About Darlynne

Darlynne Hildebrandt is a registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a registered Social Worker with the Alberta and British Columbia College of Social Work.

Darlynne Hildebrandt

Registered Social Worker & Art Therapist

I have worked with people across the lifespan, from the very young to seniors, in a variety of settings including both the provincial and federal governments as well as with First Nations communities; Newcomers to Canada; and People with Disabilities. I was an adjunct faculty member with St. Stephen’s College at the University of Alberta in the Master of Counseling Program, Art Therapy stream and have provided clinical supervision to a variety of students and professionals across Canada. I was the Registrar of the Canadian Art Therapy Association for many years and more recently a member of the Continuing Competency Committee with the Alberta College of Social Work. I have been in private practice since 1996 and have worked across Western Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba with offices in Vancouver; Edmonton; Saskatoon, rural Manitoba and Winnipeg.

Some of the people I have worked with include:

  • Patients and their families in a hospice setting.
  • Government employees within their workplace.
  • Adults living with the effects of early childhood trauma.
  • Children, youth and adults separated from their families due to death, neglect, abuse, divorce, or separation.
  • Infants with complex needs and their families.
  • Street-involved youth.
  • Women and men suffering from addictions, trauma and loss.
  • Women who have been emotionally, physically and sexually abused in their intimate partner relationships.
  • Children and adults struggling with behavioural and emotional issues.
  • Children and adults living with chronic illnesses.
  • People with neurodiversity and addictions.
  • Adults injured in the workplace (physical and psychological).
  • Children, youth and adults who have experienced a natural disaster.
  • People living with a mood disorder.
  • Adults with disabilities who want to direct their own lives.
  • Children and youth in school settings.
  • Teaching clinical skills to students.

Art Therapist & Social Worker

I am a registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a Registered Social Worker (clinical practice) with the Alberta and British Columbia College of Social Work. I attended the Prairie Region Centre for Focusing in Winnipeg, Manitoba and am a member of the Focusing Institute of New York as a certified Professional Focusing Therapist for post-traumatic stress disorder. I have also trained at the Behavioral Tech Institute at the University of Washington and I am an informed Dialectical Behavioral and Prolonged Exposure Therapist. I recently have been trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, EMDR and completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training in complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

A main interest of mine is how the brain, mind, body and heart respond to distressing life events. This interest has evolved over time, after meeting with many people who live with emotional and physical pain due to trauma, loss, separation, and chronic illness. Not only are our thoughts and perceptions important but also our body and deep brain responses. To work within this framework both nonverbal and verbal approaches to distress are useful. I continue to train in the areas of non-verbal therapies that include somatic approaches to psychotherapy (Art Therapy; EMDR; Focusing) which will support people in their healing journey.

As Bessel van der Kolk has found “it is the body that keeps the score”. Not only do we process our experiences through perceptions and thoughts but also through our bodies. I also work with verbal approaches to therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. These cognitive approaches could be considered a “top-down approach” to psychological healing which provides intervention strategies to address the negative, unproductive thoughts that affect our emotions and ultimately our behaviour. A “bottom-up” approach to therapy would include the somatic approaches to address the body which holds the memories and history of our experience. As human beings, we need both, a bottom-up (memories) and top-down (thoughts) approach to healing.

My approach includes a trauma-informed, client-centred, social justice and concurrent approach to therapy – I support both verbal and non-verbal expressions to best support each individual’s therapeutic goals to facilitate health and well-being.

Art Therapist & Social Worker

I am a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a registered social worker (clinical practice) with the Alberta and British Columbia College of Social Work. I attended the Prairie Region Centre for Focusing in Winnipeg, Manitoba and earned membership with the Focusing Institute of New York as a certified focusing professional for post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as being an informed dialectical behavioural and prolonged exposure therapist with the Behavioural Tech Institute.

Education

I began my academic studies at the Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia earning a Bachelor of Arts with a specialty in psychology and criminology. In 1989 I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Social Work. Due to my interest in creative expression, I entered the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute and graduated in 1996. In 2006 I completed the Master of Social Work
program at the University of Regina. I have also been an educator of students enrolled in masters level programs across Western Canada, most recently with the Master of Counselling, Art Therapy stream, at St. Stephens College in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Appointments can be booked online for private, group, and supervision sessions.

Edmonton

16880 - 111 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5M 4C9
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Vancouver

258 Sixth Street
New Westminster BC V3L 0G6

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