About

Annie Hussain

What brought me into the field of art therapy was initially sparked by my love for art. This, coupled with my love of working with people was what affirmed the natural and instinctual decision to pursue art therapy as a career. I realized that I was using art therapeutically my whole life whether it was in my own practice or in my various roles in the community.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and Psychology from the University of Guelph (2006), and then pursued post-graduate training at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute in my hometown of Toronto, ON. In Toronto, I completed a practicum placement working at Earl Grey Senior Public School, where I worked with inner-city youth on a one-to-one basis as an art therapist. I then continued my education at Concordia University where I obtained my Master's in Creative Arts Therapies (2011). In Montreal, I worked at the Centre for the Arts in Human Development, where I conducted both group and individual art therapy sessions for adults with developmental disabilities. I also worked as an Art Therapist at the Jewish General Hospital's Child Psychiatry Unit where I worked with children both in outpatient group and individual settings.

I completed my Master's thesis on the topic of art therapy with South Asian survivors of domestic violence and carried this interest into my work by implementing a group art therapy program at the St. John's Women's Center in St. John's, NL. In 2013, I made the enriching move abroad to Malaysia, immersed myself in the local  tradition of batik painting, and opened my heart to a whole new world of experiences (you can read about some of my adventures here: Blank Canvas Diaries). This was followed by perhaps my most profound journey yet: the journey into motherhood, which continually challenges me into deeper levels of self-awareness.

Now in Calgary, AB, I have worked as an art therapy facilitator with the WP Puppet Theatre, implementing a mask-making program for youth in schools, seniors, as well as online.  I have also ran art therapy groups for outpatient adults with addictions at Health Upwardly Mobile. Currently, I am happy to be working in private practice and accepting clients under  Blackbird Healing Arts Collective.

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Education

2008 - 2010

Master of Arts (M.A.) / Creative Arts Therapies (Art Therapy)

Concordia University, Montreal, QC

2002 - 2006

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) / Studio Art & Psychology

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON

Professional Memberships

Canadian Art Therapy Association

Professional Member

Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association

Professional Member

Conference Presentations

Topic: The View from the Inside: Using Puppets to impact Mental Health in Senior and Youth Populations

2019 Annual Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference

Calgary, AB / October 2019

Topic: To Heal and Empower: An Art Therapy Program for South Asian Survivors of Violence Against Women

2011 Annual Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference

Niagara Falls, ON / October 2011

Topic: The Art of Grief: Using Art to Navigate the Pain of Loss

Bereavement and Beyond Conference, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Centre

Online / June 2021