The character means plum blossom. It represents my Chinese name, Amai. It's a symbol of my passion to help others grow, blossom, and mature into healthy beings.

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Emilie Luc, MC:AT
Registered Psychologist, Art Therapist

I have been in the helping profession for over 15 years.  My early work included volunteering as a teacher's assistant to support new immigrants with language skills and customs. I then took this experience with me to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English at an elementary school. I returned to Canada and continued my work with people as a nursing attendant. With each new path I found myself hungry for more meaning and depth in the connections I made with others. After exploring this through counselling, I decided to follow my passion to help and continued my journey as a lifelong learner in the field of psychology.  

My counselling experience is drawn from an amazing group of mentors and clients at a centre where I supported families from diverse socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds who have been affected by domestic violence, abuse, or high conflict separation. I have come full circle now in my current path working with children and youth of immigrant and refugee families to address trauma related issues. This time, I am equipped with experience and skills that allow me to connect and co-create meaning with others and in turn I fulfill my personal mission to help. Through this work, I have witnessed the immense capacity people have for positive growth and development despite the challenges they face. 

I practice from a person-centred perspective, taking into consideration the unique needs of individuals.  My use of imagery, art materials, play, and narrative is aimed at fostering creativity so that you can gain perspective, make meaning, rejuvenate your spirit, and feel empowered with a deeper understanding of Self. I have training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Natural Processing, a somatically-based (body-focussed), process-oriented therapy. 

 

I invite you to connect with me today and take a step toward your personal growth and wellness.

Academic Credentials​

  • Master of Counselling in Art Therapy (MC:AT), Athabasca University

  • Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy, Vancouver Art Therapy Institute

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology major, University of Victoria

Associations

In therapy, I sometimes hear, "I have no words for this". If you choose to, we can explore your situation through imagery and art making. You do not need any art experience to participate in art therapy.

What is Art Therapy?*

  • The research has shown that when people are experiencing stress or trauma, the speech centres in the brain receive less blood (Crenshaw, 2006), hence there is a sense of having "no words". Art is one way to access those centres in a trauma sensitive way (Lyshak-Stalzer, Singer, Patricia, & Chemtob, 2011). Art therapy has the power to bring about processing on a body level through channels that talk therapy cannot access readily (Malchiodi, 2014).

  • Art therapy is the use of imagery, colour, and art materials (markers, paint, pastels, tissue paper, clay) to facilitate expression. In session, you might engage in an art making process and then explore the image and experience with your therapist.

  • Art therapy can be thought of as:

    • a marriage between art and therapy

    • a way of being 

    • another language through which people speak difficult emotions. 

*There are many ways to practice art therapy.  These are my practices based on my own perspective of the theories that resonate with me.

 

Crenshaw, D. A. (2006). Neuroscience and trauma treatment: Implications for creative arts therapists. In L. Carey (Ed.), Expressive and creative arts methods for trauma survivors [ebrary version] (pp. 21-37).

London, England: Jessica Kingsley. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com

Lyshak-Stelzer, R., Singer, P., St. John, P., & Chemtob, C.M. (2007). Art therapy for adolescents with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: A pilot study. Art Therapy, 24(4), 163–169.

doi:10.1080/07421656.2007.10129474

Malchiodi, C. A. (2014). Creative arts therapy approaches to attachment issues. In C. A. Malchiodi & D. A. Crenshaw (Eds.), Creative arts and play therapy for attachment problems (pp. 3-18). New York: The

Guilford Press.

I believe in lifelong learning. Here are some of the trainings and workshops I have attended:​

  • A Natural Processing Perspective for Working Remotely in the Midst of COVIDTaking a Somatic Approach - Webinar, Craig Penner, April 19, 2020

  • Tele-Play Therapy - Webinar, Theresa Fraser, March 22, 2020

  • 8 Phases of EMDR Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Jackie Flynn, March 14 & 15, 2020

  • Natural Processing Part I: Integrating Somatic Psychotherapy with EMDR Therapy, Craig Penner, June 14 to 17, 2018

  • Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity, Lisa Dion, APTA, May 4 & 5, 2018

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy - Basic Training, Ted Olejnik, Trauma Recovery - Humanitarian Assistance Programs, Parts 1 and 2, January 27-29, 2018 & April 27-29, 2018.

  • Sandtray Revisited, Theresa Fraser, APTA, Nov 11, 2017

  • Partners in Play: Adlerian Applications of Play Therapy, Dr. Terry Kottman, The Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Nov 2 & 3, 2017

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Tune-up, Centre for Suicide Prevention, Oct 4, 2017

  • Self-regulation and Anxiety: Making Sense Through Brain Science and Harnessing the Power of Co-regulation, Hannah Sun-Reid, APTA, May 26 & 27, 2017

  • The Art of Loss, Tatjana Jansen, VATI Course, Jan 11 – Mar 7, 2017

  • Decolonization and Intergenerational Trauma, Kathleen Gorman, ACWS, Mar 3, 2017

  • Ethics: Foundations, Forms/Revisions, Consent & Record Keeping, Dawn McBride, ACWS, Feb 21 & 22, 2017

  • Group Therapy Training Workshop, Gabrielle Korell & Dawn McBride, YWCA, Sept 17 & 24, 2016

  • Reinspired: Resource-Building in Expressive Arts Therapies, Jenne Newman & Carmen Richardson, APTA, April 8 & 9, 2016

  • All In the Family: The Creative Use of Play in Family Therapy, Greg Lubimiv, APTA, Nov 21, 2015

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT-informed), Lana Bentley, YWCA, Aug 29, 2015

  • Using Popular Culture in Work with Children & Teens, Cyndi Starzyk-Frey, APTA, May 29, 2015

  • Unique Issues in Working with LGBTQ Communities, Jane Oxenbury & Cindy Willet, YWCA, April 30, 2015

  • Putting the Pieces Together Through Play: Healing Trauma and Attachment Wounds, Paris Goodyear-Brown, APTA, April 17 & 18, 2015

  • Expressive Arts Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma in Children and Adolescents: A Four-Phase Model, Carmen Richardson, APTA, Feb 27, 2015

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Centre for Suicide Prevention, Nov 20 & 21, 2014

  • Domestic Violence 101, Gary Gibbens, YWCA, Sept 23, 2014

  • Summary of Neurosequential Model Symposium, Rhonda Kent, YWCA, Sept 11, 2014

  • Good Grief 1, Hospice Calgary, Sage Centre, Apr 10 - May 17, 2013

  • Volunteer Training, Hospice Calgary, Sage Centre, Apr 10 – May 29, 2012

  • Aboriginal Awareness, Distress Centre, June 2, 2011

  • Calgary Police Service Hostage Negotiation Information, Distress Centre, Jan 24, 2011

  • Volunteer Training, Distress Centre, Nov 16 – Dec 7, 2010

Panorama Hills NW, Calgary, Alberta

403-399-8488

amaicounselling@gmail.com

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