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Burlington

Email: info@arterie.ca

Phone: 905-333-2717

Address: 384 Guelph Line

Burlington, L7R 3L4

Mississauga

Email: info@arterie.ca

Phone: 416-455-1492

Address: 4291 Village Centre Court, Suite 202, Mississauga, L4Z 1S2

Toronto

Email: info@arterie.ca

Phone: 647-469-4152

Psychotherapy is a broad term for all psychological therapies. It’s a process of self-discovery and healing that is facilitated by a trained professional in a safe and confidential environment. It’s about seeing yourself anew through your therapist's radically nonjudgemental perspective to allow for more empathy for yourself, those you love, those you struggle with, and any others you seek to understand.

The therapy relationship is made to help you sift through your thoughts, feelings and actions, and figure out how they fit together. Our role is to help you express yourself more fully, to see yourself more clearly, and to help you change the things you want to change — so that your relationship with yourself as well as with others becomes richer and more fulfilling.

ART THERAPY

Art therapy is a unique branch of psychotherapy that uses the creative process of art making to improve the well-being of individuals of all ages. Because art is a visual language, it accesses aspects of our experiences in a different way than verbal language. Art therapy is an effective treatment modality for adults as well as children, as it helps to reach where words cannot. Sometimes our experiences don't fit well into words. Turmoil, sadness, anger, anxiety and confusion can make it necessary to go beyond talking. Art-making allows us to explore complicated or unspeakable feelings. Through the art therapy process, these issues may come to light and become speakable, thereby creating more possibilities for healing and promoting personal growth. 

Art therapy clients are able to deal with the same kinds of issues they would deal with in conventional talk therapies, however, they engage in the therapy by working with art materials as well as talking with the Art Therapist. The proportion of art making to talking, and the precise way in which the two forms of communication are blended together for therapeutic effect, will vary according to your needs and the presenting situation. 

You don’t need any special talent or experience with art to benefit from art therapy. It’s about using art materials to help inspire your inner-work, within a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship.

CHILD THERAPY

Children have unique access to a language that we often forget as adults – play and creativity. As therapists, we pay careful attention to what children communicate through play and the arts. We know what child development looks like when it is impeded, and when it flourishes. We have worked with children who suffer from a wide range of mental health and emotional challenges, such as mental illness, complicated grieving, trauma, and much more.

There is evidence that child depression and anxiety are predictive of these illnesses in adulthood. So while therapy can be a big investment for a family, it can set a child on a course for a happier life through adulthood. Working with adults has inspired us to specialize in child and adolescent development and treatment. Often, adult clients have said they wish they would have had a professional therapist to help them navigate grief, conflict, and trauma as a child.

We use our training in close observation and child development to help make sense of a child's difficulties as they communicate with them through play, drawing, words and behaviour, so that the child is more able to put into words the thoughts and feelings that lie behind their troubling behaviour. We tailor our approach to the individual child.

The relationship between the child and the therapist is central to treatment. The therapist is open, receptive and attuned to whatever the child/adolescent has to communicate. This allows the young person to trust and understand that he or she will not be punished, humiliated or rejected when expressing his or her hopes, fears and expectations, which govern his or her perceptions of the world and motivate his or her behaviour.

We observe a child’s interactions with family and with ourselves the therapists, as well as his or her art and play to get a detailed picture of what is going on inside them. Together with parents, we support healing and growth towards maturity. In our work, we often see dramatic improvements in children’s behaviours, relationships, and self-esteem.

PARENT COACHING

We cultivate creative responses to family sized dilemmas. Whether your family is married, separated, divorced, or co-parenting and cohabiting, we can help you navigate complicated relationships for stronger emotional and mental well-being for your entire family. 

 

We are passionate about helping families solve common problems and build solid foundations for lasting and harmonious relationships, including finding ways to:

  • Effectively communicate with your child

  • Understand and cope with your child’s feelings and behaviour

  • Navigate difficult adolescent years

  • Find meaning in your child's art and play

We design workshops for your family to connect and communicate, all in a therapeutic and creative environment. Bring your questions for consultation or invite us to speak at a school, community centre or workplace on the topic of parenting. Get in touch to learn more.  

PSYCHOTHERAPY

Often, people usually seek psychotherapy when they have thoughts, feelings, moods and behaviours that are adversely affecting their day-to-day lives, relationships and the ability to enjoy life. Understanding why why things have broken down and how to deal with them on your own can be deeply difficult to untangle alone. The purpose of psychotherapy is to give you some experienced, non-judgmental help that will allow you understand your thoughts and feelings in a new and meaningful way. Over time, this can lead to lasting and purposeful change. 

Psychotherapy is a conversation, a back-and-forth collaboration in which listening and talking alternate on both sides of the therapeutic partnership. Psychotherapy focuses on understanding yourself, and the origins of the issues we face, in a new or deeper way, in order to live a more rewarding life and have healthier relationships with yourself and others. The more fully you can see and understand yourself, the more symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fear can dissolve. As a result, things will start falling into place, and nagging problems will become easier to resolve.  

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Every session is a snowflake, but...

A typical session might go like this: You might sit on the couch or at the art table to start drawing, painting, or doodling. You might want to talk while you’re doing this, or you might want to work in silence - either are okay with us.

Although we may have advanced training, we can’t read your mind or your art. The goal is for us to make meaning from your words, pictures, and body language. When you feel finished, we can talk about what you've made or spoken about, and what we see, how it relates to other images and observations you’ve made and to what you’ve told us about yourself. In the art, we might see new connections between your thoughts and feelings and the pictures — and this may lead to your making another picture, either during this session or after.

 

In the beginning, we will meet a few times to talk about what you’re struggling with, for us to get a sense of each other, sort out practical questions, and for you to share something about your history. Next, your therapist will ask you to come every week (or sometimes more or less often). Within this 50 minute time frame, you’re free to express yourself in speech, art, play: any way that feels right to express what’s on your mind. You may also find that as we work together, you start telling a story in pictures and words, which helps both of us make sense of your life and your struggles, and gives you a different perspective than you’ve had before. Throughout the process, your therapist will guide you wherever it seems necessary, ask questions, and make comments that aim to help you see yourself and what’s going on better.

Some reasons you might seek therapy or be referred for therapy may include:

  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Addiction 

  • Adoption issues

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Attachment disorders

  • Bullying

  • Confusion about life choices

  • Depression

  • Developmental delays

  • Divorce and separation

  • Eating disorders and body image issues

  • Grief 

  • Low self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Oppositional issues

  • Parenting difficulties

  • Relationship problems or trouble with friends

  • Self-harm

  • Sexuality

  • Shyness or social anxiety

  • Stress and self-care

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Trauma

Get in touch to discuss how therapy can help you.