Covid 19 Pandemic Update
*Please note that I am unable to accept new clients at this time.
Clients have the option to meet with me through the secure, PIPEDA compliant, telemedicine video software called Doxy, via telephone, or in-person.
My mission, at Halifax Art Therapy, is to promote well-being and empower clients to explore, understand, manage, and heal mental health challenges by combining psychotherapy with 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.
WHAT WILL SESSIONS LOOK LIKE?
In alignment with my person centered approach to therapy, the role that art making plays in therapy varies depending on individual needs. With this said, I have found over the years that most sessions fall into one of the structures below:
1. Tapping into your creative flow and intuition: I support and accompany you as you dive into your inner world, create space to experience creative flow, and build on your self-trust. Focus is placed on the creative process, the resulting products, and what the art is revealing to you. It is very common to explore symbols that surface in the artworks and the personal meaning attached to them.
2. Mind mapping/emotional check-in: Some clients like to begin our sessions by engaging in a check-in exercise where they externalize all of the thoughts and feelings occupying their mind. Clients use any art material(s) to represent each of their thoughts and emotions on paper or canvas. This mind-map, or emotional check-in, serves as a guide for the remainder of the session as it reflects back key points of your recent experience. This practice can help folks slow down, reflect, feel a sense of groundedness, and begin to organize their experience before diving into the talk-therapy portion of the session.
3. Self-reflective exercises: Occasionally clients read out to me because they want to build on their self-reflective and/or self-soothing tools and are interested in learning specific art-therapy exercises to facilitate this. A few sessions may be booked with each session focused on a different exercise for self-reflection. I take a more directive approach in these sessions, and also facilitate self-reflection and exploration of the process.
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.
The main approaches I use in therapy are person-centered, emotionally focused, and strengths based. I am passionate about helping my clients develop a healthier self-relationship. I provide counselling therapy to folks who may be feeling stuck, or experiencing anxiety, low mood and depression, and other related issues. I provide support to those navigating transitional periods, and I have much experience working with young adults who may be struggling, or are overwhelmed by the expectations, pressures, or challenges that occur during the post high-school period. I also have experience supporting those who are grieving a loss, or seeking personal development.
I provide Art Therapy as a supportive adjunct therapy for those who experience some other mental health difficulties such as, but not limited to, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and BPD. Please reach out if you would like to add Art Therapy to your wellness plan and we can discuss working together.
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
SCHEDULE A SESSION
To book an appointment, contact me via the email address or telephone number listed below. Please note: I generally tend to emails and phone messages on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during regular business hours, so it could take between 1-4 days to hear back.
If you are in crisis and need assistance please contact the 24/7/365 crisis text line at 686868, the 24/7/365 Mental Health Mobile Crisis line at 1 (888) 429-8167 (Toll Free), or if you are in immediate danger please present to the ER or call 911.
3136 Isleville Street, Suite 203