I believe that thinking outside of our literal reality allows us to see the world through a more creative lens and find alternate ways of dealing with our problems. As a result, I use the Expressive Arts as a tool for therapy. I am a Registered Social Worker, Feminist Counsellor and an Expressive Art Therapist. While I work with many different groups, my passion is working with women and children. I believe that in order to connect well with children we need to go inside their world. This is the world of the imagination. Through the arts, I empower children and women to see the world from a different, more beautiful lens, giving them a broader perspective of their problems and thus helping them to make sense of their obstacles.
My life experience of living in four different continents as a child has given me sensitivity to the needs of diverse populations. I have done extensive research on the use of the arts with children experiencing war-related trauma. This has led me to work with refugee and newcomer children and to offer grief counselling to children (including the grief of losing a home, a pet or one’s identity). My education in feminist therapy has given me strong skills and insight in working with children who have survived abuse. I offer therapy for both children as well as their parents. My feminist counselling training has opened me up to working with women who have survived violence, women seeking pre and post abortion/reproductive health therapy and women seeking body image empowerment.
Knowing that most problems have a structural base, I work from an anti-oppression lens encouraging people to become agents of change through personal healing.