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It never ceases to amaze me how powerful the human spirit is – even in the face of extreme challenges, distress and trauma. Through our work together, we can find new ways of protecting the self, while also realizing the amazing capacity of our brain and body.

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Creative Counselling team

Master of Social Work (MSW) Counsellor and Certified Expressive Art Therapist (EXAT)

Carrie Nyitrai MSW, RSW Expressive Art Therapist (EXAT)

I am a registered Master of Social Work (MSW) Counsellor and Certified Expressive Art Therapist (EXAT) as well as the only EMDR Certified Counsellor in NWO.

I obtained my MSW from Lakehead University and my area of specialty has been trauma counselling in the area of domestic violence with women and children.

My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, loss, and healing from traumatic events. For a number of years I also worked in the field of addictions and use a harm reduction approach. I have been a counsellor in the Thunder Bay area working at the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre and Children’s Centre Thunder Bay.

My passion for helping individuals led me to explore the modality of Expressive Arts to help people begin the healing process. Expressive Arts is an evidence informed, cutting edge approach to healing. One common goal I have always maintained is to help people deal with day to day struggles and heal from life’s unfortunate events. I feel expressing one’s self through art, music, movement, writing, dance and drama will give you a new way to look at self-care and healing.


Tamara Byrne, MSW, RSW

I am a compassionate social worker who aims to provide an inclusive, safe and non-judgmental counselling experience that respects all individuals regardless of culture, sexual orientation and/or world view.

My focus is to understand the needs of the clients I support and offer therapeutic approaches that promote healing, growth, empowerment, resilience and facilitate change in the clients I work with.

My goal is to diversify the counselling space to meet the needs of our community members. I use an eclectic approach that is customized to fit the unique needs, interests, and backgrounds of each client I support.


  • Solution Focus Therapy
  • Development Trauma Resilience
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Systemic Racism and Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention