BRITTANY SIRTONSKI, BA (Hons), MACP, RP, OACCPP
Registered Psychotherapist & Expressive Arts Practitioner
Clinic Supervisor / Owner
I work with children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups utilizing a holistic, eclectic combination of therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused (brief) therapy, somatic experiencing therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, play therapy, expressive arts therapy, sandtray therapy, and mindfulness-based practices.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree (Psychology major/Sociology minor) from Trent University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Additionally, I completed a post-graduate certificate and advanced field placement in Expressive Arts from Fleming College’s Haliburton School of The Arts.
I have advanced training in expressive arts therapy, sandtray therapy, emotionally-focused therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, trauma and sexual violence, and drum circle facilitation, as well as foundational training in somatic experiencing therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy. I am a registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registered Psychotherapist #005194 – independent practice). As well, I am a member with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists and Arts Health Network Canada.
I completed my internship within a large private practice working extensively with children, adolescents, and their families. My work here focused on the integration of cognitive-behavioural therapy with play therapy and animal-assisted therapy techniques and I worked with children, adolescents, and families with diverse issues and challenges.
My diverse background includes working as an Arts and Dance Educator, Crisis Support Worker, Research Assistant, as well as involving myself in the community with various organizations and private practices. Throughout the years, I have worked in teams alongside art therapists, counsellors, occupational therapists and facilitators in a variety of community and clinical settings. I work with individuals and groups of many backgrounds including children as young as three years old, up to and including the senior population, individuals with learning challenges, physical/developmental challenges, cognitive impairments, and mental illnesses.
In my work as an Expressive Arts Practitioner, I facilitate workshops and individual expressive arts sessions to a wide array of clientele who are interested in pursuing creativity, positivity, and individual transformation. I believe that a positive, client-centered approach to expressive arts is a beneficial way to move throughout life. I enjoy providing expressive arts experiences to a wide variety of community groups and individuals and showing the world the wonder of self-expression through creativity and art-making. Many of my workshops focus on themes of empowerment, self-esteem, self-confidence, personal growth/development, understanding/acceptance, and self-care. In addition, I also provide workshops to groups who are new to expressive arts and who would like a taste of what this engaging and inspiring process is all about!
I take a holistic, collaborative, strengths-based approach to counselling and psychotherapy. My therapeutic style is eclectic in nature as I am able to integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches, adjusting my approach to meet each client’s unique style, interests, strengths, and goals.
I believe that each person is the expert in their own life and that from time to time we require the help from a professional who can support us through life’s challenges in an open, trusting, respectful, non-judgmental way. Through active participation in therapy, clients develop a deeper sense of understanding, acceptance, and empowerment and develop and enhance various skills that support them throughout life.