Ridge Meadows Counselling


Mary Stanwood
Counsellor - Art Therapist


My Journey to Experience Hope

I have been working with young children since I was a young teen.  My journey from there until here has been a long and winding one, with many stops and excursions along the way (including having four children of my own).  I first heard about Play Therapy in 1984 and have been fascinated with the healing processes of play ever since.

I have taken a variety of courses in child development, play therapy, art therapy, and child psychotherapy – to name a few.  Now I am ready to launch into my own private practice.  Hold on, actually I have been doing private practice for about eight years – now I have an office space and am increasing the types of therapy I can provide.

I have experienced the hope that therapy can provide in my own life and I wish to take you on that journey in yours.

Experience Hope.

I’d love to hear from you and help you along your journey.


Hope means that when you wake up in the morning you have energy.

Hope means that when your children are screaming or crying you know how to respond.

Hope means that you can get your personal relationships to a higher level.

Hope means that you can experience the best that life has to offer you.

I’d love to hear from you and help you to experience hope in your life.


I have worked with children and families in a variety of capacities for over twenty-five years.

Ryerson Polytechnic Unversity

Bachelor of Applied Arts in Early Childhood Education

Vancouver Art Therapy Institute

Post-Bachelor Diploma in Art Therapy

Yorkville University

Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Training and Experience

Art Therapy SandTray Therapy Play Therapy CBT Attachment Therapy

I have been working as an Art Therapist in private practice for about eight years. Art is a great medium to use for self-expression, to increase emotional awareness, and is used to help a wide range of people. You do not have to be an artist to participate in Art Therapy.
SAND TRAY THERAPY I have levels one and two in sandtray therapy and have learned the wonders of this unique tool in therapy sessions for adults and children alike.
PLAY THERAPY I have over one hundred hours of education in play therapy but I am not a certified play therapist. I have incorporated play therapy in my work with families and children in various ways over the years.
+1 604 283 6318

300-22420 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 3J5

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