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Art Therapy

By Melanie Brakel | December 17, 2020

Why choose art therapy? Choosing to engage in therapy can take great strength and courage. Add image-making into the mixture and it’s no wonder that art therapy can come across as an intimidating form of therapy. For many of us, making art may fall into the category of childhood memories. Chalk, tempera paint, glue sticks, and colouring pages may come to mind. Our thoughts of image making may become further complicated when we add identity into the equation. Moving past our elementary years, many of us distanced ourselves from creative expression and especially from the label, “artist”. So, if you…

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Art Therapy

By Melanie Brakel | November 30, 2020

Art therapy uses a combination of psychotherapy and the creative process to help facilitate personal insight and understanding.

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Off to High School

By Erica Eugenio | September 1, 2018

Being in high school tends to be a big milestone for many students not just in terms of their academic life but also because this is where they will spend most of their teenage years. High school can be a setting that provides more freedom to students as compared to middle school and this can be a big change. Not only that, but high school also offers many new experiences in terms of school clubs, courses and the many new friends and peers that students tend to meet.

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Addiction Treatment

By Erica Eugenio | October 3, 2017

The most difficult step when it comes to overcoming substance use is admitting that it is happening. If an individual is using substances whether it is alcohol or drugs, he or she will likely be unable or unmotivated to address the issue unless that person is aware that the behaviour is problematic. After reaching that level of awareness, the next step would be to determine the level of addiction in order to be able to form a general idea of what treatment option may be needed.

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Leaving Home for the First Time

By Erica Eugenio | September 27, 2017

Leaving home for the first time can be both very exciting and very scary. On the one hand, you may feel like this is your chance to be able to make decisions for yourself without constantly needing to ask for permission from parents. At the same time making decisions and figuring things out on your own can also feel stressful. Leaving home for the first time is a big new experience, especially because you may have to consider doing things that you may not have done before such as cooking, doing laundry, maybe even booking a doctor’s appointment. In addition to that, you may also have to find your way around a big campus, if going to university, meet many new people, and go to lectures where you may have to do a lot more independent work than you probably did in high school.

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* Our free meet and greet is intended to enable you to determine whether therapy, and the therapist is right for you. We will discuss your needs and together determine how to move forward.

Erica & Melanie

Erica Eugenio, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker/Sandtray Therapist

Melanie Brakel, DTATI, RP
Registered Psyschotherapist/Art Therapist


(226) 343-7888