Michelle Dyer is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Professional Art Therapist. She works with adolescents, young adults, adults and families in private practice. She also facilitates arts-based workshops and has a personal arts practice.
Michelle’s primary model of counselling is art therapy, offering a strength-based and client-centered perspective. She practices from a feminist lens and a foundation of person-centered therapy, with a focus in other mindfulness-based practices that are rooted in attachment theory and neuroscience research. Art therapy is a dynamic, body-centered approach for self-discovery utilizing art materials, play and creative processes to work through personal, interpersonal, and familial challenges including anxiety and depression. The benefits of art therapy are numerous: clients can learn to express and regulate emotions (verbally and non-verbally), process then transform trauma, and use creative materials to neurologically shift problematic thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
In her work as a therapist, Michelle models secure attachment and offers pertinent and creative interventions. Michelle’s holistic approach acknowledges clients’ courage, resiliency and inner resources as part of their individual healing journeys. Michelle’s hope is to hold therapeutic space alongside individuals and families so they can feel safe, understood, and heard. She believes that individual and familial healing and empowerment leads to social advocacy and change.