Art Therapist | Couples Therapist
Mairav Amouyal Verified
Licensed Professional Counselor, Psychotherapist
Art Therapist | Couples Therapist
Free Consultation | Student Discount
I am originally from Vancouver Canada, now living in Tel Aviv. I am a Registered Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist- working with Olim Chadashim, young professionals, university students, children (age 5+), and parents. I provide counselling and art therapy to facilitate with personal growth, developing resilience, improving relationships, and gaining a sense of empowerment, balance, and control in life. Through counselling and art therapy, I help clients to create the tools they need for personal development. By creating a safe space and a genuine relationship, clients can be creative and feel capable of making the changes they need in their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. I work with children, parents, and Olim one-to-one to address challenges including getting in control of emotions, handling stress, coping and thriving with diagnoses such as ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression, navigating and improving relationships, and recovering after loss or trauma. As an Olah Chadasha, I find it especially rewarding to work with the Olim and young professionals that have made significant life choices involved in making a move to Israel and building a new life. I provide a therapeutic outlet to help you to process emotions and gain personal insight, and to handle work pressures and other challenges inherent in transitioning between different cultures and communities. I realize that living and working remotely often requires a lot of flexibility, I also offer online zoom sessions. I aim to help my clients develop more resilience for the future by fostering a sense of courage, capability, connection, and significance. I provide purposeful and focused treatment, that is collaborative and shaped by client goals. I draw on theories that suit unique client needs. I work with a level of professionalism, and also informally, authentically, and results-oriented.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C) #16281 - British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
Licensed Couples and Family Therapist #6981 - Israeli Association of Couples and Family Therapy (האגודה הישראלית לטיפול זוגי ומשפחתי)
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Anxiety / Panic
Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Behavioral Concerns In Children
Adlerian Psychology / PsychotherapyAdlerian therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented, and positive psychodynamic therapy. It focuses on the development of individual personality while asserting that
humans are interconnected. During therapy, practitioners pay particular attention to beliefs and behaviors that were developed by the client in childhood.
Clients’ behavior is explored in the context of their sense of ‘fitting in’ in their community and society. The goal of therapy is to acquire a more positive
and productive way of life by developing new insights, skills, and behaviors. This is achieved through 4 stages of Adlerian Psychotherapy:
1. Engagement: The client and therapist begin to establish the therapeutic relationship. The relationship consists of collaboration towards addressing the client's problems.
2. Assessment: Gathering information about the client's life and presenting concerns. In this part of therapy, the therapist attempts to understand how the client may have developed certain styles of thinking that are no longer helpful or adaptive for them.
3. Insight: The therapist helps the client gain insight into their behavior and motivations and helps to develop new ways of thinking about his or her situation.
4. Reorientation: Encouraging the client to use their newfound insight and goals to to develop new strategies that the client can use in daily life.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a form of therapy that is based on the principles of behaviorism. This type of therapy focuses on the use of positive reinforcement and operant conditioning techniques to teach new skills, modify behavior, and improve communication. ABA therapy is used to treat a variety of disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and other developmental disabilities.
Art TherapyArt therapy has clients express themselves through creative mediums such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting. Clients can interpret their subconscious world that is expressed in their art which could lead to a better understanding of their feelings and behavior. Artistic talent is not a prerequisite for art therapy as it’s not as much about the end result as much as it is about the process. The therapist looks for meaning in the creative choices of the work and the clients’ inner world. This therapeutic method enables clients to express their inner thoughts and feelings through creative expression rather than just talking about them.
Expressive Arts TherapyExpressive Arts Therapy is particularly beneficial for clients who struggle with describing what they are feeling verbally. Through imagination and creation of different art forms, clients are able to interpret and communicate their inner world and catalyze healing. Expressive arts therapy can involve the use of multiple modalities, such as visual arts, music, movement, drama, storytelling, poetry, and play. It is used to help individuals of all ages, including children and adults, to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, and solve problems.
Gottman MethodThe Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships and resolve conflicts. This method is based upon decades of research on thousands of couples and utilizes an approach that is both structured and collaborative. The method is designed to help couples increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understanding, and to keep conflict discussions calm. It emphasizes the importance of self-regulation, constructive communication, and creating a safe environment for couples to talk and work through their issues. During sessions, couples work on skills such as active listening and expressing needs and feelings effectively. Couples are also given tools to identify and work through conflicts by using problem-solving techniques and developing strategies to manage emotions and reduce stress.
Narrative TherapyNarrative therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the stories, or narratives, of a person's life in order to help them gain insights into their situation and develop skills to make positive changes. It is based on the idea that people construct their own stories and meanings to make sense of their lives and experiences. It emphasizes the strengths, values, and skills of the person, while also exploring the influences of culture and context on their life. Narrative therapy seeks to empower individuals by helping them to identify and use their inner resources to overcome challenges and create positive change.
Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)Person-centered therapy, or Rogerian therapy, was developed by Carl Rogers in the 1940’s. It is a form of talk therapy that emphasizes the importance of providing psychological safety, unconditional positive regard, and empathic understanding to clients. This type of therapy is based on the belief that individuals have an innate capacity for self-actualization and self-understanding and that the therapist's role is to provide a supportive environment in which this process can take place. Through the use of active listening, open-ended questions, and non-judgmental reflection, the therapist helps the client to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and accepting environment. By doing so, clients are able to gain insight into their issues, develop a greater understanding of themselves, and work towards personal growth.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based practice used to help children, adolescents and their parents who have experienced a single or multiple traumatic events. This type of therapy combines cognitive and behavioral strategies to help people process their traumatic experiences, manage their distress, develop coping skills, and restore their sense of safety and well-being. TF-CBT focuses on education and skill-building, creating an environment of safety and trust, and using therapeutic activities to help people understand their responses and control their symptoms. Children are shown how perceptions may be distorted and are given the tools to redesign those perceptions. TF-CBT is a skills-based model, and it requires the child and parent to practice its components in order to be optimally effective. Parents and children are commonly asked to practice skills at home.