Sabrina Yau from On Your Mind Counselling

Hi there, I'm Sabrina.
I'm really excited you're here.

You’ve all heard this before: “Stepping into the world of therapy can be a scary and challenging experience.” Why? It may be because you grew up in an environment or culture where “talking” about your mental health did not exist, was not accepted, or when you did, it was not validated. Know that I actively try to de-stigmatize “going to therapy” as part of my practice.

I believe that everyone has the innate ability to be creative and that the process of creating is what heals our
mind, body, and soul.

I believe that therapy can look different for everyone - as unique individuals we all have different goals in mind. Some individuals engage in therapy to maintain their emotional well-being and balance in their life and/or some want to actively address debilitating mental health concerns. I am here to tell you that there is room for all of this in our work together; I meet you where you are at.

As a Registered Psychotherapist and Professional Art Therapist, I integrate traditional talk therapy with art therapy, also known as counselling art therapy. The short answer for why, is because I am really passionate about this approach and I believe that not everything can be “talked” about.

First, let’s define art therapy: Art therapy is a therapeutic process where a client and therapist engage with various visual art mediums to work towards mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Second, art therapy is for everybody! One common myth and misconception about art therapy is that you have to be an artist to do it - that is not true. All you need to engage in art therapy is a creative mindset. Imagine addressing your mental health from a creative perspective, the options are absolutely endless! Believe me, creativity is innately a part of human evolution; we are all creative and I invite you to ask me about art therapy to see what it can look like for you!

Lastly, being a Chinese Canadian psychotherapist and art therapist, anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices continue to be actively integrated into my work and life. I do this by identifying my personal biases and unlearning and relearning from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) led resources to inform my practice. You can expect that I’ll listen to your experiences and continuously adapt my ways of working with you to support your needs and well-being. I strive to amplify our BIPOC voices in the mental health field and listening to your journey is the first step in creating a safe space for your voice to be heard.

 

I look forward to starting the work with you.

 

Sabrina Yau

MCP:AT, RP

Specialties: Art Therapy, Trauma, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addiction(s), Gender Dysphoria, LGBTQ2S+ Concerns

We Would Be A Good Fit If:

  • You are looking to explore your mental health through creative means - like painting, drawing, or sculpting.
  • You recognize that your mental and emotional health are negatively impacting your wellbeing in everyday life
  • You are struggling to feel at home in your identity
  • You have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event(s) (for example, due to cultural oppression or familial conflict)

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