People start to heal the moment they feel heard. ~CHERYL RICHARDSON
In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety. ~ ABRAHAM MASLOW

We repeat what we don’t repair. ~CHRISTINE LANGLEY-OBUAGH

Stay close to people who feel like sunshine, rainbows or moonbeams. ~ ANONYMOUS

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ~ CARL ROGERS

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” ~SHANNON ALDER

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin. ~ ANTHONY ROBBINS
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. ~JAMIE PAOLINETTI

 

Live your best life!

Do you want to move forward with the “issues” that are holding you back?

Do you struggle to find balance between work, life and play?

Have you tried other talk methods of therapy that didn’t resolve your complaints?

Are you in tune with your body and want to find healing on a kinesthetic level?

Do you want to be emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually healthier?

Therapy can help bring out the best in you. Working with a therapist opens you up to a world of possibilities, inspiration, happiness and the fulfillment of dreams. Find the answers to your biggest challenges by working with a counsellor that assists you in discovering your greatest strengths and natural resilience by connecting to ones senses, the body and inner wisdoms.

Feeling disconnected from your body, your intuition or a sense of wellness?

Hello there! I’m Tracey and I’m super passionate about helping you live a life of your fullest potential. I’m here to help you connect to your heart-mind-body, create a life of purpose, get relief from the demands of life, and find greater happiness within.

You are in the right place if you are:

  • Dissatisfied with your ability to cope with life’s many demands
  • Feeling scared and alone in the face of mental health challenges like anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder
  • Struggling to deal with your child or youth’s ability to handle school, homework or social engagements
  • Have experienced a disconnection or dissociated from your body
  • Need help mending your heart due to grief, loss or bereavement

 

I work with children, teens and women, helping clients who are suffering from anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, grief/loss, chronic pain and trauma. We may use visual arts, creative writing, play therapy or movement in a session, but my therapy sessions also involve talk therapy where you are truly heard and deeply supported. You may not know who to turn to, how to find freedom from your pain, or where to find the answers you seek. Either way, I want to help. My passion is bringing others to a place where they realize they do have the strength to interpret, and resolve life’s challenges, overwhelming demands, and emotional disturbances.

 

My aim is to give you a ‘safe space’ – not to give you advice or tell you what I think your ‘real’ problem is. Instead, my style of therapy guides you come to your own revelations about yourself. These revelations can then become your source of healing. Ultimately, the answers to your life’s concerns, fears, depressions and traumas are contained within you. My role is to help you learn to use your intuition – your inner wisdom (if you will) – so you can begin to heal from what’s bothering you. Starting from a strengths-focused perspective, I believe that people already have within them much of what is needed… its my job to help you bring that forward and to help you find it. You are your own expert on yourself -no one knows you better than you do. Collaboratively, I work with you and for you to help you uncover the solutions that will make a difference in your life.

 

All of the types of counsellling that I use are client-centered, from focusing oriented therapy to expressive arts therapy to body centered psychotherapy. Working with a counsellor that truly listens to you and walks with you on your difficult journey helps to further the development of healing and processing old wounds. We go through the therapeutic process as a team, building a relationship based on trust, mutual purpose, understanding and respect. The goal of my presence is to provide you with an environment that instills calmness and confidence, without any judgement – helping to empower you to reach your highest potential and helping you to feel like you are the creator of your universe.

Services include:

Self Esteem Counselling
Stress Management Counselling
Anxiety Counselling
Depression Counselling
Bipolar Disorder Counselling
Chronic Pain Counselling
Grief and Loss Counselling
Women’s Wellness Counselling
Trauma Counselling
Inner Critic Counselling
Creativity Counselling
Heart Math Biofeedback
Children’s Play Therapy

Serving Surrey, South Surrey, White Rock and Langley

 

Services I do not provide:

Couples counselling
Suicide ideation
Self-harming
Addiction
Alcohol abuse
Drug abuse
Anger management
Dissociative disorders

Enjoy therapy sessions where you are truly heard

 

When you are heard, you can begin to heal. I truly believe that the best therapy modality is one that relies on the strength of the client to come to a catharsis of their own self. To get to this point, you (as the client) need to be able to express yourself freely, without judgement. And, without relying on external advice. Being heard is not just about a therapist or external person listening to what you have to say. It can also involve listening to yourself. Our own ‘whispering truths’ often get suppressed, as our way of dealing with life.

My role as a therapist is to help you uncover emotions, sensations, habits, mannerisms and beliefs that go unnoticed through life’s journey – whether good or bad. Believe me: we all have them. Many of us don’t even know these things are still affecting us, not to mention our relationships.

To heal properly, it’s important to first find these truths about ourselves. Then, with continual effort, we can begin to live happily, and freely – the way we should.

