With support you become increasingly aware of how you uniquely perceive and experience the world. You can begin to understand what's keeping you stuck, why you experience particular personal triggers (triggers are those subconscious impulses that can create a fight, flight or paralyzing response to people, places or events) and where you want to begin to make changes. As you explore your inner landscape you become increasingly grounded in understanding who you are and how you want to reclaim your life.
I believe we are all creative and our growth depends on creating collaborative interventions in our
work together, that support your unique strengths while challenging you to examine your life and
the patterns of interaction that keep you stuck, unfulfilled and unhappy.
You can begin to learn how to use your creative potential to develop new skills, new possibilies, a
new way of looking at your barriers and finding better more satisfying ways to increase your self
acceptance and live in new and meaningful ways; the old, tired, patterns of interaction that are not
working or create barriers to fulfillment can be changed. I also remain committed to working with
other therapists as part of my private practice, because these collaborations usually results in
improved outcomes for clients and also enhance my growth as a therapist. I love to learn how other
therapist work and collaborate with their clients! I believe there is always room for growth and
ongoing skill development, curiosity, creativity and hope.
Presently, I maintain my private practice in London near beautiful Harris Park as well as supporting
the work of the respected and renowed London agency; The London Employee Assistance
Consortium (LEAC) an agency that has worked for 30 years supporting individuals, couples and
families in London and surrounding communities.
My practice uses various therapy modalities because I believe that individuals are unique and no
one therapy could possibly capture the complexities of the human spirit or support change using
only one approach. My experience and area of expertise in anti-oppressive practice, human
development, empowerment and attachment styles includes; Gestalt, Impact Therapy, Jungian,
Solution Focused, Satire Family Systems, Narrative and usually incooporates creative expression
visual art and music.
My focus also includes acknowledging the individual as the expert in their own lives. I don't claim
to have the answers to your life's questions but I can help you find a pathway to discovering
Depression, Anxiety, Relationships, Self Esteem and Identify, Conflict Resolution, Communication,
Loss & Grief, Parenting, Roles and Identity, Addictions, Abuse and Historical Trauma are just some
of the life stories we explore.
I hold a degree in Child and Adolescent Development from Mount Saint Vincent University,
Halifax, Nova Scotia; (1990), which grounds my work in human development;
(emotional, physical, cognitive, social and spiritual), attachment styles and life stages.
I also hold a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener
Waterloo, Ontario. My graduate practice provided an opportunity to support mental health at
Regional Mental Health, St. Thomas where I developed a visual art-meditative group exercise
for adults suffering with mood and anxiety challenges. I also supported individuals and families
facing or dealing with organ replacement at London Health Sciences; University Hospital.
This work has further expanded my appreciation and understanding of the power of the
human spirit to both expand and retract when faced with life's challenges and our soul's work.
The immensity of the human spirit to grow, create and connect to our inner world is available to
us all if we can find a pathway that leds us back to our authentic selves. I work from an
anti-oppressive, strengths based, feminist orientation that honours individuals and recognizes
courage and resiliency. My background includes many years supporting individuals, couples and
parents struggling to parent children and youth with behavioural, emotional and attachment
based issues, women abuse, violence awareness, childhood truama, eating disorders, addictions
and relational conflicts.
With increased awareness of how you uniquely perceive and experience the world, you can begin to understand what's keeping you stuck or creating resistance and where to make changes to better increase your personal power and purpose. You become the master designer of your own authentic life and can begin to creatively grow without fear, guilt, shame or anxiety.
You can develop coping strategies to reduce anxiety, panic and begin to move your life in the direction you choose. A life of your own design, creatively growing and exploring without resistance and fear.
With over 20 years experience supporting women, men, children, youth and families, I am committed to supporting individual growth, development and empowerment. Begin your journey today; design your own life instead of living someone else's creation.
Finding an Approach to Therapy that Works for YOU!
