gabriel keczan art therapy somatic counselling nelson bc

I create safety for my clients to feel comfortable and resourced so they can share deeply and gain insight. I have a deep commitment to meeting each client where they are at. With a background as a Heart Yoga Instructor, which is the sacred marriage of yoga and mysticism, I have an integrated body-mind approach to my work. I also facilitate nature-based rites of passage programs with youth based on a combination of the Work That Reconnects, Creative Arts Therapies and the 8 Shields approach to Coyote Mentoring. I work with families both privately and through community services. I deliver art therapy in schools, and work privately with youth, couples and adult individuals.  I specialize in facilitating soul work with men at all ages of the life cycle.

I studied Relational Somatic Counselling which includes a powerful trauma resolution toolkit.  I deliver Resource and Birth Psychology Education programs for New Dads.  I have taken Integration Group Facilitation Training with The Mankind Project and facilitate weekly therapeutic groups for men, privately.  I am also a Restorative Justice case facilitator and hold an honours Diploma in Transformative Justice from Selkirk College’s Mir Centre for Peace.  As a Child and Youth Counsellor with the PEACE Program I am trained in Violence Prevention and am an advocate for expanding mental health services for men in community.  I am also part of a team delivering psycho-educational workshops for college and high school aged youth with the BC Sexual Consent Campaign as well as Wilderness Rites of Passage and Creative Arts-based Educational Programming for male identified youth.

I live with my beautiful wife, our two sons and my two bonus daughters in the beautiful West Kootenay Region of British Columbia, Canada.  I was raised with four sisters on a farm in and a large extended family in Beamsville, Ontario.  I have called these mountains home for 18 years and feel deeply connected with the mossy forests and pristine waters of the Columbia Basin. I see myself as a guest on the un-ceded homeland, xaʔxáʔ tumxʷulaʔxʷ of the Sinixt, Ktunaxa and Syilx peoples.  

Professional Memberships

Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)
Association of Co-operative Counselling Therapists of Canada

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