The heart of Trish’s care philosophy is warm, positive, client-centered engagement from a strengths-based perspective. She believes that building competencies, facilitating communication and practicing loving and healthy boundaries within the context of a client’s identified community, family, work environment is essential to support growth and positive change. As Trish engages with a client, she sees this as both a profound trust and a deep privilege. Her priority and passion are to accompany clients through the process, holding them safe, as they endeavor to go deeper in pursuit of insight and meaningful transformation.
Trish’s professional career includes significant experience in the fields of art therapy, counselling, and conflict management. She attributes her success in these areas of practice to strong skills in needs-based assessment, empathetic listening, assertive communication and creative and practical problem solving driven by warm genuine care.
Her counselling and art therapy practice have been focused on children and youth in public and alternate school systems, men and women with mental health and addiction challenges (both abstinence-based and harm reduction models), family and couples therapy working from a Gottman and Emotion Focused Therapy background. Trish also has significant training and experience in the field of grief and loss: whether that is health/aging/end of life challenges, separation/divorce, death of loved ones, personal tragedy or crucial life changes.
For Trish, personal art-making is very important as a commitment to self-care, a mode of self-expression and a form of meditation or flow-state. She enjoys painting, sketching, crafting, sculpting and photography, doing various kinds of special projects and private and institutional commissions. She finds much inspiration from nature, often working natural materials into her artwork. She enjoys nature walks and yoga and loves regular quality time with friends and family.