"Creative people do not see things merely for what they are;
they see them for what they can be."
– Julie Israel
DBCSAT, TPP, BA
Tracy is an art and play-based therapist with 15 years of experience providing counselling services to children, youth and families. Early intervention has been the focus of her career. She has extensive experience working with individuals within the education system, healthcare system, First Nation’s communities, Victim Services, Ministry of Social Services, adoptions and non-profit organizations. She works exclusively with children and youth 2-17 with diverse social, emotional, mental health and behavioural challenges. Tracy specializes in the areas of parent-child attachment, challenging behaviours, trauma, anxiety, and grief/loss.
Tracy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, a Graduate-Level Diploma in Art Therapy from the British Columbia School of Art Therapy, and a Therapeutic Play Practitioner Certificate from the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute. Tracy has advanced training in Theraplay, Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapies, Circle of Security, Solution-Focused Therapy, and in using various art mediums. She is guided by the Canadian Art Therapy Association Code of Ethics.
Tracy uses a variety of art materials, play-based activities, games, books, puppets and sandtray to help her clients to use creative means to work through difficulties. She believes that it is important to journey alongside her clients as they gain insight into their difficulties, discover their inner resources, take risks, overcome obstacles, express themselves therapeutically, learn coping strategies, and strengthen their relationships. Clients appreciate how Tracy is down-to-earth, attentive to their needs, supportive and non-judgmental.
Krystal is passionate about working with individuals to help them realize their potential through the use of the arts. She works with all age levels both individually and in groups to help them in their healing journey. Using skills acquired through personal experiences as well as through her studies with the Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Krystal aims to create a safe space to reconnect individuals with their own inner knowing. She uses a trauma-informed and person-centred therapeutic approach. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Graduate-Level Diploma in Art therapy and has completed the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program. Krystal specializes in the areas of anxiety and depression. She has a special interest in assisting individuals in the helping professions as well as working with older adults. Flexible appointments can be arranged during the day, evening or weekends.