Peggy Clarkson

Community Health & Wellness Lead

MA Art Therapy
BA Psychology

Peggy is a registered clinical counsellor, clinical supervisor, trauma informed therapist and registered art therapist. A strong desire to create a sense of balance through using clinically sound practices to facilitate social change is woven into all aspects of her work.

 

Peggy has 20 years of direct experience spanning all aspects of trauma related care. Currently an art therapy professor for a master’s program in Counselling Psychology at Adler University and the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, Peggy’s career is as extensive as it is diverse.

 

Having worked in an Indigenous health leadership capacity for over a decade, Peggy has utilized a variety of trauma-informed clinical care support and art therapy paradigms to support many remote, rural BC Indigenous communities including Haida Gwaii and Waglisla where she lived on-reserve.

 

Peggy has accepted many clinical supervision responsibilities, specializing in helping victims of violence, sexual abuse, and critical incidents—including those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

With a specialization in trauma, program development and team building, Peggy thrives in positions of leadership and community development.

 

In the field of Critical Incident Stress Management, she has worked as regional manager for Canada's largest employee and family assistance company providing support for over 300 trauma clinicians, in over 6 provinces and territories. Peggy drew upon her extensive knowledge to provide counsellors with consultation, supervision and leadership and offered support to a number of organizational traumatic events.

 

She also has experience, and is an educational thought leader, in the field of vicarious traumatization, particularly within the field of art therapy, First Nations and non-profit teams.

 

Peggy also developed and adapted curricula in multiple sites including child sexual abuse and trauma; dual diagnosis facilities. She has presented at various international conferences including Budapest, Hungary, and Hawaii.

Fun fact

Peggy is also a mixed media artist and painter with a studio in North Vancouver. At this stage in her career, although she likes to joke that clinical work gets in the way of her painting practice, in actual fact the two are deeply intertwined. Peggy strives for balance in both her work and self-care, enjoying kayaking, yoga and art.

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