Our Therapeutic Philosophy:
Whole Tone Therapy Practice works within a holistic, trauma-informed, creative-arts therapy framework, and offers 3 unique forms of arts-based therapy (music, art, and dance/movement). In addition to arts-based treatment, some of our therapists are also trained to provide traditional counselling/psychotherapy.
We work together with our clients, empowering them to creatively and purposefully achieve their therapeutic goals. We operate under a firm belief that each unique individual is capable of success. Our therapists each specialize in different disciplines, age groups, and client populations. With our combined skillsets, we serve children, teens, young adults, and older adults with a range of mental health concerns and complex diagnoses. Some of our therapists also offer couples work and family therapy!
Ready to learn a little more about each discipline?
"Music therapy is a discipline in which Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains." CAMT (Canadian Association of Music Therapists)
Alicia specializes in working with teens and young adults with complex mental health concerns, incorporating music in various forms into counselling sessions to promote healing and well-being. Music can be incorporated in the forms of songwriting to process challenging emotions and experiences, mindfulness exercises, playing instruments together, or listening to meaningful music together. No previous musical experience is needed to benefit from music therapy!
"Art therapy combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. Using imagery, colour and shape as part of this creative therapeutic process, thoughts and feelings can be expressed that would otherwise be difficult to articulate." CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association)
Karen uses various forms of art and creativity to help with self expression and communication, self-reflection, connecting with others in a positive way, managing emotions in a safe way, reducing stress, elevating mood, increasing sense of meaning and purpose and increasing sense of self. Karen is qualified to support individuals of all ages, and no prior experience or skill in art is necessary to benefit from art therapy!
"Dance movement therapy (DMT) is based on the premise that thoughts, feelings and the experience of self are expressed through the body and movement. It is a relational process that integrates emotional, cognitive, physical and social aspects of self." - DMTAC (Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada).
DMT sessions typically begin with some sort of embodied warm up, to check-in with how you are doing. From there, the therapist responds to the expressions of the client to explore personal narratives, tensions, aspirations, and work towards resolution in movement. Sessions may involve (but not necessarily include) verbal sharing, props, improvisation, co-creating, and times of stillness. Eden utilizes a variety of music in her sessions from pop, instrumental, jazz, and classical.
DMT can benefit anyone! By using movement of the body therapeutically, DMT offers an embodied approach to reconnecting with one's body and connecting with others. DMT can facilitate increased mobility, fluidity of movement, and emotional processing. DMT is also a great modality for stress reduction, grounding, and connecting with others. Eden is qualified to facilitate DMT sessions for young adults, aging populations, couples, caregivers, and people living with neurodegenerative conditions (e.g. Parkinson's, dementia). Depending on what you are hoping to achieve through dance therapy, Eden will curate the sessions with you to meet your wellness goals.
You do not need any dance experience or training to enjoy and benefit from DMT. You are welcome to come with a little, a lot, or no dance experience. We all move, and Eden will work with you to find music and movement styles you enjoy and find most meaningful. DMT opens possibilities to expand your movement profile, engage in new forms of moving, relating, and creating.