My name is Demill Keevil, and I am a clinical counsellor and professional art therapist in West Vancouver, BC. I opened Oasis Creative Counselling with the goal of offering people a safe and welcoming environment where they can work toward the change they desire.
I offer counselling and art therapy services for teens, preteens, and adults struggling with various issues, including but not limited to:
- Eating disorders/disordered eating
- Substance abuse
- Addictive and/or compulsive behaviors
- Issues related to sexuality, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity
- Negative body image
- Low self-esteem and/or self-criticism
At Oasis Creative Counselling, your treatment will be:
As the name suggests, I hope that Oasis Creative Counselling can be a peaceful place of refuge from whatever difficulties you may be facing in your everyday life.
About Counselling and Art Therapy at Oasis:
One unique thing about Oasis Creative Counselling in West Vancouver is that you'll have the opportunity to participate in counselling, art therapy, or both. Counselling involves healing through primarily verbal processes (i.e., talking, writing), whereas art therapy is a metaverbal modality of treatment that involves various forms of expression (i.e., drawing, painting, sculpture, collage).
You might be wondering why or how art therapy works. To put it simply, working with art involves different areas of your brain than talking or writing. This means that, depending on what you'd like to work on, bringing art into our sessions could help you heal in a deeper or more complete way. You may find art therapy particularly helpful if you have trouble expressing yourself using words. Art transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries and offers a medium through which people from all walks of life can connect and heal.
What to Expect from Sessions:
I generally work with a combination of verbal counselling and art therapy methods, but some clients prefer to stick with one or the other. During your initial session, we will discuss your individual needs and expectations, and we will collaboratively decide how to structure our sessions.
I operate from a person-centered model, which means that I believe it's vital for me to empathize with your experiences without judgment or criticism. I also believe it's important for me to be genuine and real in our counselling relationship.
My approach is eclectic in nature, and I may incorporate various techniques and principles of Adlerian therapy, ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), and other modalities. Your specific treatment plan will depend entirely on your unique needs and goals, and you will always be involved in the process. I offer suggestions, but it's ultimately your choice what you'd like to try and how you'd like your treatment to progress.
More About Me:
My educational background combines two of my greatest passions: art and psychology. I completed my undergraduate degree at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I completed my graduate studies at Adler University, where I earned a Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy degree. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), a Professional Member of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA), and an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Certified Counsellor (Level III).
My path to becoming a counsellor and an art therapist was greatly influenced by my personal healing journey and those who helped me through difficult periods of my own life. I know this process works because I have seen it work in my own life as well as the lives of others. I have an optimistic view of the counselling process, and I believe that everyone is capable of change.
In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, travelling, reading, making art, going to the cinema, playing squash and tennis, walking in nature with my dogs, live music, swimming, and spending time with my family and friends.
If you have any specific questions regarding the above information, I'd be happy to address these over the phone or during your free in-person consultation.