Registered Psychotherapist and Creative Art Therapist
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, licensed by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I've completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at York University, and a Master of Arts in Creative Art Therapies at Concordia University. I have experience working with diverse populations, including adults with developmental disabilities at The Centre for Arts and Human Development in Montreal. I've had clinical experience at McGill Universities Counselling Department, where I worked as Drama Therapist. I've worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and I have presented and facilitated many corporate trainings and workshops on mental health and wellness through Homewood Health. My ongoing research aims to define the neural networks involved in drama therapy, and to measure physiological changes in depression severity over the course of treatment.
Creative Art Therapies Applied Workshop by ME Louis & Sondra Goldman - 2023
Brainspotting Phase 1 by Dr. Dell Ducharme & Allyson Coleman - 2022
Grief & Loss Training by Dr. Robert Neimeyer - 2020
One at a Time (Single Session) Training by Dr. Monte Bobele and Dr. Peter Cornish - 2020
Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy by Dr. Noah Lazar - 2017
My approach is integrative and collaborative, meaning we will work together to help reach your therapy goals and I will draw on a range of different tools and techniques to help facilitate that process.
I specialize in providing trauma-informed care, using approaches such as brainspotting and other evidence-based treatment approaches.
Creative arts therapy, specifically drama therapy, is a holistic approach to treatment that uses imagery, the body, story, and sensation to create safety and to go deeper into therapeutic material. When words aren’t enough drama therapy can be a powerful approach. (To learn more see the FAQ section)
Other techniques I use include psycho-education, cognitive behavioural tools, distress tolerance and emotional regulation skills, attachment and relational approaches, and mindfulness.
I strive to use a systemic approach in my work, to try to understand and contextualize the larger systems and structures that influence our well-being.
I’ve worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, PTSD, and more.