Sheri Gundry trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist through The CREATE Institute in their Creative Integrative Arts Therapies Training Program. She is also working towards her full registration as a Psychotherapist with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Deepening skills, Sheri has trained in Trauma, DBT, Dreamwork and Trauma, and Substance Abuse. Sheri has completed some training in the Satir Method, and as a graphic designer, as well as a Bachelor of Theology in Child and Family Ministries.
Sheri founded a Canadian arts based charity called Art With A Heart Inc. (http://www.artwithaheart.ca) in Durham Region in 2009, heading up a team of therapists and facilitators, and has been building community through a variety of community arts programs, therapeutic arts programs, and corporate team building programs since the charity’s inception.
Sheri has worked with children, at-risk youth, youth in corrections, young mothers in maternity homes, women and children’s shelters, homeless youth programs, seniors – both shut-in and at home – especially around concepts of Legacy. Also individuals struggling with eating disorders, palliative care and bereavement, programming at a cancer support centre, and work within the autistic community in Durham (parents/caregivers, siblings, and AOD individuals) through Art With A Heart Inc.
Privately, Sheri has helped clients through issues of trauma, crisis, mental health challenges, anxiety, depression, and transitions (career, death, relationships etc.). Often the work builds life skills, and strengthens capacities and resources in a significant yet playful way. Sheri is comfortable in all forms of art – using the art to suit the needs of the client. Sheri is a professional working visual artist, working primarily in paint and drawing mediums. Her work is showcased in personal collections and in art shows. She has partnered with Rouge Valley Hospital Foundation, showcasing work regularly in the Ajax/Pickering Hospital.