For over a decade, I have been fortunate to work and learn from uniquely diverse individuals across the whole spectrum of life from young children to centenarians including: neurodiverse children and youthindividuals with a history of traumaLGBTQ youth, adults and couplesnew immigrants from diverse cultural backgroundspeople with disabilitiesadults with mental health issuesisolated seniorselderly with dementiapalliative care patientscaregiversI have provided individual, couples and group therapy in various settings including a treatment centre, school, hospital, community centre, day program for elderly and hospice.Areas of specialty include grief and loss, gender and sexual orientation, immigration and life transition.I also have experience in working with trauma, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions.Designation of the BC Association of Clinical CounsellorsIn 2005, I earned a Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School in Switzerland.In addition of being registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, I am professionally affiliated with the BC Art Therapy Association, BC Play Therapy Association and International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.Some of my own practices past and present that inform my work are ceramics, drawing, piano, butoh dance, running & martial arts.S i n g t h e c o l o u rD a n c e t h e p o e mA c t t h e d r e a mN o b a c k g r o u n d i n a r t n e e d e d. . . j u s t a s e n s e o f c u r i o s i t yPotential therapeutic benefits:-Become embodied-Connect to the here and now-Engage your senses & emotions-Follow your creative flow-Invite curiousity-Think outside of the box-Discover through doing-Explore through play and imagination-Shape your world through the art-Make meaningful contact with others-Make sense through imagesExpressive arts therapy is an imaginative alternative to explore life’s joys and challenges through the arts. Using a right-brain approach, you can endeavour to shape your world while fully engaging the body and the senses using visual arts, movement, music, drama and writing. You are encouraged to follow your creative flow as it weaves from one art form into another. Discover what is evoked by the emerging image, enhance your response-ability in the moment and make sense of your world anew. Everyone has the innate capacity to generate rich imagery as experienced in the vivid realm of dreams. With its unique ability to capture an image, the arts can similarly articulate what otherwise might be impossible to express. The emerging image is often unexpected, providing a natural opportunity to encounter the unknown.Expressive arts therapy is ideal for those seeking a strengths based, action oriented and more non-verbal approach in therapy. The art making process enables you to make simple choices and create something concrete in the here and now. It also steeps you in a rich sensory experience that leads to greater embodiment, increased awareness around self-regulation and a meaningful outlet for powerful emotions.The relationship between you and the therapist is key. Playing together through the arts naturally builds a robust sense of safety and trust. Expressive arts therapy provides the opportunity to be witnessed, get visceral feedback and recognition while participating in a co-creative process. As the expert of your own experience, you are the one to make sense of the emerging art, guided by the therapist as needed.Reflecting upon the experience, you can explore what was sparked in the process and what resonates with your own story. In so doing, you might notice shifts in perception, connect to your emotions and gain an enhanced sense of congruence. Expressive arts therapy offers an opportunity to be transformed through the arts and to be inspired by stoking the creative flame within.Come as you are.Together we will explore what is bringing you here now. You will have a chance to share at your own pace. First and foremost, is the relationship between you and I. This is based on Carl Roger’s three principles of genuine presence, unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding. Typically, there will be an invitation at some point, to leave the everyday reality behind and enter into the extraordinary realm of the art. What kind of art medium depends on what you feel drawn to in that particular moment. I could also guide you into the creative process as needed.You can choose to shape what arises by moving to the beat of your body, playing the piano, molding a lump of clay, acting a scene or writing a piece of poetry. I may be a witness to your process or be co-creatively engaged with you, interacting wherever our imaginations may intersect and/or wherever the art is leading us.As an expressive arts therapist, I am constantly seeking to be attuned to the moment, intuitively following imaginative threads and supporting the creative process to its fullest potential. I endeavour to enhance the art making experience by honing in on emerging images and sharply focusing on their rich aesthetic qualities. Together we can be inspired and curious about what arrives. This may spark you into other artful directions that may further deepen your exploration.Stepping back from the art, there is a chance for reflection, to make sense of the experience and to see what may be reaped.“Where there is ruin, there is hope for treasure” RumiBe awed in the moment…Expressive arts therapy is a life affirming way to tap into your essence and move imaginatively towards greater clarity & sense of purpose. .
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