Melanie Forest
Art Therapist

Melanie graduated with distinction in 2006 from Concordia University earning a Master of Arts in Art Therapy. Melanie is an art therapist specialised in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She provides sessions in English and French and uses techniques from different approaches such as art therapy, play therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and mindfulness in her practice

Melanie has worked extensively supporting children within the public school system, and working with at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Having years of experience in schools settings, Melanie provides recommendations and interventions that can be shared with school staff to improve the support of children and their families.

Melanie has extensive experience working with individuals who present symptoms in areas such as depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment issues, life transitions, anger and aggression issues, self-esteem and self-confidence issues, relationship issues, and gender identity/sexuality issues, as well as individuals with special needs. Melanie works with children and their families to reduce the presenting problems and help children become mentally and psychologically strong to better cope with unpleasant life events.

 

Cindy Tsay
Art Therapist

Cindy is a Registered Art Therapist (RAT) specialised in relational and emotional health. She is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Cindy has a Master’s degree in art therapy and a post-master’s marriage and family therapy certificate from Bethel Seminary (St Paul). She uses art therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, contextual family therapy, and mindfulness techniques in her practice.

Cindy has experience working with adjustment-related anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, sexual and substance addictions, anger management, and trauma-related symptoms in teens and adults. She works with individuals, couples, and families who are motivated to better their relationships and emotional well-being.

Cindy is a culturally competent therapist and is sensitive to how our larger cultural, spiritual, and family contexts shape the way we experience life and all the transitions in between. Her goal as a therapist is to offer a creative and mindful environment for her clients to develop a greater self-compassion and compassion for others. Cindy is on maternity leave. If you wish to be put on her waiting list, please send an email to info@montrealarttherapy.com

 

Cara Rosa
Art Therapist

Cara Rosa obtained her MA in Counselling with Art Therapy Specialization from Athabasca University and Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. Cara has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She works with individuals with different cultural backgrounds and provides the sessions in English.

Cara has a special interest in using art to explore and develop identity and self-esteem, particularly with women and older adolescents. Cara works from an integrated approach, combining person-centered art therapy with CBT and mindfulness techniques aimed at helping clients attain their therapeutic goals.

 

Émilie Hamel
Art Therapist

Émilie completed her Master’s degree in art-therapy at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). With experience of more than 10 years in working with children and teenagers, she has a comprehensive knowledge of difficulties that can affect children and youth. She also has experience supporting adults in their parenting, relationships, life transitions and mental health issues. Her works with individuals aim to support and improve self-expression and empowerment.

Émilie can provide support for individuals with a history of addiction and cyber-addiction, anxiety, depression, gender or sexual identity/issues, physical or psychological abuse, trauma as well as self-confidence and self-esteem issues, life transitions, anger issues, etc. With a client-centered practice, she applies techniques from different approaches such as gestalt-therapy, psychodynamic approach, cognitive-behavioral-therapy and systematic therapy. Emilie provides art therapy in English and French.

 

Maryam Gerami
Art Therapist

Maryam Gerami completed her MA degree in Art Therapy at Concordia University and has a background in Psychiatry (practiced 11 years in Iran). Maryam is specialized in working with children, teenagers, adults and families. She accompanies her clients in discovering their hidden potentials, in their well-being journey, towards a more fulfilling life by using art therapy, cognitive-behavioral-therapy and psychodynamic techniques in her practice. She has more than a decade of experience working with individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment disorders, relational challenges, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She provides therapeutic sessions in English and Persian/Farsi.

 

Deniz Naji
Art Therapist Intern

Deniz is completing her second year of studies in Art Therapy at UQAT University and WHEAT Institute. Throughout her practicum, she works with children, adolescents and adults both in-person and online. She works through a decolonizing, anti-oppressive, non-binary and trauma-informed lens to enhance resilience and promote recovery. Her aim is to help people improve the clients’ interpersonal relationships, reconnect with themselves and their communities all while using creativity. Deniz can provide art therapy sessions in English and Farsi/Persian.

 
 

Zohra T.
MA Intern (Counselling Psychology)

Zohra is completing her second year of studies in Masters of Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. Zohra has experience in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and also with children with social, emotional and behavioural challenges. She is also experienced in facilitating one-on-one and group workshops for children, adolescents and families. Further, Zohra applies Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, art therapy and play therapy interventions to build on adaptive social, emotional and behaviour strategies, improve emotional regulation skills, develop coping techniques and promote resilience.

At the heart of Zohra’s methods include the practice of working collaboratively with individuals and families, providing a safe and trusting environment that is filled with compassion, respect, empathy and that is free from cultural biases. Zohra builds on and is aware of cultural considerations, strategies and appropriate approaches to meet the needs of each individual client.