Jillian Bagan


Jillian is a queer identified, Registered Clinical Counsellor (#19386) and Certified Canadian Counsellor (# 10006165) with Masters in Art Therapy from Concordia University. They have been working in specialized clinics, rehabilitation centres, and community-based services for over 10 years. They believe in the power of creativity, and value mental-health initiatives, inclusion, and social responsibility. They are committed to generating value to clients by providing professional services that focus on abilities, goals, and strengths as well as recognizing the importance of being flexible, accessible and collaborative. Jillian has experience working directly with adults with developmental disabilities, young mothers or mother’s to be, LGBT2SQ+ clients, children and adolescence, clients who have experienced trauma and other mental health issues from various economic backgrounds and ethnicities. They have presented at conferences for Canadian Art Therapist Association, the Ontario Art Therapist Association, and Recreations Connections Manitoba. In 2018 they received an award for their promotion of community-building, queer visibility, and advocation for change towards greater inclusivity in the Creative Art Therapies field. They also hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, are a member in good standing of the Canadian Art Therapist Association, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.


Anxiety, Depression, Developmental Disabilities, Capacity Building, Emotional Regulation/Resiliency, Grief, Life Transitions, Loneliness, Queer Issues, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, and Trauma.


Jillian’s person-centred and trauma-informed approach is grounded in intersectional theories with a cultural care and safety lens. They focus on a person’s individual nature and encourage the client to take more of a lead-in therapy so that, in the process, they can discover their own solutions and use their personal intuition to find wisdom, growth, healing and fulfillment within themselves. In therapy, Jillian offers a safe, non-judgmental and nurturing space for clients to express themselves and process difficult feelings, life transitions and daily struggles. Jillian can help clients connect to a greater awareness of their experiences while releasing tension by using methods such as art-making, body movements, breath-work, creativity, experimentation, exploration, interpersonal communication, meditation, and visual guidance. Their use of Art Therapy aims to resolve internal conflicts or issues of lived experience. It also aims to help in developing strategic and healthy ways of coping with difficult situations.

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