Elspeth Robertson

I am a professional art therapist and clinical counsellor living and working in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Ontario, the oceans and the mountains (and school!) called me here and I decided to stay. I received my undergraduate degree (BA) from Queen's University, where I studied psychology and art history. 

In my graduate program at Adler University (MCP-AT), I studied counselling psychology and art therapy. I have special interests in working with children through play and art, as well as adults experiencing stress and anxiety who need an extra boost of creativity, compassion and calm. 

I am a lifelong learner, guided by curiosity and open exploration.  In my downtime, I enjoy snuggling my cat Nimbus, making art, enjoying nature, or curled up with a good book.


My practice holistically fosters healing in the physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual realms of human experience. Everybody has the intrinsic ability to heal their mind, body and soul, but we often become disconnected from these innate and evolutionary processes. My practice aims to use evidence-based modalities and a trauma-informed lens to reconnect clients with their natural healing processes. Imagination, intuition and the presence of the creative process can be transformative. 

Learn more about counselling, art therapy and my therapeutic approach below.


An Eclectic Approach.

When has one thing ever worked for everybody? I work from an eclectic, client-centred approach that integrates many different evidence-based therapeutic styles and techniques, so each therapeutic experience is tailored to every unique client.


Solution Focused Counselling

Positive Psychology

Interpersonal Neurobiology


Somatic Therapy

Compassion Focused Therapy

Play Therapy



Masters of Counselling Psychology - Art Therapy  (MCP-AT) | Adler University 2020

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology (Major) & Art History (Minor) | Queen's University 2017

Professional Membership

Professional Art Therapist #55675125 | Canadian Art Therapy Association

Certifications and Training

Core Indigenous Cultural Safety Mental Health | San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety 2020

Certificate in Ecopsychology | Pacifica Graduate Institute 2019

Cows Can Be Purple Facilitator Certification | Adler University 2019

Mastering Telehealth & Anxiety Treatment in the Age of Social Distancing | PESI In Progress

An Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences 2020

Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy Levels 1 & 2 | Holistic Healing Trauma 2020

Expressive Play Therapy for Healing Complex Trauma | Centre for Expressive Therapy 2020

Expressive Play Therapy: An Integrative Approach | Centre for Expressive Therapy 2020

Solution Focused Training Workshop with Max Innes Levels 1, 2 & 3 | Moving Forward Family Services 2019-2020

The Clinical Application of Compassion | NICAMB 2019

Chi Kids Teacher Training Level 1 | Chi School 2019

A Strategic Approach to Suicide Prevention + Counselling on Access to Lethal Means | Suicide Prevention Resource Centre 2019

Parenting After Separation | Justice Education Society 2019

Pending and in Progress *

Registered Clinical Counsellor | British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

Certified Canadian Counsellor | Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional | Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals 

Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider | Evergreen Certification Institute 


Please note my status as a pre-registered clinician at this time. While I have completed all educational and practical components required for registration as a clinical counsellor and professional art therapist in BC, applications require processing time by the registering bodies (BCACC & CCPA).

In the province of BC, I am able to counsel clients as a pre-registered clinician, however without a registration number, most insurance agencies will not reimburse for these sessions. I am committed to ethical transparency within my practice, and for this reason, my fee is lower while I await registration.



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