Our Team

Our Team 2019-12-17T14:57:26+00:00

 

 

 

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.

 

Emily Takefman
Clincial Social Worker

Emily is a clinical social worker, specialized in working with children, teenagers and youth, and parents. Emily completed her studies at McGill School of Social Work (MA). She uses techniques from play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing in her practice.

Emily has experience working with individuals and families with behavioural disorders, anxiety, self-esteem, peer relations and at-risk behaviours. Emily can also provide her clients with psychosocial assessments, which can help generate a better picture of strengths, resources and obstacles in a client’s life. This type of assessment is especially helpful when looking at a child’s behaviour in different contexts: at school, at home and with peers.

Emily’s approach is client-centered and she believes that her role is to help her clients help themselves in an area of their lives that they are ready to work on. She works with clients to set SMART goals and provide guidance on how to achieve them.

 

Cara Rosa
Art Therapy Intern

Cara Rosa is a third-year student in the Master of Counselling: Art Therapy program. Throughout her practicum, Cara works with children, adolescents, and adults. She works with individual 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.