Living on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada offers access to a lifestyle of challenging activities, explorations, and adventures.
Academic challenges began at Simon Fraser University where Faye attained a Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours) in psychology. Then she was granted a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of British Columbia in forensic psychology. While pursuing the latter degrees Faye worked as a researcher for Forensic Psychiatric Services and InfoWest Consultants evaluating mental health, educational, and criminal justice programs.
Other challenges transpired after graduation when Faye provided counselling, risk assessments, and crisis intervention to correctional institutions. Later, she trained staff regionally and nationally about mental health issues. Professional development involved certification in Fine Art Techniques, Expressive Play Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and as a Canfield Trainer. Additionally, Faye completed an intensive workshop in Filial Therapy (strengthening families).
At a sovereign Coast Salish First Nation, Faye counselled, consulted, co-facilitated Expressive Arts Therapy groups, facilitated workshops, and created a therapeutic playroom. Faye was able to work with children and families within their community and culture.
Explorations and adventures in nature have been a lifelong pursuit, including hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains, canoeing rivers and lakes, and exploring the temperate rainforests, ocean, or dessert-like landscapes.
When Faye is not enjoying the great outdoors, she is exploring other activities, such as writing, music, and the visual arts. Like being in nature, Faye believes the arts heal and keep her healthy. Faye is an Expressive Arts Therapy instructor at a community college. Although Faye loves to work hard and play hard…at times it is all rather exhausting.
Fortunately, Faye is supported by her best friend, two amazing daughters, an adventurous son-in-law, and five mesmerising grandchildren.
Faye A. Paris, Ph.D. is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Photographs courtesy of Larry J. Paris, B.A., BSW.