Mission Statement

At Beyond the Bridge Therapy Centre, it is our aim to work collaboratively with our clients on their self-directed therapeutic journey. We want people to know they can be resilient in the face of darkness and we ensure that this is a safe, inclusive, and confidential place for people to express themselves.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is based on the philosophy that individuals tend to incorporate faulty thinking, which leads to emotional and behavioural disturbances. Therapy primarily focuses on cognitive and behavioural distortions, and stresses the role of thinking, deciding, questioning, doing, and re-deciding. CBT utilizes treatment interventions that are action oriented and incorporates learning processes which include acquiring and practicing new skills and challenging faulty thinking patterns.

Solution Focused Therapy

The goals of SFT are to change the way clients view their current problems, while learning strategies to cope with their present and future circumstances. The therapist and client collaboratively establish clear, specific, concrete goals to promote/increase positive changes. SFT focuses on externalizing problems and looking for exceptions to the problem. SFT utilizes treatment interventions that highlight clients’ strengths and improve coping skills.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is an expressive and self-reflective process that involves psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology. It uses art and the creative process to therapeutically explore and resolve emotional conflicts, develop self-awareness and social skills, build problem solving skills, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.

Art therapy can provide children, adolescents, and adults the opportunity for emotional healing and personal growth.

Drawing, painting, sculpting, clay work, crafting, sewing, collage, embroidery, and construction are just some of the many creative paths a person can use during art therapy.

About Us

Stephanie Dawson

Stephanie graduated from the nationally recognized Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Athabasca University with her master’s of counselling degree with specialization in counselling psychology. During her studies, Stephanie completed a 500-hour internship under the supervision of a registered psychologist. Stephanie’s thesis dissertation is entitled, “Effects of Adlerian Birth Order and Disabilities on Sibling Relational Dynamics: An Inclusive Heuristic Inquiry.” Stephanie is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the Prince Edward Island Counselling Association (PEICA). In addition to her master’s degree, Stephanie holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) where she majored in psychology and minored in biology.

Stephanie takes a holistic approach to her work with children, families, and individuals. Through the process of personal, professional, and academic development, Stephanie offers an integrative therapeutic approach. To meet the unique needs of each client, Stephanie utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT).

Stephanie has lived on PEI for her entire life. She is married with three beautiful children whose relationships guide her interest in sibling and family dynamics.

Katie Murray

Katie graduated in 2017 from the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI) which is located in Nelson, British Columbia. KATI is an accredited institute and is recognized by both the BC Art Therapy Association and the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA). As part of the requirements for graduating, Katie completed 700 hours of clinical work, two years of theoretical course work, two years of personal therapy, and wrote a thesis entitled, “It Takes a Village: The Value of Co-Creation in School-Based Art Therapy.” Katie is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and a member of the Prince Edward Island Counselling Association (PEICA). In addition to her art therapy training, Katie has a bachelor’s degree of arts from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI).

Throughout her two years of practicum, Katie worked with a variety of clients ranging from 4 years to 70+ years. Katie specialized in working with children and youth living with anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self-esteem difficulties, and behaviour problems. She also focused her training with adults living with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. These included, but were not limited to: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Down syndrome.

Katie was born and raised in Prince Edward Island and has always had a passion for art and creativity. Growing up, she knew she wanted to do something art related for a career, but didn’t know what exactly. When she found out about art therapy, she knew right away that was what she wanted to pursue. She travelled to Nelson, BC to begin her training and fell in love with art therapy. Katie is eager and excited to share the benefits of art therapy with others.

Hours

Monday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday CLOSED

Cost of Services

Our services are $115 (tax included) for an hour long session.
This includes the initial Intake Session.

Every insurance company is different and each insurance plan is unique. Some health insurance companies may cover our therapy services, depending on the individual’s insurance plan, but we do not do direct billing.

It is up to our clients to submit their receipts to be reimbursed, if covered under their personal health insurance.

Contact Us

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