Discover how to bring more joy into your life, despite the trauma of separation & divorce
Cathy Tremblay, MC:AT
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified Art Therapist
Certified EMDR Therapist
Certified Synergetic Play Therapist
Key credentials & additional trainings:
Certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)
Synergetic Play Therapy (currently in certification training)
Expressive Play therapy I & II
Attachment Informed certificate
Introduction to Disaster Psychosocial
CPR/AED Level C
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Informed Support training
safeTALK - Suicide Alertness training
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
My name is Cathy.
I am a mom of 2 adult daughters, a divorced & remarried woman, only daughter to an aging single mother, a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters degree in Counselling & a specialization in Art therapy, a mature person that can (sometimes) be immature, someone that wants to exercise but struggles to do it, although, I have completed 3 half-marathons & joined a co-ed soccer team at 53 (having never played soccer before ~ EVER!). I am real, down to earth, approachable, kind, patient, funny, non-judgmental, & understanding (I think that was a run-on sentence!).
However, below is why I am so passionate about helping women & children...
There was a time that I couldn’t imagine that I could experience happiness & joy in my life.
In the early ‘60s...
my mom was forced to raise me all by herself. She had to work full-time as there were no social service benefits for single mothers. I felt ashamed because divorce was not a common occurrence. I felt personal blame for my parents’ divorce. I also felt invisible & alone. As an only child, I was alone most of the time & in that era ‘children were to be seen & not heard’. I wasn’t allowed to have a voice to share how I felt or share the trauma that I was experiencing. As a small child I felt alone, dreamless, & depressed.
As a teen…
I struggled with ‘fitting in’. I escaped my pain & lived trauma by turning to food, drugs, & alcohol. In hind sight, I see this behaviour was my coping mechanism. A survival technique that I used to hide my feelings of my trauma experiences.
When I eventually…
married & had two children, at first glance everything about my life looked perfect, I had followed the rules. We lived in our own home, had 3 cars, a boat, a dog & 2 kids. However, behind closed doors everything was slipping through my fingers. I experienced severe post-partum depression, & my sense of hopelessness grew. My marriage was falling apart, & my children were expressing the difficulties in our family home & eventually divorced.
Desiring to understand my children’s struggles…
& knowing that I wanted to help my children & others, I began my journey into the helping profession, & decided to go back to school. I knew I wanted to show my clients that they had a voice & could share what they were experiencing in their lives. I wanted them to be seen, heard & validated.
Throughout my school journey to earn my masters in clinical counselling…
I was a single mother at one point on welfare, living in government housing & lining up for Christmas hampers, working part-time as a cashier,
I have walked a journey…
that has brought me to the place I now stand; & I stand here without judgment of others. We all have our own journey & I truly believe that my job on Earth is to help others & support them as they learn & try to make sense of their own life lessons.
Now I am honoured…
to be able to show up & support my clients in their journey of finding themselves after divorce & helping them navigate towards a life full of joy & happiness.
If you alone can’t imagine your life with happiness & joy…then let’s IMAGINE together.
Let’s walk this path together.