I (she/her) am a person of diaspora. My Vietnamese-Canadian heritage informs my personal goals in contributing to Toronto’s diverse communities and as a person of colour I am especially invested in helping people of colour, immigrants, children of immigrants, and refugees.
I am a Certified Art Therapist and practicing artist primarily working in Toronto Canada. I hold a BFA from OCAD University in Toronto and completed my training in Art Therapy at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute.
Accessibility to resources for mental wellness is important to me. Working with disenfranchised individuals, many not able to afford mental health treatment, was a pivotal part of my training. This has led me to work in communities where resources are scarce and continues to be an important part of my practice.
My personal and professional goal is to utilize art therapy as a foundation for community building. From my experience working frontline in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, the connection between loneliness, poverty, substance use, and mental health often go hand in hand. You can expect art therapy with me to be client-centred and focused on strength building. Individuals with voices rarely heard in our society need the healthy support of a community. Creating art, on its own, is a way to communicate with others; making art together connects us in community.
I work with adults and older adults (65+) in both individual and group settings.
Areas of focus include:
• Community Care
• Community Building
• Women’s Support
• Creative Blocks
• Experiences with Racism/Discrimination for People of Colour
• Substance Use Disorder/Addictions
• Strength Building