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Exit the stage & Enter Your Life: Acting Class for Living

Mercedes Baines (RCC, CCC, CAC) Psychotherapist, Theatre Artist, Writer & Facilitator &

Friday, 6 November 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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 Feeling stressed out,



disconnected, or

just plain un-inspired?  

Turn your Friday into a mini-retreat by joining psychotherapists & theatre artists Mercedes Baines & Maedean Myers for a rejuvenating workshop inspired by the actor’s creative process. 

 In a relaxing, celebratory atmosphere, you be will guided you through simple techniques from the acting world that will enhance your relationships with yourself, your loved ones & work colleagues. Through breath work, visualizations, experiential exercises, & discussion you will deepen your personal awareness, connect with your inner voice, and mindfully invite your wise self into your everyday interactions.  You will feel more energized, focused & in charge of your life.

 Take some time to reinvigorate & refresh yourself. 

 Coffee & Tea provided. 

Please bring a mat or small blanket to nest in.   


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 Co-facilitator Maedean Yvonne Myers: Psychotherapist, Theatre Artist, Writer

 Maedean was an active member of the dramatic arts community for over 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked in a variety of settings from classical theatre to comedic improvisation and indie film to commercial television. 


 Maedean has has worked with New Orleans’s Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, Othello) as well appearing in local television episodes (SmallvilleJeremiahSupernatural, The Collector, Point Blank)  indie film (Take the Lead, Reelfast’s 2003 Top10:Renovation, Glimpse, Sandra Gets Dumped, Souls), commercials (Sears, Lean Cuisine, British Telecom) and local independent theatre (Two Lip Tango, Yuppie Ciao-Actor’s Jam IV, The Tit Show, As You Like It). Maedean also trained as an Improviser with the Vancouver Theatresports League.  


 She recently completed the Masters of Counselling program at City University of Seattle after a year of coursework through Vancouver Community College Counselling Skills Certificate program.  Maedean is driven by immense curiosity about human nature and loves the opportunity to engage with others about questions of meaning and  purpose in a playful, supportive atmosphere to co create something wonderful.  Maedean is currently a counsellor at Qmunity working with LGBTQ individuals and allies.   Maedean is also a writer and is currently working on a blog ( and a book of affirmations for women promoting a loving relationship with their bodies.  In the New Year, she will be launching a private counselling practice: “Evolved A.P.E. Counselling and Consulting: a.dvancing p.ersonal e. mpowerment.”









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Vital Health Kitsilano
1855 West 4th avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5

Friday, 6 November 2015 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (PST)

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Mercedes Baines (RCC, CCC, CAC) Psychotherapist, Theatre Artist, Writer & Facilitator &

Mercedes is a writer, theatre artist and a Somatic Adlerian psychotherapist in private practice: Mind In Body Integrated Counselling Services . Her areas of focus in her counselling practice include: grief & loss; body image; relationships; living with a life altering/life threatening illness; family of origin issues; identity issues; sexuality & issues related to race & culture. Mercedes believes that the embodied experience is central to deepening self-awareness, healing and insight. She views our minds/bodies/spirits as an interconnected whole and encourages fully embodied living. With 25 years’ experience in the performing arts, Mercedes has found that her training in drama, voice, movement, scriptwriting, mask, physical theatre and dance and her professional work as a writer, director, producer, teacher, actor and performance poet has strongly influenced her approach to counselling and her understanding of the healing process. In her work with clients, creative expression is a forum for self-expression, personal exploration, healing, and strengthening connection. In addition to her one to one counselling work, Mercedes develops and leads experiential groups. Her work with groups incorporates elements of theatre practice with her clinical training. Through the use of breath work, body awareness, movement, voice, writing and drama exercises, she encourages participants to deepen their understanding of their life experiences and use creativity to envision change and elicit insight.



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