Cultural Counselling

The Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) is proud to be able to offer various forms of cultural counselling for our Indigenous students. Visiting Elders and Cultural Counsellors are available to meet one on one with students by appointment as well as by drop in. to learn more about when Visiting Elders or Cultural Counsellors are available at the ISC, please visit our calendar

To book an appoiintment with a Visiting Elder or Cultural Counsellor, please email, phone, or drop in to see Mandy Bragg at the Indigenous Student Cente. 

Cultural Counsellors

Allie Baillie

Métis Community Wellness Worker 

abaillie@laurentian.ca

Allie is  self-Identified Metis woman from Grand Bend, and has family roots in the Espanola area. She is working on her Indigenous Social Work degree from Laurentian University, and is completing her student field placement with the Indigenous Student Centre. In her role, she will be providing counselling and student support services from an empowering and decolonizing lens, in both a remote and on-campus capacity. Allie is proud to be actively working on and learning more about her culture, and hopes to continue to grow in her role with the Indigenous Student Centre.

Tisha Summers

Registered Art Therapist - Heal Through Love Art Therapy

tsummers@healthroughlove.ca

photo of Tisha Summers

Art Therapy provides a non-invasive form of psychotherapy. Art Therapy allows for individuals to express their unconscious emotions, traumas, and stressors. Traditionally First Nation people were creative and expressive in many different forms from dancing, music, crafts, and beading. Through intergenerational trauma many of these skills were taken and have recently been reclaimed. Along with art; traditional teachings, ceremonies, and traditional parenting were also lost through historical traumas. Heal Through Love Art Therapy knows the significance of traditional knowledge the understanding of the history, due to own personal lived experience and education, both traditional and western approach.

I have personally practiced art therapy in my life during times of stress and for positive mental health. Art Therapy allows for a release of difficult emotions and trauma's in a way that is non-threatening. Art can be understood by people of different backgrounds, languages, and cultures. Art allows for inclusion of many different people. Art Therapy can be healing, relaxing and comforting when used regularly.

To learn more about Tisha and Art Therapy, view her brochure