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From Montreal to Toronto Art therapy heals

il y a 9 mois

We are extremely excited to announce that Montreal Art Therapy is coming to Toronto to offer therapy services to children and adolescents in Yorkville, Toronto. We will be offering art therapy and behavioral therapy to children aged 3-12 and art therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy to adolescents and young adults. Our office is just steps from Bay Station. To book an appointment, contact us at and provide us with your contact information and we will offer you an appointment that suits your schedule.

Positive parent-teenage relationship


If you are a parent of a teenager, there is a high chance that the following scenarios are familiar to you:

  • When your teenager gives you attitude over everything!
  • When your teenager is in constant battle with you and refuses to do what you ask
  • When you lose count of the number of times that your teenager says, “You don’t get it”!
  • When you walk on eggshells around him/her only to reduce screams, cries, and door slamming.

Our behavioral therapists in Montreal suggest the following tips to improve parent-teen relationships:

  • Don’t take their insults personally; this will allow you to remain calm, think rationally, and respond accordingly.
  • Set proper boundaries and respect boundaries; boundaries that are too loose or too rigid are problematic in nature. Re-evaluate the boundaries as your kid becomes a teenager.
  • Make your expectations clear. Don’t expect that your teenager should know better. Teenagers act like they know it all! But the reality is that they don’t.
  • Praise their right acts! Behind every angry teenager lies a kid, who is struggling with self-confidence. While they will never admit to it, they long their parents’ attention, approval, and admiration.

Book a session with our behavioral therapists in Montreal or West Island to learn more about what you can do to better your relationship with your teenage son or daughter.

Visit our website at for contact information and working hours.




Is it anger

il y a 5 mois

Anger is a common and universal emotion, which is often referred to as a secondary emotion, because it serves to protect us from other vulnerable feelings. Clinicians and researchers believe that anger covers a primary emotion such as sadness, fear, or anxiety.

Our behavioral therapists also believe that children and adolescents with anger issues are most probably dealing with a primary uncomfortable emotion (sadness, fear, anxiety). As such, our individual art therapy sessions for children are aimed to provide an outlet to explore emotions, gain a sense of control over emotions, and learn not to avoid the uncomfortable feelings.

Evidence-based research supports the competence of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in addressing anger issues in adolescents. It’s also believed that combing CBT and mindfulness exercises increase the results of anger management therapy. Our anger management groups for teenagers in Montreal and Pointe-Claire have been tailored to combine CBT, mindfulness exercises , and art therapy techniques to provide a unique opportunity for adolescents to identify the negative thought patterns and anger triggers, learn how to challenge them, recognize the physical sensation of anger in their body, learn to accept thoughts and feelings, and use nonverbal techniques to explore and express emotions.

To obtain further information on our individual and group anger management sessions, contact us at or at 514-999-3414.


By: Reyhane Namdari

Does my child need therapy

il y a 6 mois

Let’s reflect on your past year: How many phone calls did you have from your son’s school? How many behavioral notes were written in your daughter’s agenda? How many parent-teacher meetings did not go your ideal way?

For most parents, it is difficult to admit that their child may need therapy for their behavioral problems. Signs that your child might benefit from art and play therapy or behavioral therapy include: excessive crying, difficulty following rules, lack of concentration, insomnia, sibling rivalry, anger and aggressive behavior, change in appetite, excessive worrying, isolation, difficulty maintaining friendships, lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, change in academic functioning, negative attitude towards parents, friends or life in general. Some of these symptoms could be presented simultaneously.

Our child therapists evaluate the behaviors and target the presenting problems in a few sessions. While parents’ participation in therapy is required, our behavioral therapists believe that children’s involvement is eminent; it’s through expressive arts and behavioral therapy that they find alternative ways of thinking and learn new behaviors.

The truth is that having a behavioral therapist for your child increases the quality time that you can spend together. You can read together, play, and do fun activities rather than spending hours to yell, discipline, and think of innovative punishments.

If you are contemplating on seeking professional help, visit us at and talk to one of our child therapists.


By: Reyhane Namdari

Have a child with special needs You are not alone!

il y a 7 mois

Just how the family influences a child’s development, the child also has an impact on his/her family. Now, a child with a disability has a special effect on his/her family, as the disability can become a source of stress for the parents, siblings, and the family in general. In such moments, consistent parenting and remaining as a unified team can bring more harmony and peace to families.

Researchers believe having a child with a disability can have a number of effects on families; parental guilt, marital problems, and parenting inconsistency, loss of control (of the household) are just to name a few. In addition, lack of social support, lack of support and negative judgments from extended family, negative interactions with the school, and insufficient service delivery are added on stress on families.

The good news is that a strong support system (extended families, community, school, and society) can reduce the family’s stress. Another positive fact is that siblings of children with disabilities develop more tolerance and are more caring and understanding (of differences) than others. Furthermore, our therapists at Montreal Art Therapy believe that acquiring new parenting skills can help reduce tension around the house while it helps develop a fair rule-making system for all the children.

We believe that parents should not feel defeated or stigmatized by their child’s diagnosis or a disability; rather, they should speak up about it and advocate for their child. If you need support for yourself or your child… if you are not certain of the types of services that could benefit your child with a disability… or if you feel alone on this journey, we will be happy to help you along. Visit our website at to find out about our locations in Montreal, Pointe-Claire, and Brossard.


