WHO I AM
I am a Vancouver based Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor. (More information on Expressive Arts Therapy below)
I love supporting people to cultivate their unique strengths, especially in the face of adversity. I believe that using the arts in therapy sessions is a powerful and effective way of creating meaningful change. I believe that the client is the expert in their life and that by nature all people have resources which we can work to uncover and develop in our sessions. My approach combines Expressive Arts Therapy with various trainings and experiences in body-centered counselling and crisis counselling. Some of the things my work with clients can support is: grief, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship challenges, parenting skills, anxiety and depression among other things.
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) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada.
I bring 6 years of Therapy experience directly supporting children, youth and adults working through challenges. I spent 3.5 years working full time in a small first nations community as the Community Therapist and now currently work at a Family Agency as a Family Counsellor.
ABOUT EXPRESSIVE ARTS THERAPY
"The best way to predict the future is to create it"-Abraham Lincoln
Expressive Arts Therapy is a resource-oriented counselling method rooted in mindfulness. 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.
You can find more information on the method at the Vancouver Expressive Arts Program website HERE