Katrina Grabner M.A. (she/her)
Art Therapist - Counsellor - Group Facilitator
BCATA Professional Member, CCC Qualifying Period
I am grateful to work and live as a visitor on the unceded Ancestral lands of the Coast Salish peoples, the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ílwətaʔ/selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. I work towards self-awareness of my own role in colonization and am committed to the daily work of being a co-conspirator and ally in decolonization.
I provide support to people working through a range of challenges such as:
recent and historical experiences of trauma
grief and loss
relationship distress or stuckness
patterns that continue despite best efforts
experiences of spiritual abuse & harm
chronic sexual pain
re-discovering a sense of vitality and passion for life
creativity is an innate resource within all of us.
I believe deeply in our ability to heal and the resilience embedded within us all.
I understand the pain of grief, trauma and stuckness and I am here to walk along side you as you move from a survival state into a more spacious place of thriving.
My approach is:
I believe you are the expert of your lived experience and I respect the wisdom that you bring.
I consider and explore the ways that early experiences in primary relationships shape our adult relationships, our nervous systems and the way we seek safety and protection in the present moment.
My work focuses on nervous system regulation and creating experiences of felt safety in the here and now at a pace that does not overwhelm.
Together we may do guided practices of grounding, soothing, movement and tending to the body.
Depending on your comfort level, and whether you are in an individual or group session, we may utilize your creativity and different art forms for self expression, exploration and regulation. Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate.
I consider the intersections of our various identities, the systems we are woven into, and the impacts of systemic oppression on daily life including mental well being. All genders, sexual orientations, bodies, cultural and spiritual practices are welcome. This is a daily commitment on my part to both learning and unlearning and practicing cultural humility.
I grew up in treaty 6 Territory the traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including the Blackfoot, Cree, Saulteaux, Stoney and Métis, also known as central Alberta. My ancestor are German, Scottish, Irish, French and Mikmaq.
I have many areas of privilege such as being (white, cis gendered, able-bodied and heterosexual). I am also the daughter of a single mother and I carry other areas within my identity where I have and/or continue to experience oppression. In our initial phone-call or session you are always invited to notice if I am the right fit for you. I might not be the right for you and that is ok! I am always happy to assist you in finding a therapist that is the right fit. I want you to feel safe, seen and connected in your counselling experience.
I also recognize that the field of psychotherapy is rooted in Western approaches and ways of knowing and that there are many ways to heal, beyond this perspective. I am committed to the ongoing practice of decolonizing healing and therapy theories and practices.
I will never push any approaches on you such as art making or movement.
Different options will be offered to you in sessions and it is your choice.
I am always curious about what is working for you and I adapt my work to fit what your needs are.
I am passionate about learning and continue to build skills in the field of trauma recovery. I have an MA in Psychotherapy and Spirituality with a specialization in Art Therapy through St Stephen's College, which is an affiliated degree-granting graduate college of the University of Alberta. I am currently training in Somatic Experiencing which is a body oriented approach to healing trauma developed by Peter Levine as well as Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) lead by Janina Fisher.
For over a dozen years I have supported adults, youth, and children who have lived through various experiences of trauma, as a front-line worker with several East Vancouver social service providers. I am also an active artist and I continue to be involved in various community building events centred around the arts.
I am a professional member with the BC Art Therapy Association.
intersectional & anti-oppressive
Affordable and accessible counselling is a core value of mine.
This is one of the main reasons why I run groups and spend the majority of my work week working for a local non-profit that provides free trauma focused counselling services in my community.
It is my goal to always offer a percentage of sliding scale spots in all the groups that I offer if they are not already free or discounted. I also aim to offer a certain percentage of sliding scale individual spots.
If you have benefited from my services or from therapy and you have the means to support others, I want to invite you to contribute to my suspended therapy fund.
Have you heard of suspended coffee?
Many coffee shops now allow customers to purchase in advance a cup of coffee for someone who may need it later on. This is the same concept.
Perhaps you would like to purchase a group spot for someone else or a therapy session?
All contributions will go into a fund that provides sliding scale/pay what you can options.
You can e-transfer funds to:
In the message write: suspended therapy
Sliding Scale Options
As someone who is the daughter of a single mother, a long-time non-profit staff member, and a long-time student, I know what it is like to need therapy and to have finances be a huge barrier to accessing support. Therapy is not affordable or accessible to many people, especially if your benefits do not have a psychotherapy option. This is a huge issue related to systemic injustice.
Perhaps you are a single parent, a student, a person of colour dealing with the financial impacts of systemic injustice, are on disability, work at a minimum wage job...whatever your circumstance are message me to find out about sliding scale options. There is no shame in enquiring about this option for yourself. There may be a waitlist, but we will discuss options and figure something out.
Art Therapy Groups
Online Groups are an accessible way to receive ongoing affordable support. All groups are currently being offered online. No art making experience is required. Check frequently for new group postings.
I currently offer a very limited number of individual sessions on Mondays only at $130 an hour. This is an option if you are attending one of my groups and would like some extra support. If needed, ask about sliding scale options. To enquire, e-mail