Covid 19 Pandemic Update
Most therapy sessions are currently being held through the secure, PIPEDA compliant, telemedicine software called Doxy, or via telephone, except for when it is clinically more beneficial to meet in-person. I am currently accepting new clients, and can provide telecounselling to anyone living in Nova Scotia.
My mission, at Halifax Art Therapy, is to promote well-being and cultivate healthy change by empowering clients to explore, understand, manage, and heal mental health challenges through the creative process.
ART THERAPY IS FOR EVERYONE
Art making experience is not required, only curiosity and an openness to using the creative process for self-knowing and healing.
Megan Boyle, MA, RCT-C
Art Therapist & Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate
Welcome to Halifax Art Therapy, and thank you for considering me to work with and support you on your journey towards wellness!
As I reflect back, I can identify my path to becoming an Art Therapist beginning many years ago, as an adolescent who reaped the therapeutic benefits of having a creative practice during that stage of development. Art making provided me with an outlet for self expression, a space to quiet my mind and enter a flow state, it allowed me to build on and explore my ever developing identity, and it aided me in building confidence as I developed and mastered skills. I became especially passionate, however, about the role that art making can play in psychotherapy and healing more serious mental health difficulties during early adulthood when I used art making to help explore, understand, and process my own experiences with anxiety and depression.
My personal experiences lead me to obtain an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Fine Arts, from St. Francis Xavier University and later a Master's in Creative Arts Therapies specialized in Art Therapy, from Concordia University. It is through the combination of my formal counselling education and my lived experience that I am able to bring a unique depth of knowledge and support to clients.
I am registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, and I maintain the professional standards of practice outlined by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
My approach to therapy is person-centered, emotionally focused, and strengths based. I strive to empower each of my clients to recognize, activate, and build on their tools for achieving and maintaining mental and emotional well-being. I am informed by modern attachment theory, and know that important relational change and healing may occur through the client-therapist relationship. Additionally, my experience with yoga, meditation, and mindfulness-based stress reduction has contributed to the integration of mindfulness-based art therapy as a tool for emotion regulation in my practice.
INDIVIDUAL ART THERAPY & MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING SESSIONS
$125/hr (tax included). If your insurance plan includes services with Registered Counselling Therapists you will be able to submit your receipt for reimbursement.
I specialize in working with young adults who may be struggling with anxiety and depression, or are overwhelmed by the expectations, pressures, or challenges that occur during the post high-school transition period.
I provide one-on-one counselling to anyone struggling with anxiety, depression such as major depression and suicidal ideation, and complex trauma and attachment difficulties including borderline personality disorder.
I also provide support to anyone navigating difficult transitional periods, grieving a loss, or seeking personal development.
*The balance of talk and art therapy in individual sessions is based on the clients need, and interest, and varies session to session.
ART THERAPY WORKSHOPS
Price Varies - Contact for Quote
I provide themed Art Therapy workshops to promote wellness through art making. It is my intention, with each workshop, to create space where individuals can slow down, let go, and use the creative process for self reflection, and to reveal the needs of their mind, body, and spirit.
*For information on upcoming workshops please follow our Facebook page @halifaxarttherapy
CONSULTATION ON BECOMING AN ART THERAPIST AND SETTING UP PRIVATE PRACTICE
$50/hr (tax included)
If you are interested in becoming an Art Therapist and have questions about Concordia's MA program or about the profession in general, or are interested in setting up a private counselling practice, I would be happy to set up a consultation with you in person or over the phone.
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1226 Hollis Street, Suite 103