Areas of practice
- Child Behaviour
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Parenting Issues
- Personal Growth
- Child Centred Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Mindfulness approaches
- Play Therapy
- Psycho-Educational Groups
Other languages spoken
Counselling practice website:janetwalker.ca
Has parenting your child become a crisis situation for you? Is your child acting out after a traumatic experience such as a separation, divorce, or loss of family member? Is your child experiencing separation anxiety when going to daycare or school? Is your child showing signs of frustration while trying to navigate the expectations of him by parents, foster parents, schools, and peers? Have you known that there was a problem for a while, and now feel that you simply must address it?
Expressive arts therapy and play therapy are powerful, intuitive, proven forms of therapy that help children express traumatic, painful or confusing life experiences, and begin the healing journey. Play is the natural form of communication for children. Children have an amazing capacity to grow and flourish when they are supported to share their reality in a creative and safe way.
Do you feel anxious, depressed, lost, confused, or unfulfilled? Are you having trouble making tough decisions? Are your relationships feeling unsatisfying, strained, or unsafe? You might have had an idea about where you wanted your life to go, but somehow, on a personal, professional, or relational level, it seems so mixed up. You might not be able to find words to describe it; or you might have talked it over with someone so much that you feel like you are going in circles.
We all want to feel safe, connected, and loved. We want to feel in control of our lives, and we want to feel like we are going forward instead of repeating the same patterns over and over. But sometimes we just don’t know where to look for the answers any more. The answers are not always “out there”, but frequently inside, if you can find a way to access them. Using an Expressive Arts Therapy approach, we explore your challenges and the chaos that you might feel, and then look for the creative resources and strengths that you have inside with which you can face them.
Me as a Therapist
The three foci of therapy, education and the arts have been important for me throughout my life. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and hold a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. I have done extensive training in many expressive therapies including play therapy and sand tray therapy, as well as training with the Neufeld Institute on an attachment-based developmental approach to understanding children. In addition, I am a certified teacher and have been working for The French School Board (CSF) since 2004. I am a mother of two young children, which gives me a personal understanding of the great challenges and great joys of parenting. I use Expressive Arts Therapy with children in psycho-education groups at Family Services, and I have a private counselling and expressive art therapy-based practice in Nanaimo, BC. I love working with children and adults who are hurting, stressed or stuck and are open to exploring how they can begin to feel better.
I am a service provider for the following:
Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP): counselling funding for victims of crime who have filed a police report
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC): counselling funding for individuals who have been involved in an automobile accident
Charlene Reaveley Children’s Charity Society (CRCCS) : counselling funding for children who have experienced a death in the family
First Nations Health Authority (FNHA): counselling funding for First Nations and Indigenous clients
Workers Compensation Board (WCB)/WorkSafe BC (WSBC): insurance for counselling after work-related injuries or death in the family
Ministry of Children and Family Development, Autism Funding Branch (MCF Autism Funding): counselling funding for children on the autism spectrum
Living Through Loss Counselling Society of BC (LTLC): professional grief counselling for adults and children
SelfDesign Learning Foundation: counselling funding for K-grade 12 home and independent learners who need emotional support
Some Extended Health Benefit plans such as Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life, Green Shield Canada, and Great-West Life cover Registered Clinical Counsellors as a service. If you have such a plan through work, check with your provider to find out if your particular plan covers consultations with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC).
I am working in an entirely outdoor studio this fall, winter, and spring where we have excellent air circulation to minimize the risk of a viral infection. My clients and I all wear masks. The outdoor studio includes an art table and art supplies, expressive media such as collage, soapstone, puppets and nature objects, mobile sand trays and sand tray figurines, toys, musical instruments. The outdoor space also includes a large garden, playhouse and outdoor sandbox. I have a heater in case we need it on the coldest days.
- Expressive Arts Therapy (European Graduate School) Play Therapy (numerous intensive courses at The Centre for Expressive Therapy) Dance/Movement Therapy courses Teacher Training, Certified BC Teacher
Client fee individuals:$130 per 50-55 minute session (includes GST)