Expressive Arts Therapy
Art has the power to render sorrow beautiful,
make loneliness a shared experience, and transform despair into hope.
Who I Am
Expressive Arts Therapy is a resource-oriented counselling method rooted in mindfulness. Expressive Arts Therapy can be used in sessions with clients of all ages. Each session, like any other form of counselling, is held by the strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client. In both group and individual work clients can move through difficulties while uncovering their personal strengths. The creative process in sessions is not pinned down to one medium and often sessions move through multiple modalities (such as visual arts, photography, writing, storytelling, movement, play or music) to deepen the experience in the work. The process is not about analyzing the art, or about making "good" art, but rather about trying something out in a mind set of self study. While therapeutic conversation can be an important part of the process, many of the shifts and surprises come from an experience that engages the imagination and senses. I find that most of the time people come to counselling with an idea of how or where they feel stuck, yet cannot seem to change. I have seen time and time again that a therapy experience in the arts can be the movement that helps the person become unstuck.
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can -Frida Kahlo
Education and Experience
I hold a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology from the European Graduate School. Prior to this I obtained a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy through the Vancouver Expressive Arts Program and a BFA in Painting through the University of Alberta. I am a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC), Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC), and Registered Counselling Supervisor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.
I bring 7 years of Therapy experience directly supporting children, youth and adults working through challenges. I was honoured to spend over 3.5 years of this time as a Community Counsellor in a small first nations community and now currently work in private practice and at a Family Counselling Agency. I am a teacher in the Vancouver School of Expressive Arts Therapy.
I am an art-maker, nature lover, cyclist and committed life long learner. I believe all people deserve dignity, respect and agency which should be reflected in their therapy process. I stay inspired in my work with clients by consistently working with all ages (children, youth and adults). In my role as a Therapist, I work to create a judgement free space so that people can feel safe to fully be themselves. I aim to guide people to move through difficulties while at the same time uncovering and cultivating their unique strengths. I genuinely care about the clients who come to me, which people consistently communicate to me has a deep impact on their healing and development in our work together. I believe that using the arts (writing, painting, sound, movement, storytelling, play) in therapy sessions in combination with talking is a powerful and effective way of promoting meaningful change and personal healing. I offer sessions to people who have experienced a range of challenges including: life transitions, grief, burnout, sexual abuse, gender-based violence, identity exploration and questioning, anxiety and depression, among other things. My approach combines Expressive Arts Therapy with various trainings and experiences in body-centered counselling, child-centered play therapy and crisis counselling.