Julia Vlaming

Art Therapy


Julia Vlaming is the Owner and Art Therapist for Ottawa ARt Therapy: 

Undergrad: BSc Psychology (with honours), Graduate Diploma: Art Therapy, Continuing education: Behavioural Science (ABA, IBI) training, attending ongoing conferences and workshops on Art Therapy and arts in mental health. 

I started off my career by working with children with autism, and continued to get training and work as a behaviour therapist. I tried to sneak in art whenever possible, and found it to be a great tool for language and skill development, grounding, and communication. In 2013 I decided to make art and music my focus! I found this lovely city was in dire need of more art therapists, so Ottawa Art Therapy was born! 

I took on individual clients and facilitated groups for other organizations. I ended up working with clients going through loss, those experiencing anxiety and depression, individuals with terminal illness, women in shelters, those with selective mutism, ADHD, PPD, children with global developmental delays, ASD, Down's Syndrome and those just looking to increase their quality of life through the arts. 

Many of my groups and individual sessions combine art and music, but they don't have to (if one or the other is preferred). 

I focus on family and individual goals! I hope to build a community of people who use art to promote mental health (their own or that of others). I aim for life long positive changes! 

The youngest client I have had was just under 2 years old, my oldest was 80+. Children, teens, adults; everyone can benefit from a therapeutic approach using methods that they can incorporate into their everyday life.

Other experience


Apart from her work in art therapy with children, Julia Vlaming worked as a family support worker for refugee families as well as traveling to Russia to counsel children and youth in poverty regarding issues of substance abuse and domestic violence. She was also involved in therapeutic equestrian riding programs for individuals with both mental and physical disabilities. Finally Julia was able to participate in research concerning parental influences on children’s verbal development.


Ottawa Art Therapy


Julia Vlaming had started Ottawa Art Therapy to give individuals with developmental delays equal opportunities to develop and experience the creative process. Since then, she has built a community of therapists and volunteers that support the services provided by Ottawa Art Therapy. Julia works to provide her clients with individualized and personal services. She believes that through creativite intervention anyone can reach their full potential.


Education: BSc Honours in Psychology from Royal Holloway University of London, Art Therapy Graduate Diploma from The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.




Current Dates:  April 13 - June 1



Interested in piano or music in general?  Please inquire for more details!



Ottawa Art Therapy offers sessions for all individuals AND groups! If you, your child, your family, or your organization is interested in Art Therapy, please contact us.

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