Frederick “Fritz” Perls
Laura Perls and Paul Goodman
has had a profound impact on Adrienne's life.
She was inspired by
how the people in her
gestalt therapy groups &
her various gestalt therapists invented, improvised, and/or experimented with
strategies to support breaking patterns.
These various creative processes, which included art therapy sessions,
not only supported new awarenesses
they have also supported her ability to bravely
make contact with others
not only art,
create a life in
Niagara Falls, Ontario
from a very authentic place.
Art therapy groups held by Adrienne in Niagara Falls, Ontario are both diverse and inclusive like her own personal art.
Adrienne Richardson's artwork is made up from an assemblage of different forms, including poetry, thus creating a new whole:
A completed gestalt!
For her 20 Canvas Experiment
she will attempt to use
many different mediums,
such as wire, plaster & clay, sand, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, blacklight paint, oil & soft pastels and resin on...
canvas, corrugated fiberboard, paper, photographs, and various found objects made of textiles, plastic, glass, metal, wood and stone
using various tools...
including parts of the human body.
While she has primarily worked with acrylics in the past,
she has become resistant to working in a single medium as she believes it has been restrictive and
it has not been reflective of the diversity of her muses.
Adrienne Richardson The Artist
abstract art pieces
collage & assemblage murals
that are interpretative and narrative.
psychological, religious &
so that our addictions to...
might be supported
self love of our polarities
can be brought out of
isolation and shame,
...with the hopes
that we are reminded to continue to live
the best we can
in this absurd world.
Can your relate?
Join an Art Therapy Group
and experience the
power of healing through art!
Through her blog called the 20 Canvas Experiment, Adrienne Richardson, a local psychotherapist from Niagara Falls, Ontario, hopes to not only draw attention to the need for greater mental health supports in smaller communities like her own, but also to showcase the power of art therapy sessions as an alternative option for therapy through her own process.
Through her process she hopes to inspire people who are reluctant to go therapy to take the leap, with either traditional psychotherapy with a therapist like her, or through art therapy group sessions with the support of others!
Subscribe to her Blog to follow her journey.
While many people are fearful to even go to therapy.
Sadly, many more residents of communities like Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region cannot afford to go to private psychotherapy sessions in order to get the support they need for their addictions and/or mental health.
Once they finally make the decision to get the support and help they need, they quickly find that there are limited resources available to them that are subsidized/ and/or free.
Adrienne hopes that her community funded Art Therapy Groups will be the antidote to this issue.
While increased awareness about the need for accessible mental health choices and support is a great place to start.
The involvement and support of leaders from businesses and organizations in local communities is the next step.
Adrienne Richardson wants others to join her, as 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and helping that many people in need cannot be done alone.
It is Adrienne's dream, vision, and hope that others, like herself, are also passionate about providing the residents of the city of Niagara Falls, who cannot afford to pay for psychotherapy, to get the support and help they need.
Please call Adrienne Richardson directly if you, your company, or the organization you work for are looking to give back to your community by supporting initiatives that support mental health locally like Adrienne's community funded Art Therapy Groups.