As one of only a few masters-level art therapists in Canada, Tanya Negrey offers a one-of-a-kind service. Tanya has been working as an art therapist since 2000, and has a Masters of Arts in art therapy from an accredited program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.
Tanya has delivered mental health support for children in both school settings and privately with youth and social services, and has worked with people on issues including residential youth care, substance use, and inpatient/outpatient behavioural health services. She has also worked with homeless people, and has done adult art therapy workshops through various agencies.
She spent two years at Mistawasis First Nations as an art therapist for the children and youth of the community. In addition to doing mental health strategy planning in consultation with the Chief, council, health director, and health staff, she ran a community open arts studio, held workshops, coordinated care with teachers and families, and did home visits.
Tanya is a practicing artist, whose work spans many media, including painting, drawing, multimedia, and traditional black and white photography using a darkroom. She has been making art her whole life.
She also has a great love of music — she plays the piano and saxophone, and is currently learning to play the guitar. While she is not a music therapist, she does like to incorporate music into her work.