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About Me

Katherine Searle, DKATI, BFA

Artist and Art Therapist

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Who I Am

I am cis-gender, queer, neuro-spicy, and authentically awkward. I grew up surrounded by the Salish Sea on the small Southern Gulf Island community of Pender, S,DÁYES, in the territory of the WSÁNEĆ First Nations. While I have resided in several locations within this province, I am most at home here on the land of the Lək̓ʷəŋən Peoples. My husband and I currently reside in the Westshore area of Victoria.

I completed a BFA in visual arts and psychology at UFV in Abbotsford, followed by my Masters-level post bachelor diploma program in Art Therapy at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI), which is located in Nelson B.C. I am a Professional Art Therapist in good standing with the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), and hold a Professional membership with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

How I Work

While my personal approach as an art therapist pulls from a variety of theoretical approaches, my practice is rooted within a humanistic lens – mainly relational, client-led, trauma-informed, strengths-based, anti-oppressive, and existential

I walk alongside my clients, listening empathically, facilitating an environment free of judgement. If and when a client chooses to process their artwork, I ask open-ended questions with curiosity and gentleness.

I hold the belief that each of my clients hold the power to make the changes they would like to see in themselves when provided a safe place to explore and look inward. 

Working with me is intended to be a relational process where we gently pull back layers checking-in as we go, moving between exploration and resourcing.

Therapeutic Modalities
  • Art Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Sandtray

Areas of Focus
  • Self-care/Exploring what sustains you

  • Self-reflection

  • Self-exploration

  • Feeling stuck

  • Perfectionism

  • Life transitions

  • Boundaries

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Neurodivergence

  • Burnout

  • Compassion fatigue

  • Grief and loss

  • Intergenerational traumas

Populations I Work With
  • Family and Professional Caregivers

  • Neurodivergent Folks

  • Folks with Divers-Abilities

  • Children - Teens - Adults - Elders

Therapeutic Approaches
  • Client-led

  • Relational

  • Strengths-based

  • Trauma-informed

  • Anti-oppressive

  • Existential

Credentials & Relevant Training and Experience

2024 - Current: Addiction Treatment and Care (UBC CPD)

2023: DKATI 

2023: SᾹF-T (Sensation Awareness Focused Technique)

2022: Worked as an Educational Assistant (SD61)

2022: Emergency First Aid and CPR Training

2018-2019: Worked as a behaviour interventionist 

2019: BFA – Visual Arts and Psychology

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