Rowesa Gordon, MA, CAGS, Registered Psychotherapist, co-director and core teaching faculty at The Create Institute, is an expressive arts psychotherapist in private practice who supervises and consults in this field. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, with a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, she has a certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the European Graduate School.
Rowesa is adjunct faculty at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland where she has been artist-in-residence. Primarily a visual artist, her paintings & drawings appear in professional journals and have been shown in Canada, Europe and the United States.
Lee Shields, M.A., is a graduate of Ryerson University, The CREATE Institute and European Graduate School. (Switzerland) She also studied at Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy and has worked in private practice and community agencies as a therapist and supervisor for over 15 years. Lee has extensive experience in working with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. For the last 8 years, Lee has been doing group and one on one expressive arts therapy at the Griffin Centre.
For 8 years, Lee has been a core faculty member with CREATE Institute, where she co-ordinates the practicums and teaches the 16-week Foundations of Expressive Arts course. Lee is a member of OACCPP.
Lee has a background in dance and vocal art and over the last 8 years she has been studying encaustic art at the Toronto School of Art.
If you want more information about this faculty member see www.leeshields.ca
Lesley Swartz, M.Ed, is an expressive arts therapist, group facilitator, teacher, and supervisor. She holds an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and a Masters of Education from the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE/UT) where she focused on holistic and aesthetic education and creative community development.
She is a graduate of The CREATE Institute, and has been core teaching faculty at CREATE for seven years. She has worked with a diverse range of high risk communities in Toronto using the expressive arts, and facilitated an expressive arts therapy program for refugee and immigrant women in under-serviced neighbourhoods for ten years at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. She is currently integrating expressive arts into her clinical work with adults, youth, children and couples at a full service family counselling centre in Brampton, Ontario. She also has a private expressive arts therapy practice in downtown Toronto for groups and individuals. She spends her creative time exploring the world with her young children and expanding her range of play through explorations in movement and collage.
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