I am a professional art therapist registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am a graduate of the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute in Nelson, British Columbia where I earned my masters-level diploma in art therapy. Before I became an art therapist, I worked as a personal support worker for over 12 years, providing support for people with diverse abilities. Through this work I developed a passion to support people with a diverse range of abilities to engage in art and art therapy.
Art therapy is a method of psychotherapy which combines art making with traditional talk therapy. Art can help people to express thoughts and feelings that would otherwise be difficult to articulate or talk about. Creating art is naturally healing and soothing, relieves stress, and increases self-mastery and self-esteem.
Creating art can help you to tell your story and express your emotions. The meaning and insight found within your art can help you to process difficult experiences and gain self-awareness. You do not need to have any previous experience with art making to participate in art therapy.
I enjoy working with clients of all ages. The majority of my experience surrounds working with children and adults affected by illness, as well as seniors coping with the natural processes of aging, and caregivers navigating the fine balance of prioritizing self-care while caring for others. I also work with anyone who is feeling lost or unsure of what direction to go in life and may be looking for clarity, guidance, or support.
My therapeutic approach to art therapy is trauma-informed, relational, existential, and positive. As a trauma-informed relational art therapist, I understand the importance of building a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship with each client and I always offer choices for the direction of each art therapy session. As a strength-based, positive art therapist, I focus on each person’s strengths to build resilience and self-confidence. As an existential art therapist, I understand the impact of universal struggles that human beings have with concepts such as meaning and purpose, identity and authenticity, freedom and choice, connection and disconnection and life and death. My ultimate hope is to assist and guide individuals to attend to and honor their darkness, while continuing to strive towards the light. I see the potential in everyone to overcome challenges and build resilience despite hardships. I am also experienced in dream work, eco-art therapy, and sandtray therapy.
I look forward to meeting you. If you would like to work with me on your art therapy journey, please do not hesitate to contact me: