Helen Stirling (Bzdel)
Helen Stirling (Bzdel) has both a Master and Bachelor degree in Social Work, a post-graduate/advanced diploma in Art Therapy and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. Helen is a Certified Laughter Leader - Expert Level Practitioner and is the Canadian trainer for the World Laughter Tour. Helen is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher.

Helen obtained her certificate in Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in February, 2010 through the William Glasser Institute. Helen holds certificates in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Individual Crisis Intervention, and Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention.

Helen brings a variety of education, work and life experiences to her practice. Helen has over twenty-five years of experience in working with children, adolescents and adults of various ethnicities and cultures. These clients have often been in crisis, whether in the community, or in youth and adult correctional facilities. Helen has extensive experience facilitating groups. She is registered with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) as a Registered Social Worker and is also on the SASW Private Practice Registry. Helen is also registered as a Social Worker for web-based therapy in the province of Alberta. She is a Registered member of CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association), a Professional Member with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA). Helen has presented on the benefits of art therapy in an adult forensic/psychiatric setting at conferences at both a national and international level.

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Helen holds certificates in both the Basic and Advanced Week of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management certificates through the William Glasser Institute.
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Art therapy offers clients an opportunity to explore issues and concerns through a creative process that does not rely on words.
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Welcome to A Life's Journey Counselling & Art Therapy

Are you satisfied with where you are going in life?

Could you use assistance with:

  • Expressing and managing your emotions in a healthy and effective manner?
  • Recognizing and working through anxiety?
  • Learning skills for relaxation and stress reduction?
  • Recognizing your own areas of inner strength?
  • Achieving your greatest potential?
  • Setting realistic, attainable and measurable goals?
  • Working through family of origin issues?
  • Assistance with improving your communication with others?
  • Improving your assertiveness skills?
  • Challenging your unhealthy thoughts and changing them to healthy thoughts?
  • Gaining support in making healthy changes in your life?
  • Expressing your thoughts and feelings through art rather than through words?

The symbol chosen for A Life's Journey is the Inukshuk. The Inukshuk is a beacon. For travellers in Canada's North, an Inukshuk is a welcome sight. It is a guide for a "safe journey through life's travels". The traditional meaning of the Inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path". Today, the Inukshuk has been adopted as a symbol to remind us of our dependence on each other and the value of strong relationships.

Helen's personal interpretation of the Inukshuk is, "May your journey be safe". There are many types of Inukshuks that all vary in shape and size, just as there are so many types of people with diverse life challenges. Helen believes that the symbolism of the Inukshuk in regard to travel and journey fits with the challenges, choices and changes she has made in her own life. Thus, the Inukshuk seems to be a fitting symbol for mental health and personal wellbeing.

A Life's Journey Counselling & Art Therapy:

"Assisting you on your journey of discovery through life; enhancing your inner strength and achieving your greatest potential."

We have a dream inside ourselves,
A gift to us at birth,
To guide us and protect us,
On our journey on this earth.

We all have something special,
Each one of us unique,
You have to find the courage,
To find the peace you seek.

So dream your dream and live your dream,
Don't be afraid to try,
Just take your soul by the hand,
And let your spirit fly.

Maureen Weiner
Australian Poet

First Nations and Inuit peoples who hold a treaty number may qualify for counselling at no cost. As an approved mental health therapist with Indigenous Services Canada, Helen can provide therapy to assist you on your journey to discovery.

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Testimonials From Current & Previous Clients

"A Life's Journey Counselling has been my 'Road to Recovery'. Helen has given me the tools in which to grow and when I stumble, she picks me up and encourages me to laugh and try again! I can't imagine going through life without her support." C.S.

"Helen's mentorship and support is deeply respectful and non-directive. She listens carefully and gently offers insightful questions and ideas to consider, creating a very comfortable and inviting space to creatively express and explore oneself." K.B.

"I highly recommend Helen as a counsellor and Art therapist. I have been seeing Helen regularly since November of 2019. She was always available if I needed help between sessions. I had never tried art therapy, it has helped in every aspect of my life. I was having trouble sleeping and experienced panic attacks at night. I am able to sleep now and rarely have a panic attack. I have been able to get back to enjoying my own art making and creativity. I feel am much more assertive at work and home, and am able to establish healthy boundaries. I am much more relaxed in general. I am able to allow myself time to heal and be more creative. I was experiencing creative blocks prior to seeing Helen, these blocks are also going away. She is such a great person, very easy to talk to, best counsellor I have had period." T.B.
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