Talking to someone and being heard are aspects of being human. This is what I feel is the most important part of counselling. I believe we all have within us the ability to heal and grow and find answers to what we are looking for. I feel my job is to assist clients in accessing their inner abilities and strengths and supporting clients through their life journey. I love to make art, dance, and be outdoors.
My background is in the healing arts. I still offer sessions in Reiki and other alternative modes of therapy on request. I worked in the community doing volunteer work with children, youth, and adults, as well as teaching parenting classes for over 20 years.
I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy.
About my Work
I am a counsellor, art, and play therapist. I love my work and believe that everyone has the ability to heal within themselves. I provide a creative and open atmosphere that encourages clients to be themselves and allows what needs to become known to present itself in its own way because each client is unique. We may use art or poetry, or sand tray, or we may sit and talk. Every client is invited to take a therapeutic journey all their own, at their own pace to find what they need at this time in their life. I provide a gentle presence allowing the client to be heard and find the support they need. Making an interpersonal connection is so important to me.
My specialties are in art and play therapy which I absolutely love! Anyone can participate in art and play therapy but I always fit the therapy with the person. You don't need to be young or experienced to do art or play therapy! What they do is engage your creative mind in finding new ways of solving problems, or soothing your soul, or shifting out of an old way of being, and that is good for anyone!
Services can be sought for mental health issues, dealing with specific situations, or the desire to achieve greater overall well-being.
I work with individuals from age 2 and up.
- workshops for adults, youth, or children
- feeling heard, seen and understood
- anxiety management
- increased self-awareness
- increased self-esteem
- improved communication skills
- improved coping skills
When working with children and youth I provide ongoing parenting support and mentoring. I offer art therapy groups 3 times a year for women. I run workshops several times a year as well. I occasionally offer workshops, healing-arts groups for children, youth or adults, retreats, and parenting groups.
CRPO-College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
CATA-Canadian Art Therapists Association
CPT-Canadian Play Therapy Association
Myria Rei Solas ReachesPeterborough ON