Expressive Arts Counsellor
MA EXAT (candidate)
* Currently on leave until further notice
I am a registered somatic movement therapist and expressive arts therapist. My approach includes utilizing talk Counseling as well as a variety of art forms including mindfulness, movement, visual art, improvisation, as well as writing as a way of generating resources, gathering different perspectives on an issue and potentially discovering unknown strengths to help one navigate difficult emotions and events. This work is open to all artistic and physical abilities. While working this way with the arts can be very powerful for some individuals, I also provide my clients with the option to not engage with the arts during sessions if this is something they are not comfortable with or do not find effective for them.
I have experience been working with adults and children during difficult times in their lives and have also specialized in working with children experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulty. This includes individuals with diagnoses of ADHD, PTSD, oppositional defiant disorder and ASD. I have also have experience working with individuals experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. My practice is open to both adults and children experiencing challenges in their lives due to struggles related to stress, trauma, any above mentioned diagnoses, difficulty navigating challenging emotions, anxiety, gender/sexual identity, and other difficulties we may encounter in our lives.
I believe that patterns and behaviors that people engage in (even destructive patterns and behaviors) often stem from particular needs they are trying to get met as a way to help cope. My strengths include being able to initiate dialogue with curiosity and compassion about these needs and some of the more challenging behaviors and patterns people might be seeking relief from. I gently and at times playfully invite my clients into creative explorations and dialogue that explore these narratives in an open and curious way that can create possibilities for change.
I have recently moved to Toronto from San Francisco, CA where I was a Therapeutic Behavioral coach at the Edgewood Center for Children and Families. For the past year I have been working as a Counselor in my practice at the All Of You Wellness Centre in downtown Toronto as well as a volunteer counselor at the 519, an LGBTQ2S agency. I graduated from the Tamalpa institute’s movement based expressive arts training program (tamalpa.org) and and am a certified Tamalpa Practitioner. I have also completed training as a masters candidate in expressive arts therapy at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland and am currently completing my thesis.