No! Artistic talent or training is not necessary.

You just need the willingness to use your natural creativity to explore personal issues, in a safe , supportive and confidential environment.

“But I don't have the time!”

1 ½ – 2 hours a week counselling session is all that is needed. And the benefits are tremendous.

“Isn't it just for the mentally ill?”

I have worked with children, youth, adults, seniors - people of all ages and walks of life. I have worked with those with ongoing issues of trauma or abuse, relationship problems, emotional difficulties, those with behaviour issues – and those who just need a listening ear or a time of quiet.

“Isn't it expensive?”

The benefits of weekly counselling sessions out weigh the cost.



Mary Stanwood,


Mary Stanwood, BAA, DVATI

I have a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education, and a Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I have taken workshops in sand play, puppetry, storytelling, and play therapy with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy. My experience includes counselling and therapy with children, youth, adults and seniors in various settings. In my spare time I love to scrapbook. I live and work out of Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, located between Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge (just outside of Vancouver).