Contact me for more information today:  (778) 389-9234, tracey@innerwisdomexpressivearts.com

A few things I’ve learned through Expressive Arts Therapy:

  • There are no artistic skills required to do Expressive Arts Therapy
  • It’s the journey and the process that matters most
  • There’s no “right” way to do the art
  • Just show up, and just create with no expectation or idea to guide you
  • Surrender to the idea of not being able to control things and just play
  • Try to stay out of critical mind and ignore the voices
  • Allow your heart and inner wisdom to give you a message
  • It’s possible to connect to a more soulful part of ourselves through the arts
  • We can get insight and messages that come through that can help us

Ready to meet me as your Surrey counsellor? I’m eager to help!

 

If you’re considering therapy or Expressive Arts Therapy in Surrey,  I’m happy to help. I also provide counselling services in anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, stress management, chronic pain and self-esteem in South Surrey, White Rock, or Langley (or the Fraser Valley). I am also available remotely if you’re from another city, or willing to travel. I invite you to get in touch, so we can get to know each other. There’s no commitment, and no obligation imposed on you by calling. We can talk, and find out if we’re a fit to work together!

 

Choosing the right therapist for you is important. You can feel free to ask me the questions you want to know about your situation, or my services. All ages and levels of art making are welcome.

 

Contact me for more information today:
(778) 389-9234 or tracey@innerwisdomexpressivearts.com

“Each of us has a unique part to play in the healing of the world.”



Marianne Williamson

EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY and ART THERAPY

I teach you to find more play in your life through the therapy of the imagination.

IS EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

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Using the arts to say what words can not
The great thing about art is that it can help us find truths about ourselves without using words, and without needing to be logical. Art is also therapeutic and relaxing in itself. Expressive Art Therapy can involve painting, song, poetry, dance, movement, drama, clay or sand tray work, and so on. The idea with Expressive Arts Therapy is that, during the process of creative expression, metaphoric themes emerge. These noticeable traits can jump start an inquiry into the soul. From here, therapy for emotional healing starts to take shape.

FOCUSING ORIENTED THERAPY

I help you get in tune with your senses to release trauma.

HOW CAN FOCUSING HELP YOU?

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In this type of therapy, we pay special attention to symptoms of emotional distress that are easily ‘drowned out’ by the ‘noise’ of daily life. This is where we learn about the instinctive, reactive measures we use to protect ourselves from pain - both emotional and physical. These symptoms can exhibit in the mind or the body, since the two are believed to be deeply connected. Finding these mind-body symptoms, and accepting them, is called the “felt sense.” This synchronization brings us to a place where holistic healing can begin. We aim to bring the subconscious suffering into the conscious, so that it can be ‘released.’

Focusing-Oriented Therapy integrates well with Expressive Arts Therapy and can be used as a technique alongside it.

BODY CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY

I help you attune to the body by integrating with the mind and spirit.

IS BODY CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

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With Body-Centered Therapy, we are concerned with how the body exhibits symptoms to emotional trauma and distress. A trauma to the body can affect the mind, and a trauma to the mind can affect the body. The two want to heal together. With Body-Centered Therapy, therapy begins to take a more overt form of connecting bodily expressions to cognitive stresses. It also involves some physical touch from the therapist, with your permission. The aim is to help pinpoint the physical mannerisms or sensations that are ‘speaking’ what the mind is ‘saying.’ The client comes to realizations on their own, but with the aid of the therapist’s concrete intervention.

“It is Tracey’s incredible intuition, ability to listen and empathize with people; her sincere desire to help people realize their greatest potential and her genuine passion for the arts that makes her special. It is without hesitation that I recommend Tracey.”

Sarah Couture, Vancouver BC

“I have worked with Tracey, both online and at her office space. I find our focusing and expressive arts sessions to be extremely interesting and they always create surprising insights into areas of my life where I feel stuck and unproductive. Tracey is committed and very supportive. She is intuitive and flexible in whatever form our sessions take, creating it so it really works for me. I highly recommend her gentle approach when you are ready to move forward in your life.”

Karen Robinson, Victoria BC

“I participated in an expressive arts therapy workshop with Tracey and really enjoyed it. I had never experienced this type of therapy before and Tracey led me through the practices with gentleness, understanding and clear guidance. I felt very safe and supported throughout the whole process and would highly recommend her and her services ♥”

Candise Wilde, Langley BC

What my Clients are Saying about the Workshops

“I recently had the pleasure of attending Tracey’s Intro to Expressive Arts Workshop, and found the experience to be thoroughly enjoyable. Tracey has a sensitive, fun, and supportive approach to instructing, and I found myself feeling both nurtured and inspired by her presence. The art projects themselves were varied and gave the opportunity to express different parts of myself through different mediums. I enjoyed the sensory experiences of all the different approaches, including the music, movement, art tools, sharing with other women, and the baked treats! I would highly recommend people work with Tracey and know they will feel both inspired and supported by the welcoming environment she provides. I’m looking forward to the next workshop!””
~JENNY BROWN, New Westminster BC

 

{create} | {explore} | {express} | {heal} | {connect} | {inspire} | {discover}

UPCOMING WORKSHOPSWORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

Contact me at your convenience for a complimentary 15 minute phone information session to see if we are a good fit (no obligation, really!!). I am happy to answer any questions, and to discuss how I can help you. To schedule an appointment, call (778) 389-9234.

CONTACT ME TODAY