Art Therapy


Sr. Kay Morrell, a professional Art Therapist, began sessions at Providence Motherhouse, 1200 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario in May, 2005. Some of the programs developed, by Sister, during ten years working in Toronto, are still offered, plus new ones as they are created.

What is Art Therapy?

Through art making and relating to the therapist, with the art as an interface, people can develop healthier ways to manage life, gain insights into the root causes of unhappiness, and experiment with change.

Art Therapy is well recognized for its effectiveness in the following areas:

  • personal growth processing

  • stress management and release of tension

  • support, or relief, in illness of mind or body

  • refreshment and life enhancement

  • increasing creativity

  • addressing specific critical issues

  • communicating when words are difficult

The spontaneous open style of art therapy is available, but Sr. Kay has also designed a series of unique Brief Art Therapy programs, Prayer-Art Retreats and Spiritual Journey programs. Sister is a graduate of Queens University, Peterborough Teachers’ College, and Toronto Art Therapy Institute and she will be your therapist at each session.

Who may apply?

All programs are available to persons 18 and over. No previous experience or artistic skill is necessary. Easy to use materials will be supplied and are included in the cost. Applicants must apply personally. Third party referrals cannot be accepted.

What is the cost?

Costs are given with the program descriptions that follow.

How do I get a copy of the schedule?

If you would like a copy of the brochure, with the current schedule for all programs, please e-mail or phone and one will be mailed to you. You can, also, find the brochure on the website by following the link for Publications.

How do I Register?

To arrange for the program(s) of your choice, phone 613-544-4525 X 175, or e-mail to, including your phone number. Sister Kay will contact you to complete the registration. The fee is payable at the first session, by cheque or cash.

If you need to cancel an appointment, kindly give 24 hours notice, or you may be billed for the session(s). There are no refunds, but credit will be allowed when circumstances justify.

What programs will be available?

Programs developed in Toronto are available in Kingston and new ones are designed each year. There are three types:

Creative Art Program Descriptions

Session times and costs are given with the program description. Each group has a different format but is flexible enough to accommodate individual needs.

Fresh Rain – Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Artists and non-artists, all welcome! Relax, create, share, learn new skills. Variety of topics and techniques. In expensive materials are supplied. $5/sess. $25 for six. Start any Wednesday. Register by previous Monday. Come every week, or just when you can.

For more information about T’ai Chi Chih or Creative Arts, or Spiritual Journeys please contact Sr. Kay Morrell.

Each Brief Art Therapy program is just 3 sessions long, but can be very effective. These programs have pre-set plans and each one is quite different from the others in focus and technique. Doing several enables you to see many ways art therapy can be of help. The programs can be done in any order.

Current Schedule 2015
No artistic skill necessary. All materials are provided. Parking is free.
Please see descriptions of the fifteen different Brief Art Therapy programs below. You will note that some can only be done in group.
Make a choice of a program that interests you, and then call/e-mail to arrange for the 3 sessions that are necessary.
If you choose to do the program privately, the wait time, to begin, will likely be a week or two. If you want to do the program in group, it will take longer to get started, as an on-line search will have to be done to find other interested persons.

“Bitter->Sweet” – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., Apr. 21, 28, May 5
“Lady in Blue” – Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m., Apr. 22, 29, May 6
“Both Sides Now” – Thursdays at 2:15 p.m., Apr. 23, 30, May 7
“Home for my Heart” – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., May 12, 19, 26
“Still Green” – Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m., May 13, 20, 27
“Why are You Crying” – Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m., June 2, 16, 23
“Wishtone” – Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m., June 3, 17, 24
“Tissue Tales” – Thursdays at 2:15 p.m., June 18, 25, July 2
“Landscapes of Life” – Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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