Expressive Arts Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist
I am an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Toronto. Due to Covid-19, I am currently working exclusively online (which turns out to be far more effective than expected -- it works!). I have both witnessed and experienced the transformative power of making art and the freeing power of creative play, so it is an enduring joy and an honour to be a companion for others on their healing journeys. An embodied and multi-modal approach is a strong value in my work, and is well supported by my somatic movement therapy background and extensive theatre experience, primarily as a voice and movement teacher in a conservatory theatre training program. While my work is based in an expressive arts approach, I draw on a number of other therapeutic modalities, including Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Gestalt. My “informed intuition” comes from a long legacy of training, practice, my life in the arts and my many years as a child, sister, mother, daughter, grandmother, auntie, life partner and friend.
Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy, European Graduate School
CEATA (Canadian Expressive Arts Therapists Association)
IEATA (International Expressive Arts Therapy Association)
Areas of expertise & experience:
In my practice, I often work with adults who are looking for more expressiveness and creativity and who struggle with “stuck places” in their lives. I have many years’ experience working with clients suffering from anxiety and depression or struggling to “find their voice” within any context (interpersonal, societal, artistic). Self-esteem, grief and life changes are frequently among the issues my clients want to work on.
I generally see clients on Wednesdays and Fridays, but working online allows for more flexibility in scheduling.
I am comfortably multi-modal and I maintain personal practices in visual arts and writing (journaling, stories and poems) as well as taking classes in singing and movement improvisation. These days I am very excited to be playing piano again after a long stretch without an instrument! In addition to my private practice as a therapist, I continue to work as a private voice coach for actors and dancers. I have facilitated “Giving Voice” expressive arts workshops for CATA and IEATA conferences in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Berkeley. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Create Institute and is a member of OEATA and IEATA.