Types of therapy offered: Art therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Mindfulness-based and attachment-based therapy. Narrative therapy.
Ages of specific groups of clients: Youth to adults
Group, family, couple, or individual: Individuals, families, and groups
Specializations: Adults and youth who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and challenges related to trauma, low self-esteem and parenting. Individuals who are neurodiverse (with autism, learning disorders, or intellectual challenges). LGBTQ friendly.
Treatment to alleviate what problems: Anxiety, depression, stress, addictions, attachment issues, trauma, grief, and parenting guidance.
Vanya is a Certified Clinical Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She is a member of the Canadian Art Therapist Association (CATA) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapist Association.
Vanya is a professional art therapist who received her Masters-level training from Concordia University in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. Vanya finds using a creative approach invaluable when working with young people and their families—especially as a means to communicate and express what words cannot.
Vanya has much experience working with Indigenous people both in reserve communities and in urban settings, and has worked in cross-cultural contexts with a focus on interventions that address trauma, collective healing, personal agency, and self-esteem building. She has worked in a variety of settings from clinical to community, which typically included working with children, families, and women. She spent three wonderful years living and working in the northern Cree community of Eastmain, Quebec.
Vanya enjoys anything art-related. She likes swimming, gardening, yoga, and spending time outdoors with family. She has travelled widely in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and Latin America. She retains a soft spot for Montreal. She offers counselling in French.