psychotherapist, art therapist, educator
they make us and break us
and re-make us
I offer psychotherapy, art therapy, supervision and consultation in my private practice, artandmind. A relational approach informs all my work -- relationship is the most potent medium we have for creating a richer, safer and more fulfilled life. I use my relationship with my clients/patients/people to address whatever concerns they bring.
I'm thrilled to teach and write within the Health, Arts & Humanities program at the University of Toronto where I'm a Specialist in Arts-based Education and I serve on the Board of Advisors. As Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, I'm a recipient of the Psychotherapy Award of Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision. For the past 15 years I've been designing and presenting seminars, teaching, writing, and collaborating on research and on graphic medicine pieces -- all kinds of projects with colleagues are currently in the works.
I'm a founder of the Women Recovering From Abuse Program (WRAP) at Women's College Hospital, where my team and I designed and grew the Trauma Therapy program for over 20 years. The Art Not Violence project, which includes an online gallery of artwork made in the midst of trauma therapy, was one of my initiatives at WCH. In 2008 I created the SpeakART-AGO group, a clinical-cultural collaboration between the Hospital and the Art Gallery of Ontario. SpeakART is a specialised art therapy group model which pays special attention to the richness and delicacy of witnessing each other. In October 2020 I introduced the SpeakART model to the Montreal Jewish General Hospital's Trauma-Focused Therapy program. I'm a proud first recipient of the Eva-Marie Stern Award for Creativity and Innovation in trauma therapy.
In 1995 I earned my Master's Degree in Art Psychotherapy at the University of London, Goldsmith's College. Since then, I've earned level 1 certification in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for resolving trauma, trained in Visual Thinking Strategies and in Teaching for Transformation. I'm passionate about Art Hives of every kind, and my own version, Material Sundays, takes place semi-regularly.
I am Registered with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO # 003000), a Member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists and of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I also belong to the Canadian Association for Health Humanities.