Counselling Art Therapist
I have always had an interest and curiosity in human psychology. After many years of counselling and uncovering personal means of healing and growth, I felt a drive to pursue a career in counselling myself. I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy, with additional training in phototherapy, mindfulness and somatic techniques. I work from an attachment and trauma informed approach, incorporating a bio-psycho-social understanding to pain and recovery. I have focused on working with at risk children, youth and adults; specifically, people experiencing trauma symptoms and addiction.
As a counsellor, I believe in working alongside my clients as we discover innate strengths and resilience to support empowerment, self-acceptance and mind-body-soul well-being. I also see that our personal voyages through life are intertwined with those of our families, friends and communities; I work to understand and involve all aspects in creating meaningful and sustainable change.
Mindfulness practices work to bring you in relationship with your emotions and sensations (your felt sense). Through incorporating mindfulness, both in therapy and at home exercises, you will be better able to understand emotions and to ride and regulate them. This is a powerful, non-pharmaceutical tool if experiencing addiction, depression, mood disorders and trauma.
Art support safety and containment in memories and experiences that are painful and challenging to acknowledge verbally. Traumatic experiences are encoded in brain areas that make it challenging to verbalize and chronicle – art is a powerful tool in reintegrating traumatic experiences as something in the past. Art also leaves a physical record of therapy, which can be reviewed to reveal deeper insights. Creativity also enables us to learn, play, take risks and express in new ways.
TRAUMA & THE BODY
Traumatic memories and experiences are held in the mind and the body. By working with modalities that develop a connection and understanding of the body, you will begin to find a place beyond the trauma – a place of personal safety and body-mind integration.
Together, we will explore how you can feel belonging within yourself and the world. I am dedicated to helping you on your personal journey of recovery.