I am a creative and expressive arts therapist who uses a variety of art forms, as well as mindfulness and talk-based therapy, in my work with clients. You don’t need any history with the arts in order for us to work together. I am relational and client-focused, so I take my lead from you. Depending on your needs, we could spend a lot of time in the arts, or very little.
When working in the arts, I work from a low-skill, high-sensitivity framework, meaning that it isn’t important to make ‘good art’, but rather to stay present, sensitive and curious as the process unfolds. As an educator and facilitator, I utilize the expressive arts with arts and non-artists alike. If you are looking for a resource to help you in your day-to-day life, a sensitive, playful and mindful approach to the arts could be a rich resource for you.
In our work together, we may engage in anything from visual arts, to drama, movement, creative writing, or music. I work in this way, because when we engage the arts, we move into the world of the imagination where surprises are more likely to occur and possibilities are opened up that had previously been hidden from us.
I have worked with individuals and groups from ages 8 up to end of life on a wide variety of topics including:
• Life transitions
• Gender & sexuality questions
• Attention deficit
• Oppositional defiance disorder
Some of the populations I have served include seniors, adults living with life changing diagnoses, caregivers, children struggling in social and/or classroom situations, youth who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality and prisoners.
Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, The CREATE Institute
Masters Candidate in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology, European Graduate School
Honours B.A., University of Toronto
Hincks-Dellcrest: Trauma; Group Therapy; Integrative Individual Psychotherapy with Children; and The History of Psychoanalytic Thought
Hospice Toronto: Palliative Care Training Program
OEATA – Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association
NEDIC – National Eating Disorder Information Centre
ACTRA – Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists