Dana Stefanson is a Professional Art Therapist with a background in the Arts and Education. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan she often traveled significant distances to take art classes as a teenager and began teaching children and adults at Gail Adams School of Art in Saskatoon as a young adult. She went on to achieve her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, where she would also work in the Continuing Studies Department. Dana moved back to Saskatchewan with her young family in 2010, eventually working as an Educational Assistant at the local Elementary School. It was working with the children at school that made Dana realize she had more to offer and remembered the call to Art Therapy. She began training at Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute in 2016 and graduated in 2018.
Dana is passionate about the potential for Art therapy to help close the gap in accessible, culturally sensitive, holistic and accessible mental health services for rural and remote individuals and communities.
Artmaking has always been a part of my life, but during the most difficult parts, it saved my life. When I discovered Art Therapy it was as if there was suddenly a name for everything I knew to be true. At Aerie Art Therapy I hope to share what I’ve learned about healing and creativity and walk alongside my clients as they discover their own path towards health.