DISCOVER A SAFE SPACE TO EXPLORE YOUR HEART'S JOURNEY

Please note: During this time of Covid-19 quarantine measures, all sessions will be offered remotely, via secure online video or by telephone, until further notice.

It can be really hard to find time for yourself, and usually you’re just too exhausted. Your days leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and isolated. I can help when you’re feeling overwhelmed and experiencing difficulty coping - with stress, anxiety, grief and depression. Together we can explore strategies to manage your stress and find ways to cope with feelings of frustration and guilt, helping you feel better about yourself. You may find it particularly valuable to learn and develop self-compassion and mindfulness skills.

Over time, the beneficial methods learned in therapy to approaching problems, become tools that you can access independent of the therapist. You can learn to trust in your own ability to manage feelings, solve problems and make decisions. In collaborating together throughout your therapy, you may discover new perspectives not previously evident to you. Increased self-awareness may allow you to gain more control over your own life. Deeper understanding about yourself can contribute to your happiness and success.Taking that first step to reach out, and making the decision to connect with a supportive professional psychotherapist, can result in many benefits of therapy, including:

*greater self-confidence,
*improved mood,
*reduced anxiety and depression,
*effective decision-making,
*more fulfilling relationships,
*increased work satisfaction.

Encaustic artwork by Trish Sai-Chew

Trish Sai-Chew, Registered Psychotherapist

My therapeutic approach is person-centred  and trauma-informed, which means that I will shape your sessions to best suit you and your situation. My aim is to provide an emotionally safe space, offer choices, and support you to move forward in your journey with compassion and understanding. I specialize in supporting those suffering with anxiety, stress, depression, grief and loss. I am uniquely skilled to provide Caregivers Breakaway from Burnout therapy groups for those experiencing a prolonged period of stress and burnout.

EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY

No artistic experience necessary, only a creative curiosity to explore! Expressive Arts Therapy offers the interplay of  visual arts, music, drama, creative writing and movement in exploring the challenges life throws at us. Accessing our creativity helps us to discover hidden inner resources, and can be particularly helpful when traditional talk therapy is restricting our progress.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY

Rather than responding to the reality of a situation, we often automatically react to our own distorted view of what we think is going on. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps us to identify and challenge inaccurate thinking patterns and behaviours that just aren't helpful for us. CBT can be very effective in treating mild and moderate depression, especially when  combined with learning relaxation and mindfulness techniques.

NARRATIVE

THERAPY

Narrative Therapy supports  our recovery from traumatic experiences by uncovering stories of connection and hope, always present in the sidelines. Together we create new narratives that focus on our alternative stories rather than the main, often negative and shaming, storyline which previously defined us. Our sense of personal power is restored with the realization that we can have a positive effect on the shape of our own life.

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."  -  Carl Rogers

expressive arts therapy

Trish Sai-Chew RP; Therapist Bio - Education and training : 

  • I am engaged in on-going Complex Trauma Certification Training Levels 1 & 2 online with Janina Fisher, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center.
  • I have completed Narrative Therapy Training in Responding to Trauma Levels 1 and 2 with the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto. 
  • I earned advanced certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the Continuing and Professional Development and Counseling Psychology Program at OISE/University of Toronto.
  • I am a Graduate of the 3-year Expressive Arts Therapy program at the International School of Interdisciplinary Studies in Toronto, now known as the CREATE Institute.
  • I studied at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland New Zealand, earning a Diploma in Massage Therapy and a Certificate in Holistic Nutrition.
  • I originally earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto.

Clinical Experience :

I have a diverse background, working for over a decade as an Expressive Arts Therapist at a social service agency in Toronto, serving adults with complex developmental disabilities. I previously lived in New Zealand for 10 years, where I developed as an artist and studied holistic and energetic therapies.

I enjoy working one on one with individuals, mindfully drawing on the strengths of each client. I also facilitate arts-based groups, Caregivers Breakaway from Burnout, helping to develop stress-coping resources.  

I contributed to the Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference 2018: Mending What is Broken Between Us as a poster presenter of "A Partnership to Support First Nations Children and Youth".  I am an experienced presenter of workshops to teachers, parents and early childhood educators on the role of creativity and the arts in supporting traumatized children and their caregivers.

Trish Sai-Chew, Registered Psychotherapist

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen" - Brené Brown

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