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Stephanie Ng, Vancouver Registered Clinical Counsellor, Professional Art Therapist in Gastown Downtown Vancouver

About Stephanie

Stephanie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Art Therapist based in B.C., Canada.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (MCP-AT).

Stephanie has 10+ years of experience working in community and education centres, respite care, non-profit organizations, migrant schools, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. 

Before working clinically in the mental health field, I had worked in the education setting for 8 years, working closely as an educator with children, parents, and teachers. I have an interest in resource development, and have created Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculums such as the School Care Kit and the Family Care Kit as free pandemic resources for over 600 teachers, 30,000 students and 700 families during and post COVID-19.

I particularly enjoyed working hands-on in the classroom, from supporting neurodivergent students in inclusion classes as an educational assistant, to teaching adolescents and adults Psychology and English as a Second Language (TESOL) as a NET, to facilitating creative playgroups for children and infants as young as 6 months old. (Or outside the classroom in intensive #6Days2Stage musical theatre summer camps.)

Since then, I have continued to serve families as I specialized in trauma work, counselling children and youth (ages 3-18) who have witnessed and/or survived violence, and supporting separated/divorced parents. I also provide individual counselling to adults with psychoeducation, emotion coaching, caregiver support and parenting skills as needed.
 
Regardless of clients' age, I adopt a client-centered approach that is strength-based and trauma-informed. I integrate the expressive modalities of play, sandtray, and art therapy for children, youth and adults alike as creativity knows no age or bounds. I hope to encourage and inspire children and adults alike to nurture their inner child, allowing for joy and spontaneous play, and reconnect to their most true authentic self by working through creative blocks and teaming against Inner Critic, Perfectionism, Anxiety and Imposter Syndrome.

Besides 1-on-1 work, I have facilitated self-care workshops and Art As Therapy groups on topics such as Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. I have also been invited as a guest speaker for local and international organizations and universities as well as webinars, conferences and retreats to promote Art Therapy and its therapeutic value in improving mental health and well-being. 

In my spare time, I play, create and learn - these are all important self-care practices for me. I love exploring through images, metaphors, and symbols. My favourite hobbies and forms of self-expression include art-making, poetry-writing, journaling, singing/karaoke, dancing, and taking care of two adopted and bonded kitties: Spirit and Nala (fromThe Lion King). 

Qualifications

Stephanie Ng, Vancouver Registered Clinical Counsellor, Professional Art Therapist in Gastown Downtown Vancouver

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #19095) 
of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors


Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC #10006859)

of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


Professional Art Therapist (#62201316)

of Canada Art Therapy Association

Certified Play Therapist (CPT #2084)
of Canadian Association for Play Therapy

Corresponding Secretary and Social Media Chair
of British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA)

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy

(MCP-AT) from Adler University

Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc)

Double Major in Psychology and Counselling

Training Intern
of Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST)

Ongoing Training

I am passionate about learning, and I attend regular training to remain informed of the latest evidence-based approaches to work competently and ethically.

San'yas Core Indigenous Cultural Safety Justice Online Training (2022)
 

EMDR:

Brainspotting:


Mental Health First Aid:

  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) LivingWorks (Dec 2019)

  • SafeTALK Suicide Alertness for Everyone LivingWorks (Mar 2019)

  • Youth Mental Health First Aider — Mental Health First Aid Australia (Jun 2019)

Trauma-Informed Practices:

  • Creative Interventions for Traumatized Children — Liana Lowenstein (May 2021)

  • Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy® Level 2 — Ratha Chek (Dec 2020)

  • Mindfulness-Based Somatic Therapy® Level 1 — Ratha Chek (Feb 2020)

  • Trauma-Informed Practice Level 3 — Alyson Quinn (May 2020)

  • Trauma-Informed Practice Level 2 — Alyson Quinn (Mar 2020)

  • Yoga Outreach Core Training™ — Yoga Outreach (Jan 2020)

  • Using Yoga in Your Work™ — Yoga Outreach (Nov 2019)

  • The Use of Narrative Drawing Intervention in Psychological Trauma — Narrative Drawing Intervention Institute (Jan 2019)


Narrative Therapy:

  • 3 Day Advanced Practice: Developing Narrative Therapy Questions — Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy (Feb 2021)

  • Foundations: 5 Day Narrative Therapy Practice Training — Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy (Sep 2020)

  • Level 1 Foundation Course on Narrative Drawing Intervention — Narrative Drawing Intervention Institute (Jul 2019)


CBT and DBT:

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Level 1 — Dr Nili R. Benazon (Jun 2021)

  • Creative CBT Interventions for Children with Anxiety — Liana Lowenstein (May 2021)

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A) — Lifted Counselling and Consulting (May 2021)

EFT:

  • Working with Shame and Anger in Psychotherapy — Dr Leslie Greenberg (Jul 2023)

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy with Individuals Level 1 — Vancouver Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy (Nov 2021) 

Other Interventions

  • Transactional Analysis: Counselling Interventions — Dr Dawn McBride (Jun 2022)

  • Expanding Your Counselling Toolbox — Dr Dawn McBride (Mar 2022)
     

Couples Therapy:

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2 — The Gottman Institute (Mar 2021)

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 — The Gottman Institute (Mar 2020)


Working with Children and Families:

