Kristin Boettger MA CCC RCAT
Canadian Certified Counsellor
Registered Art Therapist
As a therapist, teacher, facilitator and artist, Kristin draws on over 20 years of experience working in the fields of mental health and creativity. Her current practice primarily focuses on supporting girls and women of all ages to develop a unique and empowered identity for themselves. Kristin also sees children, teens and families struggling with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety-based symptoms, to trauma, grief, loss and relational issues. Her approach is unique and specialized, informed by advanced training in EMDR, EFFT, CBT, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, expressive arts therapies, ecopsychology and mindfulness practices. It is rooted in the belief that authentic human connection, emotional expression and creativity are all key to our health and wellness.
Kristin received a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a MA in Counselling (Art Therapy) from Concordia University. She also spent 2 years as a painting major at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Since 2002 she has worked across a wide variety of clinical and community settings. Some of her past affiliations include Juno House, The Alberta Children's Hospital, AADAC Youth Services, The Calgary Board of Education, The United Way Women’s Leadership Council, The Leighton Art Centre, The Rocky Mountain YMCA, The Calgary Girls School, Sheriff King YWCA, Urban Youth Worx and Leadership Calgary. She now provides a number of specialized therapeutic services to clients dealing with anxiety-based issues, trauma, loss and grief. Her clinical studio space provides a warm and welcoming environment for individual sessions and small groups and classes.
As a settler who is living and working on this land, Kristin acknowledges Calgary / Mohkinstsis (MOH-kin-stiss) as the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations tribes of Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. The city of Calgary is also homeland to the historic Northwest Métis and to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories from your life — your life — not someone else’s life — water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom. That is the work. The only work.
-Clarissa Pinkola Estes