Hi! I’m Janis. Welcome to my website and my private practice in expressive arts therapy.


Janis Harper, MA
Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

Offering ongoing group sessions, private sessions, and workshops

My practice is located in Old City Waterfront in Nanaimo, BC.


You already have what you need to heal, to change, to grow, inside of you. I can help you rediscover your own powerful resources through the richness of creative expression, and together we can shape the ways you can make use of them in your life.


I work with clients of all ages and with various areas of need:

  • Life stages, transitions, upheavals
  • Challenges in relationships and work
  • Physical illness issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of being stuck
  • Feelings of victimization
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Trauma
  • Grief

I have a special interest in working with clients who have physical health challenge issues, whether chronic, temporary, life-threatening, and/or unable to be diagnosed.

I also have a special interest in working with clients who are experiencing challenges at mid-life and end-of-life.


Please note: Like art, people can’t be “explained” nor their prominent features identified by labels like the ones above. Of course, each of us has a unique and complex set of strengths and challenges, and this therapy acknowledges the whole person rather than treats separate “issues.”

As an expressive arts therapist, I act as your witness and guide. However, I’m not a separate and impersonal bystander, but a human being who is also touched and changed by the work we do together.

The challenges we all face are opportunities for growth and change, and I have been greatly humbled by what I’ve received from accompanying people on their personal journeys. I am always very honoured to be invited along.


Accepting New Clients