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Erin Ruel, B.S.W.,

Registered Social Worker

Certified Play Therapist - Candidate

Child, Teen and Adult Anxiety, , Depression,

Child Play Therapy, Immigration Transition,

LGBTQ, and First Nations / Indigenous Issues

I am a registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina, and am currently pursuing training in Play Therapy, and working towards becoming a certified Play Therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. I have many years of experience working with children and youth, most recently as a mental health therapist and guidance counselor at a pre-K – 12 First Nations school. I love working with kids, and am excited to see the benefits of incorporating play into the work that I do with them. Play comes naturally to children, and many children find it easier to express themselves through play than through traditional talk therapy. While I work primarily with children, I am also interested in providing support to parents. I am a single parent of four children, and understand many of the challenges faced by parents, in addition to recognizing that one of the greatest factors associated with children’s well-being is that of their parents.

When we work together I will strive to create a safe (confidential, non-judgmental) and supportive space where we can explore issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, life transitions and stress, suicide (prevention, intervention, and loss, which I have personal experience with), addictions, abuse and neglect, self-harm, grief and loss, healthy relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, and anything else you feel is relevant. I will work with you to problem solve, to set goals and implement a plan to attain them, and to identify and build on the coping skills and other strengths that you already possess. I firmly believe that we are all whole people who possess all of the resources necessary to attain mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, and that when we are struggling, it is often because of an imbalance between these areas of our lives.

I have worked with people from various backgrounds, including Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, and LGBTQ2S+ youth. I believe that diversity is our greatest asset, and should not just be tolerated, but celebrated. All of my work is from an anti-colonial perspective.