Gina Frank (She/Her) is a Mental Health Professional based in Squamish, BC

I completed my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2006 (Barry University), and for the majority of my career I have been employed as a High School Counsellor (Substance Use and Mental Health). In 2015 I completed the Post Graduate Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate (University at Buffalo) and in 2020, I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Creative & Expressive Art Therapy (Northwest Creative & Expressive Arts Institute of Seattle) and have since begun incorporating the arts into my practice. I am currently employed with SD48 working in Squamish Schools as an On-Call Education Assistant in addition to offering counselling services through Creative Counselling. I am a member of the BC Association of Social Workers.

My practice is focused on using Creative and Expressive Arts blended with traditional talk therapy to help young people work through various opportunities to heal and grow. Art Based Approaches include : Writing, Poetry, Painting, Dance/Movement, Drama, Music and Play. My approach is Strength Based, Client-Centered and grounded in Evidenced Based Practice. Over the past 15 years working in a High School setting I have learned that young minds can flourish when the therapeutic alliance is made stronger with the use of a creative and expressive outlet. I dream of adding a nature based component to my practice where Art Based Therapies can be experienced outdoors.

Most of my sessions are currently offered online. I am offering some in person sessions (downtown location).

My areas of focus

  • ages 12-24
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural Concerns
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidality & Self Harm

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Creative & Expressive Therapies
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Relational Frame Theory (RFT)
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma-Informed & Attachment Based

Contact:

squamishcreative@gmail.com