For example, in Narrative Therapy the focus may be on reclaiming your preferred identity, rebuilding your dominate story and finding answers that work in your life, helping you to uncovering your truths. At Designs for Creative Growth Therapy we integrate body-centred, expressive arts into our work with individuals and groups through our individual work and intensive workshops. This is incorporated into our individual sessions by exercises that help you to become aware of your body; reactions and responses. The first step is to understanding how your experiences are related to your own self awareness. Sometimes this may be as simple as offering journals to safely record your thoughts and feelings. Further reflection may include music or using visual art as an expression of your feelings, fears or anxiety.
I also invite individuals to explore meditation and drawing exercises to reduce anxiety and to support mindfulness and self awareness. I am committed to finding creative ways, with you, to explore and grow your awareness and your confidence.
The therapeutic process becomes a co-creation; that starts where you; the individual. You choose where you want to begin and expand to where you want to journey. Children and youth can also experience empowerment and change as they are taught age appropriate coping strategies and are supported as they learn to identify their feelings. Self expression can reveal strengths they never thought they had and expressive arts can help facils process.
If we live with creativity, we learn to think “outside the box” and create solutions that are best suited to our own needs.
If we live with creativity, we learn to celebrate the richness of life.
If we live with creativity, we learn to express ourselves and share ourselves confidently with the world.
If we live with creativity, we see the beauty in the world and don't confuse beauty with things we buy with money.
If we live with creativity, we sees ourselves as part of the entire picture of creation and don’t self, other or earth harm.
If we live with creativity, we are encouraged to explore the textures of life and learn to value differences as unique, wonderful and a natural part of the fabric of life.
If we live with creativity, we have the opportunity to craft a life that has meaning and richness for ourselves.
If we live with creativity, we learn to value the unique and don’t seek the approval of others to feel worthwhile.
If we live with creativity, we learn that we are an individual; worthy of love and respect
and we confidently create our place in the world.
Copyright Brenda MacGillivray, London, ON, November 2000.
Creativity and Meditation workshops focus on increasing connection with our creative essence and our creativity, by providing exercises that invite stillness and self-expression, movement, mobility, joy and drama. By understanding what we truly desire we can creatively create, manage and resolve conflict, find solutions to our challenges and improve the way in which we communicate our needs and desires to both ourselves and others. These workshops encourgage "thinking outside the box" and "recognizing the power you have within to resolve, create and imagine new possibilities never before realized." CREATIVITY; exploring new pathways to problem-solving also include opportunities for exploration within the natural environment. The workshops increase self efficacy (our personal belief in our own power to create what we need) and reclaim our HOPE and encourage our AUTHENTIC WITH THEMSELVES AND OTHERS.
INDIVIDUAL, COUPLES AND FAMILIES:
Individuals, Couples and Families learn to embrace their unique wisdom and perceptions, to recognize their strenghts and to listen to their voice.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH:
Children and Youth learn to trust themselves, use their creativity, problem solving and develop a sense of connection with their peers and mentors. Most importantly, they learn to have faith in themselves, that every problem has a solution and that they have the ability to CREATE those solutions!
COMPANIES AND SCHOOLS:
Companies learn to listen to their employees contributions and to build teams that recongize the value intrinsic in each and every person and how to invite and use creativity to produce growth and nurture potential.
Schools learn how important it is to inspire their staff and engage their creativity so they can spread their inspiration to their students and ignite parents! Studies have proven that when parents are engaged in their children's school life, children excel and parent-school relationships grow strong, authentic and productive.
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"Brenda is a genuine, authentic and inspirational human being. She truly seeks to engage individuals and groups to reclaim their essence and their sense of wholeness. She is especially sensitive to needs of children and youth, having worked for so many years supporting their development. With her expertise in assessment, background and knowledge in clinical and community social work, mental health and program development, she understands and listens to others and helps design workshops that are sure to inspire." "Her artistic, visual art background helps ignite the creativity in everyone!"
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