top of page

Qualified Therapists

We at Nurture Nest believe individuals and communities can heal and transform with the right team supporting them. Our therapeutic sessions are tailored to meet the unique needs of adults, teens, children, and groups. Whether it's online or in-person at our studio in Calgary, Alberta, we are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive space for you to explore your creativity and promote personal growth. We offer therapeutic sessions using a variety of techniques from art and play to occupational therapy and counselling. We are passionate about what we do and are committed to helping you achieve your goals, contact us now.

Tammy Thomson

Professional Art Therapist and Educator

Tammy is the founder and director of Nurture Nest. Tammy is trained at the master’s level in art therapy as a professional art psychotherapist and member in good standing of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She has been an experienced early childhood, preschool, elementary school teacher and artist for more than 20 years in early childhood settings, schools and children’s hospitals. As a parent of three young children herself, Tammy understands the complexities of family life using compassion and a strength-based approach to teaching art. Tammy teaches many of our preschool and children’s art classes. She also offers private art therapy sessions to children and adults both online and in person at our art studio in Calgary SE.

Tammy Thomson

Erin Gartner

Art Teacher and Professional Art Therapist

Erin uses a non-judgemental, person-centered approach to both her art teaching and art therapy. She encourages curiosity, creativity, and self-compassion. Erin has an inclusive practice and works with children, teens, young adults, adults, and seniors and offers sessions in-person and on-line. Erin has been described as “compassionate, gentle, accepting, and knowledgeable.”

Erin Gartner

Erin is a professional member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), and a student member of The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA). She has earned a postgraduate, masters level Art Psychotherapy diploma from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Alberta University of the Arts. Erin is a practicing artist and an art educator for clients seeking personal instruction and growth in drawing, painting, and ceramic skills.

Rebecca Rowley

Professional Art Therapist

Rebecca specializes in art therapy with adults, in-person (Calgary, AB) and online. Her clients use the words "cared-for, guided, safety and freedom" to describe their art therapy experience. Clients describe her as kind, non-judgmental, thoughtful, knowledgeable, compassionate and fun.
 

Rebecca Rowley

Rebecca is a Professional Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), holds a post graduate, masters level Art Psychotherapy diploma from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT) as well as a BFA in Art from the University of Calgary. Rebecca is an art therapist, artist, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer. She has taught art and photography to adults, teens and children through the City of Calgary and was a photography instructor for Canon Canada. She is passionate about the healing potential of the arts.

Melissa Hemsworth

Certified Music Therapist

Nurture Nest is pleased to partner our art therapy offerings with Melissa Hemsworth of Simple Harmonies. Melissa is a certified music therapist and music instructor working with children and families in both educational and therapeutic settings. 

Melissa brings a creative and gentle presence while focusing on support and connection. With a person centered and strengths-based approach, creating a positive environment to support development and wellbeing are at the core of her work.

Melissa Hemsworth

Melissa is the founder of Simple Harmonies, where she offers violin and ukulele lessons for children, parented music classes for babies & toddlers, preschool music classes, and music therapy services. Melissa is a member of the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA), the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT), the Music Therapy Association for Alberta (MTAA), and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association (ARMTA).

bottom of page