  • Certificate in Play Therapy for Children of Separation and Divorce: Managing the Impact of Parental Conflict — Dr Lorri Yasenik, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (Dec 2022)

  • Dyadic Developmental Practice: Psychotherapy and Parenting (DDP) Level 1 — Hannah Sun-Reid (Sep 2021)

  • Supporting Grieving Children: Creative Therapy Interventions and Practical Strategies to Promote Healing — Sydney Centre for Creative Change (Sep 2021)

  • Anxiety in Children and Youth – Practical Intervention Strategies — The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (Mar 2021)

  • Tuning in to Kids® Facilitator — Sophie Havighurst, The Mindful Centre (Feb 2021)

  • Parenting After Separation — Justice Education Society (Jan 2020)

  • The Use of Storytelling in Counselling and Conducting Therapeutic Groups — Narrative Drawing Intervention Institute (Jun 2019)


Play Therapy:

  • Synergetic Play Therapy® Certification Program (Level 1) — Lisa Dion (Jan-Jun 2024)

  • Learn to Play Therapy: Theory, Principles and Process — Dr Karen Stagnitti (Apr 2023)

  • Red Stream: Advanced Theory and Techniques in Play Therapy — Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (Aug 2022)

  • Pink Stream Master Class - Enter the Metaphorical Journey: Inquiry Skills for Play Therapists — Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (Oct 2021)

  • Theraplay® and MIM Level 1 Play Therapy — Theraplay® Canada (Oct 2021)

  • AutPlay® Therapy Certificate Training — Dr Robert Jason Grant (Aug 2021)

  • Green Stream - Foundations of Play Therapy — Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute (Jul 2021)

  • Foundation Play Therapy Training — Canadian Association for Play Therapy (Jun-Aug 2021)

  • Dynamic Playrooms: Movement Intervention for Play Therapy — Dr Robert Jason Grant (May 2021)

  • Symbols and Sandplay Therapy — Sydney Centre for Creative Change (May 2021)

  • Sand Play Therapy, A Holistic Journey for All Ages — Dr Marie-José Dhaese (Mar-Apr 2021)

  • Expressive Play Therapy – A Holistic and Integrative Approach — Dr Marie-José Dhaese (Jan-Feb 2021)

  • Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child — Dr Marie-José Dhaese (Nov 2020)

Sandplay Therapy:

  • Holding the Darkness - Working with Trauma through Sandtray International Society for Sandplay Therapy (Sep 2022-Jan 2024)

  • Sandplay Therapy Training: Six virtual intensive modules — Maria Iosue & Dr Olga Lipadatova, Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (Mar-Dec 2022)


Art Therapy:

  • Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy — Adler University (2019-2021)

  • SoulCollage® Facilitator — Mariabruna Sirabella (Feb 2021)

  • Cows Can be Purple Workshop Facilitator — Deb Bailey (Jan 2020)

  • Introduction to Using PhotoTherapy Techniques in Art Therapy Practices — Judy Weiser (Dec 2019)

  • Pastel Nagomi Art Advanced Instructor — Japan Pastel Hope Art Association (Jun 2020) 

  • Pastel Nagomi Art Associate Instructor — Japan Pastel Hope Art Association (Oct 2019)

  • Level 1 Foundation Course on Narrative Drawing Intervention — Narrative Drawing Intervention Institute (Jul 2019)


Telehealth:

  • Online Art Therapy Fundamentals — Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (Apr 2021)

  • Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training — Joni Gilbertson (May 2020)
     

Ethics:

  • Ethics - Advanced Consent & Documentations Training for Counsellors — Dr Drawn McBride (Jan 2023)

  • Ethics – Consent Process in Counselling — Dr Dawn McBride (May 2021)

  • Ethics – Writing Ethical, Useful, & Efficient Session Counselling Notes — Dr Dawn McBride (May 2021)

Conferences Attended:

  • The BIG LIVE Narrative Therapy Conference — Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy (Oct 2023)
    BC Society of Transition Houses 2023 Annual Training Forum (Oct 2023)

  • BC Society of Transition Houses 2022 Annual Training Forum
    Strength in Solidarity - Self Care, Collective Care, and Sustainability (Oct 2022) — Guest Speaker

  • Collective Trauma Summit 2022: Creating a Global Healing Movement (Oct 2022)

  • BC Art Therapy Association  Annual Conference  Board Committee Organizer (Aug 2022)

  • 2022 Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy Web Conference: Holding Free and Protected Space in Our Time (Apr 2022)

  • BC Society of Transition Houses 2021 Annual Training Forum: Re-Imagining Connections (Oct 2021)

  • Collective Trauma Summit 2021: Collective Healing in Action (Sep 2021)

  • Water & Stone Creative Arts Therapy Conference 2021
    “Metamorphosis: A Time for Transformation” (Jun 2021)

  • 2021 Online International Childhood Trauma Symposium (Jun 2021)

  • 2021 Suicide Prevention Summit by Mental Health Academy and Lifeline Australia (May 2021)

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association 2021 Virtual Conference (May 2021)

  • Sydney Centre for Creative Change Expo 2020 (Dec 2020)

  • Collective Trauma Summit 2020: The Power of Collective Healing (Sep 2020)

  • 42nd Annual International Association for Psychoanalytic Self-Psychology International Conference
    Engaging Difference and Sameness: Pathways to Empathic Dialogue (Oct 2019)

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