I have a private practice in the West End of Toronto where I presently work with adults. I have considerable experience engaging people in multi-modal explorations to recover creative potential and hidden resources for problem solving and for living more fulfilled lives. Many years of movement and voice work, visual arts and music improvisation as well as a long creative writing practice nourish and support my work as an Expressive Arts therapist. I would say that presence, sensitivity, “informed intuition” and a deep well of therapeutic and arts-based resources are among my greatest strengths. I have clients who identify as bi-polar and I also have experience working with people with eating disorders, grief, trauma and self-esteem issues.
Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, European Graduate School (in progress)
O.E.A.T.A. (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapists Association)
Areas of expertise & experience:
I have several decades of performing arts experience, first as a dancer, then an actor, more recently as a voice and movement teacher and coach. While I certainly have expertise in these areas, I don’t necessarily favour the performing arts in my work as a therapist. I was inspired to become an Expressive Arts therapist rather than a Drama Therapist precisely because I am and always have been, multi-modal. Training professional actors has given me many unanticipated areas of expertise: working with young adults, working with people of diverse backgrounds and orientations, recognizing and nurturing creativity in many forms and expressions, working with people in emotional crisis, a great capacity for surprise and delight … and a good sense of humour. I am a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and spouse. I am a human being, with all that comes with it.
In addition to voice and movement work (drawing on a wide variety of traditions and practices), I do a “Ten Minute Practice” in visual art and/or creative writing (almost) daily and I play piano when I get the chance.