I am an Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor who likes to help people navigate through the healing process using an arts and play-based approach to therapy. I love working with children and adults who are hurting, stressed or stuck and are open to exploring how they can begin to feel better.I am an Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Clinical Counsellor who likes to help people navigate through the healing process using an arts and play-based approach to therapy. I love working with children and adults who are hurting, stressed or stuck and are open to exploring how they can begin to feel better.
Is your child acting out after a traumatic experience such as a separation, divorce, or loss of family member? Is your child showing signs of frustration while trying to navigate the expectations of him by parents, foster parents, teachers, and peers? Have you known that there was a problem for a while, and now feel that you simply must address it?
Expressive arts therapy and play therapy are powerful, intuitive, proven forms of therapy that help children express traumatic, painful or confusing life experiences, and begin the healing journey. Children have an amazing capacity to grow and flourish when they are supported to share their reality in a creative and safe way.
Do you feel anxious, depressed, lost, confused, or unfulfilled? Are you having trouble making tough decisions? Are your relationships feeling unsatisfying, strained, or unsafe? You might have had an idea about where you wanted your life to go, but somehow, on a personal, professional, or relational level, it seems so mixed up.
We all want to feel safe, connected, and loved. We want to feel in control of our lives, and we want to feel like we are going forward instead of repeating the same patterns over and over. But sometimes we just don’t know where to look for the answers any more. The answers are not always “out there”, but frequently inside, if you can find a way to access them. Using an Expressive Arts Therapy approach, we explore your challenges and look for creative resources and strengths that you have inside with which you can face them.
Expressive Arts Therapy
If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance. If you can hold a stick in your hand, you can hold a pencil, a paint brush, or a piece of clay.
In Expressive Arts Therapy, the arts are at the centre of therapeutic healing. Your first reaction might be – like that of many people – “I am not an artist. I can’t do art.” Very few people are virtuoso in any of the art forms, but being able to shape materials and create something out of them is one of the basic characteristics of being human. When I work with you as an Expressive Arts Therapist, we start with where you are, both skill-wise and in terms of what pushed you to seek help.
Who I Am
I practice art because I know my life is richer for it. I feel better when I am engaged in some creative activity. In my ideal world, music, dance, storytelling and art would be incorporated into everyday life, and I strive to do this in little ways whenever I can. To develop new abilities and expand my horizons, I’ve done training in dance and other arts forms. These creative experiences have become embedded in my body and mind, and influence how I go about my work as a therapist and teacher.