Author: Reyhane Namdari

Childhood trauma physical and psychological pain

il y a 9 mois

Childhood is an important period of time for human beings. Exposure to traumatic experiences during this time can have negative lifetime effects on children’s mental health. While one may think of trauma as any sort of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect (emotional and physical), domestic violence or parental incarceration, researchers have indicated peer/sibling assault, bullying, nonsexual assault and witnessing any of the above-mentioned as traumatic experiences as well. Recent studies have found a strong association between adverse childhood experiences and future anxiety disorders, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, suicidal ideation, anger/aggression, and delinquent behavior.

The good news is that early interventions can reduce, if not eliminate, the greater symptoms of trauma. Art therapy and play therapy for children provide an appropriate therapeutic setting for kids to express their trauma-related emotions, re-play the events and make sense out of them. Cognitive behavior therapy for children and adolescents can also help reduce the maladaptive thought patterns related to the negative events. Our art therapists and behavioral therapists in West Island (Montreal) and Yorkville (Toronto) are specialized in working with kids who have experienced early childhood traumas. Visit our website at or call us at 514-999-3414 or obtain more information about our services.


Author: Reyhane Namdari

Use of art therapy in helping individuals with addiction issues


Art therapy is a complementary type of therapy used in combination with other techniques to offer an effective solution to the problems that someone with addiction issues might be facing. Art therapists use the individual's creativity as well as his personal imagination to engage him in art making. The aim is to relax their consciousness and relieve the pressure through different activities such as painting, sculpting, and drawing. Furthermore, even though there are other forms of expressive therapies like music therapy and dance therapy, but what makes art therapy truly an alternative and distinctive treatment is the fact that it uses more traditional forms of art as well as modern photography and sculpture in helping individuals express their emotions.

There is research that proves the efficiency of art therapy, and the use of it in different techniques, like the Gestalt methods, Active imagination, and Third-hand approach. The Gestalt method consists of a specialist working hand in hand with the client and using the artwork as an introduction into a more profound conversation, more generally as a tool to open them up to the vulnerable sides of themselves they tend to push down, because they have to describe the meaning of the specific artwork they created, in a way allowing them to become more comfortable with their inner struggles and release them more efficiently. Active imagination uses the psychological concept of spreading activation. Indeed, by starting with the certain creation, it activates patterns of associations to the concept represented by the artwork in the client’s brain and allowing to open gateways for deep introspection. The Third-hand technique emphasizes on help from the therapist to create the piece of art itself, thus calling it ''Third-hand'', because it is as if the therapist was the third hand involved in the creation, and this allows building a trustful relationship between the subject and the specialist.

Our art therapists in Montreal and West Island offer individual and group art therapy for individuals with addiction issues. Contact us or visit our website at for more information!

By: Nariman Namdari

My Defiant Child!


If you’re the parent of a defiant child, you are probably tired of the daily notes you receive regarding your child’s misbehavior at daycare, kindergarten, or school! You have probably felt frustrated, angry, fearful, or embarrassed when your kid is out of control and throws a tantrum at the mall, movies, or a family friend’s house!

While it’s not easy to manage a difficult kid, the following points provides a better understanding of the reasons for such behavior:

  • Lack of control can be frustrating. Young kids do not have the power or the say in most of their daily activities. To be fair, parents and instructors decide, if not dictate, everything. Giving your kid a sense of control over small daily matters, such as the color of the clothes he wants to wear or choosing the fruit for their snack, can reduce this frustration.
  • Lack of communication skills can also be frustrating. Young kids do not have access to a broad vocabulary. As such, articulating their needs and expressing their feelings is, at times, more difficult than what adults would imagine. Modeling these skills can help reduce their frustration.

While our Montreal art therapists do not overrule the role of nature in kids with difficult personalities, they provide age-appropriate tools to kids to help them develop skills to better express themselves. Moreover, our behavioral therapists in Montreal provide strategies to parents to better deal with their defiant kid.

To book an appointment with an art therapist, do not hesitate to contact us via our website at

By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art Therapist

Help your child adjust to change!


Change is an inevitable part of our lives! While some kids embrace change, others find it challenging. One of the changes that kids have to face every year is having a new teacher. For kids, who have a slower pace in bonding with new people, going back to school and not knowing what to expect can be an additional stressor. Parents can help reduce the stress by taking simple steps such as:

  • Volunteering to help the teacher before or after school with their child to help him/her have conversations with the teacher about their “favorites”, i.e, jokes, movies, and superheroes.
  • Asking your child what they like about the new teacher. Help them focus on what they like and what goes well in class instead of what they don’t like.
  • Calming down their fear of “not being liked”. Many kids are afraid that the new teacher might not like them. Remind them of their positive qualities and ask them to repeat this to themselves.

A positive bond between the teacher and your kid leads to a more favorable school perception, increased school performance, and lower levels of school avoidance.

Our behavioral therapists in Montreal can make returning to school an enjoyable event! Visit our website at for more information.

By: Reyhane Namdari/ Art therapist