Jess Winnicki

Social Work/Art Therapy (BA, BSW, RSW, DKATI)

*Jess is not accepting new clients at this time.*
Art Therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate. Working with metaphor and symbols clients can uncover answers to questions lingering, and healing to wounds left unattended. I would be honoured to walk alongside you and support you on your healing journey.

Conversations with Safe Harbour Therapy
87 – Introspection & Soul Searching in Nature with Jess Winnicki

How I can help.

I would be honoured to walk alongside you on your healing journey. I have had the privilege of working in the addictions field for nearly 10 years and have witnessed the transformation of people and the transformative power of Art Therapy/Talk Therapy. I believe in creating a safe, trauma-informed therapy space, a container to hold whatever may arise in the moment.

My story.

I believe in the inherent worth of persons and that we all have the tools within for healing. Art Therapy/Counselling can assist us in moving towards a deep self-exploration. We can come to the other side of things, feeling differently and living a life that is meaningful, as defined by the person who is living it. I feel deep gratitude to be a part of Safe Harbour Therapy, a place teeming with wisdom and experience in so many varied fields of healing.

Life outside the office.

I love spending time with my family and friends who are very near and dear to my heart and support me through this life’s journey. My husband and I enjoy quiet evenings at home with our two cats; Murphy and Cusco. I love to travel and experience other people, places, and ways of being. When I am not surrounded by friends and family you will find me at my studio space, sitting behind the potters’ wheel throwing vessels of containment.


  • Grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction

Areas I can assist with.

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image Issues
  • Boundaries
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Grief/Loss
  • Identity
  • Illness
  • Infidelity
  • OCD
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem
  • Spiritual Conflict
  • Stress and Tension
  • Trauma/PTSD

Therapies offered.

  • Art Therapy
  • Trauma Focused
  • Strengths Based
  • Person-Centered
  • Mindfulness
  • Attachment
  • Eclectic
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness Based
  • Positive Psychology
  • Positive Art Therapy
  • Solution Focused


As an Art Therapist/Counsellor working from a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, mindfulness, and positive psychology approach enables me to work with a wide range of clients, from youth to late adulthood. The modality of Art Therapy spans all ages and connects individuals to their emotions in a deeply meaningful way. I strive for inclusivity and cultural sensitivity in my practice. I am happy to welcome individuals, dyads, families, and groups into the therapeutic space.


ClienteleYouth to Adults
Average Cost per session$110/hour
Sliding scaleYes
Free 20 minute consultation? (in person or telephone)Yes
Methods of payment acceptedAll
Accepts coverage?Please contact your provider. I do not direct bill.


Bachelor of Arts (Double Major Psychology and Criminal Justice)
University of Winnipeg 2006
Bachelor of Social Work
Booth University College, Winnipeg, MB 2011
Master’s level diploma in Art Therapy
Kutenai Art Therapy Institute, Nelson, BC 2018

Additional Credentials.

Manitoba College of Social Workers2011
Registered Social Worker
Canadian Art Therapy Association2016
Professional Art Therapist

Here to Help.

87 – Introspection & Soul Searching in Nature with Jess Winnicki

written by Jess Winnicki on 04/11/21

What can happen when we are open to the power of art and nature, seeing art in nature, creating art in nature, and are immersed in nature? I have been pondering about the life of beavers and what we can learn from these industrious creatures. I have some personal stories to share about recent experiences while being in nature as well as reflections on being in the natural world and in the forest.

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72 – The Power of Spontaneous Art

written by Jess Winnicki on 03/02/21

We talk with Jess Winnicki, Art Therapist and Social Worker, to reflect on the process and power of spontaneous art making. We will discuss what it means and how it can support us on our journeys. At the end of the podcast, Jess invites you to engage in this type of art making process.

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64 – Eco-Art Therapy: Supporting the Journey with Jess Winnicki

written by Jess Winnicki on 19/11/20

“Look deep into nature, and then you will know everything better.”~Albert Einstein Today I wanted to bring you a brief overview of eco-art therapy, some of the background and theory,  describe how nature can be a container and support for us, the potential benefits of eco-art therapy, as well as bring you information from a […]

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