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Catherine Emmanuelle Drapeau

Therapist, PhD Candidate

Catherine Emmanuelle Drapeau is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology (research and intervention), student member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). She is also an art therapist, professional member of the Association des Art-Thérapeutes du Québec (AATQ). She holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology (Université de Sherbrooke) and in art education (Concordia University) and a master’s degree in art therapy (Concordia University).

Her approach to psychotherapy (and art therapy) is humanistic and psychodynamic. Her work is client oriented. She focuses on building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship within which the therapeutic process can unfold according to the clients’ particular needs, characteristics, and life circumstances. She specializes in the treatment of trauma-related impacts (childhood or recent trauma, singular or recurrent traumatic experiences, vicarious trauma), anxiety, depression, self-esteem, and relationship-related difficulties.

Catherine Emmanuelle is currently working providing psychotherapy to police populations where she interned as a psychology doctoral student (2021-2022). Prior to this, she completed an internship with an adult clientele at the UQAM Psychological Services Center (2020-2021). In the context of her master’s degree in psychodynamic oriented art therapy (Concordia), she worked as an intern with at-risk populations at Expression Lasalle (community mental health center), where she provided art therapy services in the form of individual and group interventions with adults presenting various clinical issues (personality disorders, bipolar disorder, complex trauma, anxiety disorder). In 2013-2014, she developed and implemented an art therapy program (ongoing) at the Women’s Y in Montreal. In this setting, her art therapy work focused on themes such as trauma, identity, and self-assertion.

Since 2015, she has nurtured her interest in teaching and knowledge-sharing as a guest lecturer and, more recently, as a teaching assistant. Over the past few years, she has had the opportunity to discuss with students and professionals about art therapy and vicarious trauma, in various settings including hospitals, universities, and scientific conferences.

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