Christine has been working in the field of mental health for over 10 years and is passionate about treating children, youth, and families. She has experience working in a variety of different therapeutic settings such as group homes, youth detention centers, community programs, Not-for profit agencies, and private practice. Christine is passionate about meeting her clients where they are at and designing a treatment plan that is best tailored to the clients unique strengths and challenges. Christine utilizes an expressive arts approach to therapy and incorporates elements of play therapy while working with children and youth. Additionally, having 3 small boys of her own, Christine loves any opportunity to work with parents who might be seeking parental supports or support with family dynamics.
She is passionate about working with clients to get to the root of their emotions and working through challenges by utilizing a trauma informed- client-centered approach. Christine works to incorporate mindfulness strategies, relaxation techniques, and develop coping skills with clients where appropriate.
Christine is passionate about supporting the LGBTQ+ community and has experience working with transgendered children/teens, and supporting parents through the transition. Christine is also passionate about working with teens who are struggling with self-harm and suicide ideations. She is also certified in Crisis Intervention Response and works with Durham Regional Police to support survivors of crime.
Christine has an (hons) BA in Criminology, an (hons) BA in Psychology, Diploma in Youth Corrections & Interventions, Masters Degree in Psychotherapy, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While having a passionate for learning, Christine also has a passion for teaching, and has been teaching Forensic Psychology at Durham College for 7 years.
When faced with challenges and changes throughout the course of life, psychotherapy can be a safe place to explore and gain insight into your own life. It takes courage to reach out for support and my goal is to help you or your child navigate the different emotions that come forward during this process. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with over 5 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of different clinical settings.
I possess an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies from the University of Guelph, a diploma from McMaster University in Child Life Studies and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I have undergone training in Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and am passionate about not only working with children and youth, but also their families to meet them at the level they are at to best support them.
I utilize a variety of play techniques to help children and youth feel comfortable and open to engaging in the therapy process. When working with clients, I use numerous strategies and techniques from several therapeutic approaches including: solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and dialectical behavioural therapy.
I work openly with clients and families while using a non-judgemental approach. I have had experiences working with children, youth and adults, including families experiencing trauma.
I have worked with a variety of mental health and life concerns affecting both youth and adults including but not limited to; anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, divorce and separation, military deployment and separation, families experiencing PTSD, grief, behavioural concerns, bullying and hospitalization including diagnosis and procedure explanation, preparation and coping techniques. I place importance on self-care as a professional and during my time off I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, hiking and travelling
Martine Guay is a bilingual Professional Art Therapist and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario. She utilizes making art as a means of holistic expression and believes in the potential for positive and continuous growth and change for everyone. She combines art and talk therapy to explore and unpack thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive and creative space. Her approach is person-centered and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed. Her DBT certificate is currently being completed as well.
She graduated from individual studies at Glendon College/York University which included studies in drama, scenography, dance, cinema and visual art; this led her to a graduate status with a Master’s Degree Diploma in art therapy (art therapy combines the creation process to psychotherapy). Her thesis completed at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, “Impact of Group Art Therapy on the Quality of Life for Acquired Brain Injury Survivors”, was recognized internationally as published in the American Art Therapy Association Journal. The experience she has acquired as an Art Therapist has exposed her to the various facets of therapy in expressing and managing emotional, cognitive and physical challenges.