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Our intervening team 

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Maria Riccardi

Art therapist, Clinical Director, Instructor & Supervisor, Doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, M.A., M.Ed., ATR-BC

Maria is a registered art therapist, a career counselor, a licensed clinical psychotherapist and the former president of the Quebec Art Therapy Association. She is an adjunct professor of art therapy at Concordia University and at l’Université du Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, as well as a faculty member at Winnipeg Holistic Expressive Arts Therapy Institute. She collaborates with local non-profit organizations and mental health institutions, developing community-based art studio programs for adolescents and adults who are marginalized due to mental and physical health issues, immigration issues, and poverty. She has founded a clinic in Montreal based on the Expressive Therapies Continuum, providing educational and emotional support to children and families. Her current research interests include media properties and their role in assessment.

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Martine Ashby

Art therapist, M.A, ATPQ

Martine works with youth, families and adults across a variety of settings and fields, including education, pediatric oncology, palliative care and mental health. She uses art therapy as a tool for well-being and personal development. Her humanistic approach values the person to their full potential, supporting their inner resources as a force for growth. Being also a painter, she believes that the creative process holds incredible potential for therapeutic purposes. Art and visual language promote self-discovery at any developmental age.

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Mia Hébert

Art therapist, M.A, ATPQ and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology

Mia works mainly with adolescents and adults in community settings, youth centers and in private practice. In 2015, she co-founded Canevas: art therapy center, a private center with the social mission of demystifying art therapy for the general public and offering sessions to everyone, regardless of their income. Inspired by a humanist approach, she believes that each individual has within them the forces necessary to achieve their well-being and these are just waiting to be brought to light through the creative process.

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Gabrielle Gingras

Art therapist, M.A, ATPQ and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology

Gabrielle is an art therapist with a Masters degree from Concordia and a professional member of the Association des art-therapeutes du Québec (AATQ), as well as co-founder of Canevas: art therapy center. Her professional experience in art therapy is primarily in mental health in community settings, as well in private practice with various young and older populations. Having worked in Quebec and internationally, she has seen that art therapy is a tool that transcends differences and brings us closer to our human values and our potential. She works with a humanist and participatory approach which emphasizes and respects the richness of the lived experiences and the strengths of each one.

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Mikaël Theimer

Photographer

Mikaël walks the streets in search of faces and stories to share. His projects took him on the tarmacs bound for Greenland, made him meet artists, passers-by, children, anonymous and ministers, allowed him to witness the difficulties of individuals and their achievements, all through the kaleidoscope of his lenses. He works regularly with many organizations, in order to put his photographic eye to the services of different social causes.

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Angélique Dumet-Kerherno

Danse therapist, M.A. (in progress)

Angélique is a dance artist, adapted dance teacher and dance and movement therapist. Angélique taught economics for ten years before turning to a master's degree in dance and taking dance therapy training at the National Centre for Dance Therapy of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in 2019. Today, combining a humanist approach and sensorimotor, Angélique works in schools and community centers with adults and adolescents, autistic, intellectually disabled and physically handicapped. She also gives postural workshops in the corporate environment.

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Janie Pomerleau

Art therapist, M.A, ATPQ

Janie is an art therapist, trained in arts education and cultural mediator. She works mainly with young people in vulnerable positions. She offers them artistic creation through several mediums in order to encourage them in their process of resilience. She also works with adults to promote their well-being by reconnecting with their creativity. She sees art therapy with a humanistic approach that seeks the development, in the individual, of an active and creative role in their personal growth.

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Mireille Bourque

Certified yoga teacher and founder of Beejuana the School of Life

For more than 10 years, Mireille has been teaching Qigong, meditation and since 2015 yoga and guided deep relaxation (yoga nidra). She has had the privilege of working with a diverse clientele, aged 3 to 90, working with autistic people, cancer patients, family caregivers and people in mourning. These experiences have allowed her to develop her intuition and her ability to adapt to meet individual needs. She wants to pass on simple and easy tools to more people to manage stress and emotions in a caring and inspiring space. She is committed to supporting children so that they reach their full potential. Her passion for the arts has led her to also become a painter in her spare time and she has given several art workshops for both children and adults.

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