I am so glad you're here! This can be a big step for a lot of folks - so let's just take a moment to celebrate that you've made it this far.
And now that you're here, let me tell you a little bit about Healing Arts Therapy. This is a counselling and art therapy practice where you can explore your healing and growth in a welcoming and non-judgmental space...with me :) My name is Eaman/Amy Thompson and I have been working in the mental health field providing coaching, counselling services, and workshops for over 15 years. I absolutely love what I do!
I invite you to take a look through my service offerings, read a bit more about me, check out my FAQs, peruse my blog, and then reach out. I offer all clients a free 30-minute consultation. This gives us both an opportunity to see if we'd work well together. I look forward to connecting with you :)
I get a lot of questions about art therapy and the name of my practice. Check out my blog for some more information about both...and a few other things!
Professional Art Therapist | Canadian Certified Counsellor
Note: My parents anglicized my name when I was quite young. You may see both Eaman and Amy on my professional affiliations/degrees. I identify with both names, and will often use them interchangeably.
One-on-one art therapy and counselling sessions for individuals experiencing symptoms related to:
One-on-one sessions for individuals feeling "stuck" professionally. Common concerns/questions explored:
Please note, these are not therapeutic sessions.
Co-designed with your business to support groups of up to 20 staff navigate the workplace challenges emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic. Potential themes include: effective interpersonal communication, boundary setting, and self-care strategies.
BIPOC Group Sessions (Coming Soon)
A six-session art therapy/counselling based support group for BIPOC community members impacted by the current sociopolitical climate. Themes explored include identity, agency, and resilience/protective factors.
Interested in counselling, art therapy, coaching, group and/or any other services? I'd love to hear from you! Fill out the form below and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
All services are currently being provided remotely. Please see the FAQs for more information!
4411 16th Ave NW Calgary, AB, Canada
An online directory of BIPoC resources/supports in Calgary: https://bipocmentalhealthyyc.wordpress.com/community-resources/
A non-profit organization aimed at decolonizing wellness and creating brave spaces of healing the BIPOC community in Calgary: https://thecolourfactor.com/
An online directory of BIPoC therapists and resources across Canada:
An incredible directory of resources for folks embracing anti-racism and unlearning: https://bit.ly/UnlearnResources
Whether you're looking for art therapy, counselling, coaching, or workshop services, I offer all clients a free 30 minute consultation to see if we "click."
You can also read more about what to expect, and what you can ask during a consultation, here: https://healingartstherapy.ca/blog/f/what-is-the-consultation-for
I surveyed both current and prospective clients a few times throughout the last few years, and most expressed a preference for virtual/remote services.
Some of the benefits of remote services: no travel time/parking costs, accessibility for folks in rural/remote communities, can fit into different parts of schedules (e.g., lunch), reduced service cost, etc.
That said, virtual services may not be the best fit for everyone. You can try a virtual appointment out with a free consultation.
Sometimes. Counselling is a process, and any time you're learning to do something new - it can be really hard.
The good news is, I'm right there with you. Together, we can decide on:
The best way to describe my work is that it's eclectic. Although I lean heavily on narrative and arts-based approaches, I am just as invested in trauma-informed, humanistic, person-centered, and mindfulness approaches. I also have experience and training with cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
No, but art therapy principles are still incorporated into my practice - even if we're not making art in session.
It depends on each individual. I've had clients experience success navigating challenging issues within six counselling and/or art therapy sessions, and others like coming to see me once a month for a tune-up. We can decide what's best for your needs together.
I believe counselling should be accessible - and sometimes the biggest barrier is cost. So, please contact me directly to assess your individual situation.
I do not currently offer direct billing. However, I'm happy to provide you with information to submit to your insurance provider to see if my services align with your coverage.
I accept all major credit cards and e-transfers.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, I honor and acknowledge Moh'kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut'ina nations. I acknowledge that this territory is home to the Mêtis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Mêtis homeland. Finally, I acknowledge all Nations - Indigenous and non - who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.