available art materials to make whatever they wish.  Sometimes, the art therapist provides a starting point or specific art activity that is suited to the client’s therapeutic needs.

There is no wrong or right way to do art therapy and no artistic ability is required. Whatever is made will be ‘right’ and is usually illuminating for the client. This is the chief power of art therapy; the paradox that the artwork itself provides new information to the client—about themselves—helping them learn more about who they are and where they need to go.

Are Dawn’s services covered by extended health plans?

Some extended health care plans cover all, or a portion of, Dawn’s fee. Contact your extended health care provider for details of your coverage.

What is the cost for Dawn’s services?

Individual therapy: $145 per hour plus tax.

Couples therapy: $155 per hour plus tax.
Workshops, events, and groups: Fees vary. Please contact Dawn for more information.

Dawn accepts payment by email transfer.

Dawn Olson M. Ed.  Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist  PH 250 419-2748  E musearttherapy@gmail.com

Copyright ©2020. Muse Art Therapy & Counselling. All Rights Reserved.

Contact info

Phone 250 419-2748
Email musearttherapy@gmail.com
Web musearttherapy.com

Hours

Dawn has daytime and evening availability. Email or call to arrange an appointment.

Dawn Olson M. Ed.  Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist  PH 250 419-2748  E musearttherapy@gmail.com