Therapeutic Sessions

Welcome to the Therapeutic Space at Circle Studios

At Circle Studios we believe in creativity of all kinds. We believe when two people who connect authentically in a counseling or coaching role come together in a session, magic happens.

We encourage making creative expression part of your healing journey and offer a variety of supportive professionals in a confidential environment to create a plan tailored to your needs!


Book an Appointment Here with One of our Team Members:

Art Therapists, Social Workers, Life and Business Coaching.

You can contact the individual therapist for bookings or complete your booking online below.

What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses visual arts as a major expressive modality within the therapy space. In this confidential and creative space, the client expresses their emotions artistically and verbally, allowing for a unique means of exploring ones thoughts and feelings.

Art therapy is both an internal experience, allowing for introspection through art making, but it also enhances the externalization of emotion. Through the use of symbolism and metaphor, emotions and experiences become living entities which can then be interacted with. Artistic expression can be helpful for expressing emotions which are difficult to verbalize.

Art therapy is beneficial for all ages, and is used to enhance the quality of life for people living with (but not limited to): anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, addictions, grief and bereavement, trauma, among others. One does not need any experience with art to benefit from art therapy; the process of creation is far more important than the product.

Contact our art therapist to begin your creative journey!

What is Counselling?

Counselling helps you use your own strengths and resources to face the challenges that you may be experiencing in your life. Our counsellors can assist people who have encountered trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, relationships, self-esteem, or any other difficulty preventing you from living a fulfilled life.

Counsellors can work with you to set goals for personal growth, address the hurt you have experienced, and expand your coping skills for emotional, mental, and spiritual well being. Our counsellors use a trauma-informed approach, mindfulness, and arts-based activities to help children, youth, and adults.

In counselling sessions you can expect emotional support, education, and artistic interventions. Each client will have their own wellness plan according to their individual needs and goals.

Contact us to book an appointment today!


What is Coaching All About?

Coaching isn’t about giving you advice on how you should or shouldn’t live. You have all the answers within you.

However, hearing this answers, or getting to know who you really are, and what you really want in life, is not always possible on your own. And here the role of coaching begins.

You are the expert in your life – the coach is the expert in the process of helping you to achieve whatever you desire in the essential areas of your life.

Here at Circle Studios you will receive a holistic approach to coaching, as every domain of your life (personal, business, relationships, etc.) affects each other.

Through coaching you will discover the way to live a happy life and to realize your wildest dreams. And now Life is too short to postpone it for tomorrow.

The time for change is today.

Let’s create the life you deserve and desire!

Meet the Team!

Carly Leyburne, DTATI

Booking: Wednesdays weekly

We are all inherently creative beings, yet in our busy lives, we rarely give ourselves the time to honour this part of ourselves. Art therapy gives us the space to awaken the power of creativity that is already inside of us. When we make art, we are able to truly see ourselves, which leads to transformation and healing. This is the magic of art therapy. You don’t need to be an artist, you need only be yourself! Art therapy is wonderful for adults, teens, and children alike.

My approach is trauma-informed, mindfulness-based, and always focused on you, the client. I work with those who have anxiety, depression, grief, addictions, social anxiety, sensory disorders, and workplace and academic stress. I offer affirmative support for those within the LGBTQ2+ community and their families, and for anyone who is looking to expand their creativity.

Talking about our problems can be tough. You may find that when making art, your words flow more easily, and you are able to speak more authentically about what you’re going through. I look forward to connecting to see how art therapy may work for you!

To book an appointment, or a free 15-minute consultation, please email me at, or call or text at 514-434-8245. Consultations can be done over phone, email, or in person.

Appointment types:

Free 15 minute Art Therapy Consultation

Cost: $80 per session

Individual Adult Art Therapy – 60 minutes
In art therapy, you will be invited to share about what is going on for you through a combination of both talking and art making. You may choose to use the art however you wish, and I am here for you as a guide and witness to your journey.

Individual Teen Art Therapy – 60 minutes
Sometimes it can be hard to talk to others about what is going on for you. In art therapy, you can talk as much or as little as you like. You may find it is a great way to express your inner emotions, and I will be there to support you along the way.

Individual Child Art Therapy – 60 minutes
Sometimes it can be hard for your child to talk about what is going on for them. In art therapy, they can talk as much or as little as they like. They may find it is a great way to express their inner emotions, and I will be there to support them along the way.

Contact Info:
514-434-8245 (text preferred)

Emma Griffiths: Registered Social Worker

Booking: Thursdays weekly

My passion as a counsellor is helping youth and adults build healthy relationships with themselves and others. I take a trauma informed and intersectional approach and practice harm reduction wherever possible. I use an eclectic set of therapeutic tools, drawing on multiple modalities including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and strengths-based approaches.

Counselling can be a useful process for many people. I work with youth and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, self harm and suicidal feelings. Drawing on my professional and personal experiences, I am excited about helping people build resilience, build or rebuild relationships (including polyamory and ethical non-monogamy), exploring LGBTQ+ identities or learning how to support a loved one exploring these issues, and breaking down cultural messages to encourage body positivity and self-love. I have a BSW and an MSW degree and am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I’m a queer person raising two queer kids with my chosen family in downtown Hamilton. In my spare time, I enjoy being a huge nerd about pop culture, crafting things for the people I love, and listening to true crime and science podcasts.

I am available on Thursdays, typically between 10-5. If you need to meet at an earlier or later time, please contact me directly and I will try to accommodate your needs.

I provide 50 minute sessions at a rate of $100 per session for individuals at $120 per session for couples. It is important to me that counselling be accessible to everyone, so if finances are a barrier, please contact me directly and we can explore different options.

