Michelle April



Michelle April, M.A.

Michelle April, M.A.
Counsellor, Art Therapist


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Office Hours + Location

Nepean

  • Monday: 10 am- 5 pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 12:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Friday: 10 am-2:30 pm

Practice Areas

Individual

  • Adolescents and Adults
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Workplace stress
  • Anger
  • Creative blockages
  • Grief
  • LGBQT counselling
  • Existential angst
  • Developmental tasks (young adult identity, mid life next steps, aging)
  • Historical abuse (sexual, emotional, and physical abuse)
  • Life transitions (divorce, marriage, gender, career, illness)
  • Self-care
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality

 

Couple/Marriage

  • Couple, friendships, polyamorous relationships
  • LGBQT couples
  • Pre-marital counselling
  • Relationship maintenance
  • Relationship building and strengthening
  • Communication skills
  • Sexuality
  • Infidelity
  • Friendships
  • Pattern identification and analysis
  • Separation and divorce

 

Family

  • All family scenarios
  • Parents with children and/or teens
  • Intergenerational healing
  • Parenting
  • Patterns
  • Dynamics

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)
  • In the process of applying to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Philosophy

My personal approach to therapy draws on a delicate balance of formal knowledge, personal experience, and intuition. I apply a creative and integrative approach that ranges from the experiential to the narrative, observing systems and attachment styles that inform dynamics occurring in everyday life, at work, in couple relationships and in the family. I use a client-centered approach that emphasizes safety and collaboration while providing strong leadership and a range of exploration opportunities tailored to the individual, couple, family or group.

Education + Training

  • M.A. Counselling and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, 2017
  • Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy, Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (VATI), 2016
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, LivingWorks Education, 2016
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Training (ACT I), CFIR, 2016
  • M.P.A. Public Policy and Public Administration, Carleton University, 2001
  • B.A. Fine Arts, Laurentian University, 1998

“I am under the supervision of Dr. Martin Rovers (marriagetherapistsottawa.ca)- Ontario Registered Psychologist, for the ongoing development of my professional and ethical competence and for psychological services to my clients. The receipt you will receive will be in the name of Dr. Martin Rovers and the counselling services will be provided by me. I consult with my supervisor regarding my clients on monthly basis.”

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