I have over 6 years of experience as an Expressive Arts Therapist (EXAT), and I have been a Registered Psychotherapist through the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) since 2018.
I am a practicing professional artist specializing in visual arts through a wide range of mediums, and have been a performance artist as Sunflower the Clown (www. sunflowertheclown.com) since 2001. I am also the founder of arts-based charity Art With A Heart Inc. (AWAH) which was established in 2009. AWAH is located in downtown Whitby (ON), delivering therapeutic arts programming to a variety of audiences throughout Durham Region and beyond. (www.artwithaheart.ca)
I have a deep interest in human development, psychology, lifespan development, attachment/trauma, and spiritual development. I am passionate about allowing people to be able to tell their stories, to help them find meaning in their joys, their struggles, and their pain using the arts as a healing tool, and I am honoured to be a witness and companion in their healing process.
As a Registered Psychotherapist, I combine talk therapy, and use an Expressive Arts model to intuitively shape sessions with my clients. This model is a strength based model that is client-centered, and sees the client as the expert - I help facilitate and guide the process using the arts as a frame. No artistic experience is necessary as it is a low skill, high sensitivity model. I believe the arts have the ability to connect to the human spirit in a powerful way and allow a reflective process of self-discovery to transform their situations and lives.
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