You may be able to submit your receipt for reimbursement by your insurance provider. Please check your benefits coverage to see if counselling through a Registered Social Worker is covered.

I accept payment via cash or e-transfer to:

You can contact me via email at, or at 289 799 3275 (texting welcome). Visit my website at

Having originally attended Medical School at the University of Western Ontario, I made a few pivots in my career.
After completing a Master’s degree (and 1 year of a PhD) in Classics, I returned to the health field and ultimately received my training in dietetics through the University of British Columbia. Over the past 6 years I have worked locally as part of a family health team.

Take advantage of free virtual nutrition counselling sessions with Monika on Wednesdays – please book below

Monika Urbanski: Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor

on Fridays Weekly


Greetings! I am here to support you in your eating habits, food choices, and nutritional health.
As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, I can help you identify your needs, find your diet pattern of best fit, and guide you through the mindset changes and habit building process that enables sustainable lifestyle health improvement.
I have thousands of hours of experience counseling on nutrition for health and specific health conditions, and coaching people through the process of making stable diet and habit shifts. Choosing what to eat involves more than identifying one or several superfoods — nutritional science is murky and dieting messaging is contradictory. More importantly, the human experience determines much more about how and what we eat than knowledge does. I can help you sift through the knowns and unknowns of nutrition, coach you to follow a specific diet pattern, and/or guide you through the process of Intuitive Eating.
Intuitive Eating helps us to pursue Health at Every Size. With Intuitive Eating, we put weight on the back burner to focus on the deeper underlying issues governing our food relationships and destabilizing habits, and on kindling the motivation for optimal health through authentic self-care NOW, not when we reach a specific shape or size. Intuitive Eating also helps us to pursue a state of flow in all aspects of our lives and to learn and respond to innate and intrinsic eating triggers vs applying generic food rules that may be well intended, but often chafing and impermanent.
Focus areas include:
– Intuitive or Mindful Eating
– Plant-based diet patterns
– Mediterranean diet patterns
– Food, mood, and mental health
– Intermittent Fasting
– Emotional/Mindless Eating
– Binge Eating or disordered eating tendencies
– Nutritional deficiencies
I am available to meet at Circle Studios Every Friday, usually between 10-5.

Appointment Types:

Complimentary Meet & Greet (Free): 15 minutes

Schedule a 15-minute chat or drop by the therapy room if my door’s open.

Initial Sessions ($125): 75 minutes
We explore current habits, patterns, and challenges and we decide on the best approach and a plan of action.

Follow-up Sessions ($120/hr): 30-60 minutes depending on frequency and complexity.
We review goals and experiences since the last session, discuss solutions to new issues, and choose next steps.

GROUP CLASSES will be offered on specific topics of interest periodically.


Billing Details

I offer direct billing for the majority of insurance providers. Otherwise, I accept payment upfront via secure, online invoicing that is powered by Stripe. After booking, clients receive an invoice with the option to click and pay, followed by an emailed receipt. Automatic, recurring payments can also be set up for regular visits. Cash and Cheque are accepted as well.

Find helpful information and tips on my website:
Follow me on twitter here
Email me at
Phone or text: 905-347-1384 (I prefer website or email communication first)

Maria Huerta: Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Trauma Assessor

on Saturdays Weekly

I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to enhance their well-being and achieve their life goals and dreams. I am a caring and experienced psychotherapist with over 20 years of practice in the mental health field.

Areas of intervention for all ages:
Family violence
Trauma related symptoms
Anxiety, Depression, Stress management
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Suicide prevention
Additional services:
Grief and loss
Attachment disruptions
Cognitive and developmental difficulties
Life changes (divorce, work)
My qualifications:
Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario
Certified Trauma assessor
B.A. in Psychology
M.A. Education Univ. of Zacatecas, Mexico
Addictions Care-Worker Certificate from Mc Master University

I worked in the school system in all levels providing counseling services. During the last 14 years, I have provided counseling services to the Native community in Toronto.

My goal as a mental health professional is to work with you to identify your needs and explore ways to achieve balance. I am thrilled to be part of Circle Studios and start offering my services in the City of Hamilton.

I am available only Saturdays. From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Fees per service:




Free consult


15 minutes

Individual, couple, family initial session


50 minutes

Individual, couple, family follow-up session


50 Minutes

Professional consultation


50 minutes

Psychosocial Assessment


90 minutes

Trauma Assessment

Initial $120 then $110

50 minutes per session

Written Reports



Method of Payment:
You can pay cash or by e-transfer to
How to reach me:
289-439-2938 (Text or call)

Note: I also offer sessions in Spanish

Aven Lugh Armstrong-Sutton, M.S.W, Ph.D.c, R.S.W.

Booking: Sundays Weekly

Over the past decade, I have dedicated myself to supporting people and communities to heal from the trauma and emotional injury that stems from their experiences of interpersonal violence (e.g. bullying, ridicule, discrimination, abuse, etc.) Journeying alongside people as they explore, unpack, and making meaning of these experiences has been a deep honour for personally, professionally, and spiritually.

I have extensive experience counselling people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and or trauma-related concerns. I am trained in various therapeutic approaches such as:

  • Integrated & Experiential Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (IX-CBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy

I am currently a counsellor in the Student Wellness Centre and a Ph.D. student in Social Work at McMaster University. I completed my Bachelor and Master of Social Work at York University in 2011. Much of my academic work has centred on LGBTTI2Q+ communities, resilience, shamanic approaches to practice, and transpersonal psychology.

Please visit: to learn more!

I offer individual sessions for $110 per session on Sundays weekly.


Call: (905) 657-9210 x101

Please send the Therapy Team a message!

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