I have over a dozen years experience working in hospitals, schools, addiction rehabilitation, and private practice. In these settings, I work alongside families, and individuals of all ages towards a shared understanding of each person’s struggle, and a gentle, persistent look for the unmet need underlying every struggle, symptom, or behaviour. In my practice, I have worked to see diagnosed attachment disorders, depression, anxiety, compulsions, eating disorders, and addictions resolve into profound self-acceptance.
My training began with graduate work in art therapy (M.A., Concordia U, Montreal), and has continued with my work as art therapist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, as family consultant for the Lester B. Pearson School Board (Montreal), group art therapist in addictions rehabilitation and private practice with individuals and groups. I am currently specializing in child/ adolescent development and mental health as a candidate at the Canadian Institute in Child and Adolescent Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
I teach for the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, in their distance learning program, courses on psychodynamic art therapy, and child and adolescent art therapy.
I am a registered psychotherapist with the CRPO. Registered Art Therapist (ATR) with the American and Ontario Art Therapy Association. Also I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I also design and facilitate creative workshops for public and private workplaces. Alongside my colleague Claudia Corradetti, we delivered creativity workshops as a part of Bell Media's Let's Talk Day. Our focus there, as well as in a number of local public health clinics, has been to support staff with simple techniques that can be used for self care. I have also worked with groups of nurses, teachers, and social workers, for whom I crafted experiential workshops that encouraged team building, empathy, and of course, creativity, a change making, freshening component of our work, no matter how technical the focus work can encompass.