Marie-Pier is a registered clinical social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She has completed a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in criminology, and a minor in psychology, as well as a master’s degree in social work, both at the University of Ottawa. She is currently completing a microprogram in art therapy at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
Marie-Pier is a dedicated practitioner specializing in working with youths, young adults, and parents. Her practice embodies a holistic approach, recognizing the interconnectedness of physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. Passionate about understanding the unique journeys of her clients, Marie-Pier is committed to empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.
Marie-Pier’s expertise is particularly informed by attachment and trauma theory and research. Understanding that our feelings, thoughts, and actions are deeply rooted in the past and earlier experiences, she guides clients through the process of untangling, exploring, and processing thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. Within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, the focus is on cultivating a greater sense of connection with oneself and others.
Marie-Pier enhances her therapeutic toolkit by incorporating play therapy and art therapy approaches into her work. Recognizing the unique expressive qualities of play and art, she utilizes these modalities to deepen the exploration and communication of emotions, particularly with her younger clients. At the core of Marie-Pier’s approach is genuineness, honesty, and directness. This creates an environment that fosters exploration, learning, and evolution.
She has training and practical experience in the following areas:
- Suicide prevention and intervention (Safetalk and ASIST trainer, and AQPS training)
- Collaborative Problem Solving- Tier 1
- Integrative Trauma & Attachment Treatment Model (ITATM)
- Base foundation in play Therapy, CAPT and CTRI
- Brief intervention for School Clinicians (BRISC)
- Brief focused Counseling Skills (CBT, SBT, NT, SFT), CTRI
- Managing stress after a critical incident (GSIC)
- Motivational interviewing
- Non-violent crisis intervention
- Crisis intervention
Areas of practice include:
- Mood disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression)
- Relationship issues
- Attachment and trauma
- Emotional regulation
- Life transitions
- Stress Management
- Coping skills
- Holistic wellbeing
Outside of her work in the therapeutic realm, Marie-Pier finds joy and comfort in a diverse array of activities. She is an avid painter, using the canvas as a medium for self-expression and creativity. Nature serves as her sanctuary, providing a tranquil backdrop for reflection and rejuvenation. Marie-Pier maintains an active lifestyle, appreciating the benefits of physical well-being. At home, she cares for two feline companions, Kiwi and Milie, both of whom are bundles of affection.
Driven by a naturally curious mind, Marie-Pier can often be found immersed in books and engaging in continuous training, reflecting her commitment to lifelong learning and personal growth.