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.
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.
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 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.
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).
Katie specializes in working with children and youth living with anxiety disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self-esteem difficulties, and behaviour problems. She also specializes in working with adults living with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities. These include, but are 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. 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.
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 individuals aged 13 and up. 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.
Beyond the Bridge Books
Dinos Have Emotions is a therapeutic children’s book that explores ten unique Dinos and their emotions: Sadness, Happiness, Anger, Love, Disgust, Gratitude, Fear, Hope, Shame, and Pride. The focus of this book is to help children and their grown-ups tackle every-day struggles with emotional regulation. The second half of the book contains 19 different coping skills that promote self-regulation.
The cost is $22 (tax included) per book.
You can find copies available at our centre. If you are not local to Summerside, reach out to us via email and we will make shipping or drop off arrangements.
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
Cost of Services
Our services are $120 ($138 with HST) per session.
This includes the initial Intake Session.
Group art therapy sessions up to 5 members cost $150. With taxes it comes to $172.50.
Group art therapy sessions above 5 members cost $200 (plus taxes) AND an additional charge per person.
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.
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