If it were safe to be yourself, Who would you be?
The Experiential Studio provides systems-informed trauma-focused counselling and art therapy grounded in evidence-based, anti-oppressive therapies and lived experience of marginalization.
It also offers a Peer Consult, focusing on race, racism, cross-cultural skills, societal power hierarchy, and social determinants of health. It is offered to both white and non-white, cis and trans, and non-disabled and disabled colleagues.
Counselling to me is this process of connecting with our true selves so that we could truly and fully engage with life, with full connection with the joys and sorrows of life.
It may be about getting liberated from the undesirable or confusing emotional reactions, socialized expectations, and patterned responses. It may be about questioning what parts have become “normal,” e.g. autopilot, socialization, cultural expectations, unhelpful relationships, or current reliving of past trauma.
I believe even the most mentally healthy, strong, or balanced people could benefit from counselling. Just like how the best doctor would call a colleague in for a second opinion.
I believe people have various therapeutic relationships in their lives: with music, some family members, some friends, hobbies, arts, pastime, coping/nurturing methods, nature, pets, culture, job, yourselves. As they provide various different kinds of supports, clinical counsellors can help provide a clinical therapeutic relationship to supplement what you already have.
What does counselling with The Experiential Studio look like?
Counselling is a work with a human, and no two people work exactly the same or need the same therapy. Generally, we would explore goals and plan for the therapy together. Therapy may involve various ways of working like EMDR, art therapy, W.A.R.A., Flash, attention control, CBT, DBT skills. behaviour therapies, and attachment theories.
What do we charge?
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All payments can be sent by email funds transfer (EFT), interac, or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. A cash arrangements can be made for those who do not use these means.
Online Counselling or online art therapy $135 – 150 for a 60-minute session.
Online counselling or online art therapy $200 – 225 for a 90-minute session.
In-Person Counselling: A “walk and talk” or home visits can be discussed.
A limited number of free counselling and half-cost counselling spots are available. Please inquire at email@example.com.
Consulting: $85 – $120 / hour
Initial Meeting: Free
For any questions about the process of counselling and/or just to get a sense of how it feels to sit with me, please feel free to book an initial meet from my booking site. If the default times don’t work for you, please send some options to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a minor, please request to have your legal guardian attend or meet with me first to provide consent for the counselling relationship.
We do not have the training to offer disability and chronic illness as a specialty, but we welcome disabled participants and participants with disabilities if you choose to work with us. We regret we may need you to educate us on your particular accessibility needs, and we offer a free meeting for this discussion.
The Experiential Studio is low-VOC, fragrance-free, strobe-reduced, quiet, and low-stimuli. Any sudden or intense stimuli (such as a meditation bell, strobe lights, pulsers, vivid colours, smells and smokes, textures, or bright colours) are only introduced with consent of the participants.
We are familiar with neuroatypical presentations, stimuli sensitivity/overwhelm, autism, mTBI, developmental disabilities, FASD, and chronic pain.
I’m Tamaki Kano [ 鹿野環 | they/them/theirs]. To position myself, I am a Japanese Canadian counsellor with a deep connection to my culture and lived experience.
My intersectionality includes a settler,?immigrant, Asian / Person of Colour (POC / BIPOC) , gay, trans, gender-free / non-binary, artist, and disabled. I have my own family, social, and workplace struggles. I occupy the unceded lands of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), colonially known as Vancouver.
What informs my work?
There are a few things I would like you to know about me. One, I have been through some stuff too and I go to counselling too. Two, I have lived out in the real world, and I know how incredibly disempowering it is and how often our rights are trampled upon. Three, I believe you. You do not have to work to convince me of your experience.
Finally, having said all that, I am well-practiced in decentring, which is the foundation of my work. Yes, I am the clinically-trained counsellor you may hire to help your processes, but you are the expert of you, your motivation, and your values.
I am privileged to support people with training in the following: EMDR, “trauma therapist” training, art therapy, MI, ACT, DBT, CBT, other behaviour theories, WARA, and others. All are grounded in my anti-oppressive, trauma-informed ideology.
I tend to be approached by people with experience of marginalization because of my lived experience and knowledge of systems. But I also welcome people in privilege working to unlearn white supremacy.
In my spare time, I talk to my people, see my counsellor, make art, wander the Northshore hills, and try to outsmart my dog who is really good at training me.
All questions are welcome, and we typically answer within two business days. My account is encrypted, but please be mindful not to include any private personal information or specific details in the first contact.
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