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About Positive Shift
Positive Shift began as a way to help people with disabilities and chronic illness adjust to life, remove internal barriers to success, make positive changes, create effective plans, and find resources to create a fulfilling, happy life.
After completing university in Spiritually Informed Psychotherapy and Art Therapy the vision grew to include people having a tough time with everyday life. People who just need a little help reducing the effects of anxiety, depression, setting boundaries to make their work and home lives better, and the courage to use their voice while standing competently in their truth.
During the 7 years I studied Expressive Arts Therapy I hosted groups in shelters, facilitated weekend retreats, and learned to work with people just as they are. When people are in crisis they don't need insight, they need a soft place to land, a genuine welcome, and art settles the chaos.
“Art was made to overcome chaos.”
Art Therapy, Writer, Disability Advocate
Hi, welcome to Positive Shift. I'm Wesdyne, pronounced Wes-Dean. I am a disabled art therapist and counselor.
Let me help you recreate your life after an illness diagnosis, change in health, or loss. Perhaps you want to start living a life that feels more comfortable like Sundays in pyjamas. Maybe you desire less conflict and more laughter. A life that excites you, makes the most of your abilities. Perhaps you are looking to reduce your physical and psychological pain. You might have a child who is struggling to love themselves the way you love them. I help people do all those things and more.
My husband and I live in rural Alberta. I enjoy talking to my dog, giggling with friends, writing kids' stories, and posting silly things on Facebook. Seriously, my facebook page is ridiculous. https://www.facebook.com/wesdyne
The studio office:
a blue cabin in the woods
The office and workshop site is a small, blue, rustic cabin.
Women's art parties happen on the deck, under the canopy.
Walk and talk in the large meadow at the foot of the cabin.
Listen to the loons, blackbirds and birds on the lake just beyond the meadow.
Frogs in the fen serenade you.
Wind rustles the leave of the poplar, aspen, and birch trees.
For seven years, this unplumbed cabin was my home away from home.
Now it is a studio office.
I am an associate member of the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Organization and the Canadian Art Therapy Association. I am in the process of registering as a Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.
Master's Dip. Art Therapy
St. Stephen's College
Research Methodologies, Art Therapy, Parent/Child Art Therapy, Documentation
350 hours of direct client contact
75 hours of supervision (individual and group)
Guthrie School, Chrysalis Society, and Hosanna Lutheran Church,
Master's Dip. Counselling
St. Stephen's College
Professional Ethics, Counselling Methods, Models of Therapy, Life Span Theory, Abnormal Psychology
Expressive Arts Therapy
World Arts Organization
Expressive Arts Therapy Methods, Expressive Arts Theory
150 hours of direct client contact
50 hours supervision (individual and group)
Inner City Pastoral Ministry, Boyle Street Warming Shelter, Hosanna Lutheran Church
Bachelor of Education
University of Alberta
Art and Social Studies
Taught 7/8 split at Paul First Nation
Sub for Parkland and Sturgeon School Districts
French as a Second Language
Bachelor of Art & Design
University of Alberta
Painting, Art History
Art Educator for Art Gallery of Alberta and Gallery @501 (8 years)
Community art classes for elementary children (5 years)
Shows Art for the Living (2 years), UA summer landscape show
Contact Wesdyne Otto
632 Lakeside Point,
Spring Lake, Alberta
Text or Call
Mon - Thurs
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
About the Logo
I designed this when I was figuring out what Positive Shift does.
I began with the yin-yang symbol to represent balance.
The centre is the infinity symbol referring to balance is most helpful when we are dancing or walking. It is knowing that we grow deep roots and branches that reach towards the future.
The dots are off-centre to show the difference between what seems to be going on and how the body and mind respond to it.
My husband pointed out that the logo is two doves - the peace that is contained in life is ever present, even when we are not aware of it being with us.