Marjolaine Tanguay-Frechette

Marjolaine Tanguay is a member of Quebec’s Art Therapy Association and she obtained her Master’s degree in art therapy at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue in 2016. She has also graduated since 2006 from a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Montreal and from a certificate in visual arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. For several years during her years of studies Marjolaine worked as a mental health worker in residential settings (group homes and supervised apartments) before being hired at a crisis center Le Soleil Levant. These experiences have enabled her to help people with diverse, often complex and interrelated problems, including: serious and persistent mental health disorders, personality disorders and substance abuse issues. His experience in crisis center was also a springboard to develop his ability to hear and contain the suffering experienced by clients. All while helping these people to quickly recover the feelings of integrity and internal security that comes with the return to a better level of functioning. She still works for the crisis center and she is currently developing her private practice in art therapy.

During her clinical internships in art therapy, Marjolaine had the chance to intervene with a number of different clienteles including adults, children and adolescents. She has completed more than 600 hours of art therapy internships including 300 hours at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and 150 hours at the CLSC Bordeaux-Cartierville in Montreal. This was an opportunity for her to become familiar with issues such as those related to emotional development and those related to behavioral problems in children and adolescents.

The approach she uses combines the use of speech and artistic creation to allow the person to get in motion and to discover herself by supporting the idea of getting in touch with her internal world and imagination. The way in which the professional intervenes also favors the emergence of new, more creative, coping strategies compared to those the person used to have; artistic creation permitting to take a fresh look at our experience and functioning.

Marjolaine is known for her sensitivity and respect for the client’s subjective experience. She is also known for her good listening abilities and her empathy toward the person’s difficulties while helping that person to focus on her personal strengths and resources as well. She will work with you in recognizing the more painful parts of your experience as well as developing your full creative potential, which is seen as connected to your personal growth.

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