Heya, my name is Avery (She/Her). I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with specialized training in art therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. I believe in co-creating the approach to therapy and am happy to offer Psychotherapy and/or Art Therapy. I believe that each person has everything they need within them to heal and that therapy can provide a safe space to explore your inner guidance and resources, enabling you to feel empowered on your healing journey.
Many times, folks seek out therapy because they are feeling stuck in their healing journey. Maybe you had a traumatic experience and you know it still affects you but you don’t know how, or you have hit a wall in dealing with anxiety and/or depression. Often times, we can’t simply talk our way out of trauma, depression or anxiety. It can impact the relationship between our body and mind and can even manifest as chronic pain, gastrointestinal issues, poor self-esteem and relationship difficulties. Art therapy can offer a container to explore difficult experiences and emotions, to hold things that may be difficult to put into words. It can provide effective coping strategies and help you build a healthy relationship with self. Being skilled artistically is not necessary to participate in art therapy and art-making is never a requirement as I offer traditional psychotherapy as well.
I am a queer-affirming, sex-positive therapist. I believe that sexuality and spirituality are important aspects of self and well-being and am honoured to create a safe space to discuss and explore these topics if desired.
My approach is an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed sensorimotor, somatic (body-based) approach. I am passionate about trauma-work and the impacts of intergenerational trauma on mental health. I enjoy working with individuals who have experienced trauma, who may or may not experience somatic symptoms as a result. I am certified in a process called Guided Drawing for trauma healing, a sensorimotor bilateral drawing approach that has aspects and benefits similar to EMDR therapy. I also offer a monthly guided drawing group for those interested in learning this approach within community or for those who cannot afford weekly therapy and want to develop their own practice. Reach out if you are interested and I will provide more information.
Areas of Focus:
- Trauma Recovery
- Somatic Symptoms and Dissociation
- Relationship Difficulties
- Family Conflict
- Inner Child Wounds/Reparenting
- Low Self-Esteem
If you resonate with my approach or would like to learn more I am happy to offer a 15-30 minute consultation to assess if we would be a good fit for working together. I believe that it is important to get a felt sense of the person we are inviting into our worlds to do this type of work with and you finding the right fit is of the upmost importance to me.