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Psychotherapy and Art Therapy: Benefits, Risks, and Essential Information

A Short workshop to Explore Emotional Regulation 

Two Presentations this month: 

March 12, 2024 @ 7pm online ABI Survivor and Caregiver Meeting 


March 26, 2024 @ 7PM online Caregiver Only Meetings 

About the Talk:

The information about psychotherapy and art therapy, services, benefits, risks, and session/workshop information. A short workshop to explore emotional regulation will be held during the presentation. Followed by questions.

A therapist provides a safe space in which you are able to explore your thoughts, feelings, and emotions via the creative process. This process allows you to focus on your healing journey and explore various topics, facilitating recall and by allowing the use of shapes, colours, elements, games, gestures, and body language to communicate in addition to the use of words.

About the Speakers:

Saba Rizvi

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Art Therapist (DTATI). I studied at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute after using art as therapy to help facilitate my own healing and growth. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Exceptionality and Giftedness, with Honours, from the University of Toronto.

I work with a lot of clients who have brain injuries and Post-Concussive Symptoms, chronic illness, neurodivergence (Autism), relationships (attachment/couples), trauma, self growth/development, ADHD symptoms, interpersonal difficulties, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and stress-relief. In my 10+ years in mental health, I have helped clients manage the above-mentioned symptoms, as well helped with intergenerational trauma, self-harm, and suicidal ideation, etc. 

I have worked with BIST over the years in co-curating their TBI Expressive Arts Shows as well as by providing Art Therapy Workshops for members in order to help them manage anxieties, stressors, and how they perceive their life with a brain injury. I have worked with BIAPH as a peer mentor in the past where I completed the Peer Mentorship training and have provided emotional support for individuals who were diagnosed with brain injuries.

I have provided art therapy services at Bayshore Healthcare (formerly NRIO) where I also completed my TATI Art Therapy Major Project/Thesis which looked at how we can change the perception of individuals with Brain Injuries and their capabilities and how Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy can help individuals with brain injuries.

Marya Mazhar

Hello! I’m Marya Mazhar, a dedicated and empathetic social worker with a robust background in counselling and a passion for positively impacting individuals’ lives. I provide psychotherapy at Rizvi Wellness for clients who need support with coping strategies and emotional regulation challenges.

As a recent Master of Social Work graduate from the University of Windsor and a registered member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), my expertise lies in providing compassionate support to diverse communities and working with youth and adults. My experience in the community and this program has equipped me with comprehensive counselling skills and a deep understanding of the psychosocial aspects of individual well-being.

My counselling approach is working from a strengths-based perspective. I have experience in providing a safe and inclusive space for individuals while ensuring that I can provide a sense of community, agency, and understanding for my clients. Being a caregiver can be an isolating experience. Caregivers must receive support to navigate the everyday challenges of stress, burnout, anxiety, and grief while caring for loved ones who need them. I look forward to working with you via individual counselling and group workshops so that you can continue caring for yourselves and your loved ones.

 ABI Support Group Meetings

Open to Survivors, Caregivers or Members of your Circle of Care

Tuesdays at 7pm

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