“My central vision is to live authentically and passionately, and to empower others through creative expression.”

Nick Zwaagstra, Director of Chebucto Art Therapy & Counselling Centre (CATCC) is a Registered Art Therapist (RCAT) in Canada, a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia.

Nick has experience in mental health and wellness promotion, self-esteem, gender issues, grief and loss, trauma-informed, life threatening illness and palliative care, stress mitigation and more. I provide services for adults, youth and children; individual, dyadic or groups and offer workshops, presentations, consulting & supervision.

Nick Zwaagstra - Director of Chebucto Art Therapy & Counselling Centre

Nick Zwaagstra – Director of Chebucto Art Therapy & Counselling Centre

Our Mission

CATCC provides quality clinical services and art therapy education harmonized with best practice, and professional ethics. Through CATCC we help promote arts-based wellness and holistic practice that is sensitive to culture, diversity and context.

Our approach involves guiding people toward self-discovery through collaboration and support as well as setting and reviewing goals. People of all ages, through the creative process of Art Therapy, can explore personal issues and feelings more deeply and safely than with words alone. This, together with counselling helps people to acknowledge the past, manage current situations more effectively and actively work towards a more positive future.