OEATA Member Directory

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Norma Araiza

Social Psychologist, MFA Dance Ethnology,Expressive Arts Therapist, Educator, Performing Artist, Board member

Norma works at Hospice Toronto as an Expressive Arts Therapist with people with life threatening illnesses. She also deals with issues of grief and bereavement, anticipatory grief and loss.She works with different modalities and is open to work with anything that helps her clients to express themselves. She also brings elements from her Indigenous background into her practice.…

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Carol Barrett RP, MA

Expressive Arts Therapist


As an expressive arts therapist,  Carol works with a client centred, resource-based, trauma informed, self-reflective practice. As a former professional dancer Carol brings her knowledge of movement and the body to her work facilitating expressive arts groups  for women healing from the effects of abuse and violence.

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. B.A.…

Anthony Bergamin

Expressive Arts Therapist

Anthony (Tony) is an Expressive Arts Therapist based in Toronto.

Expressive Arts Therapy (ExAT) In ExAT, you are encouraged to freely explore your thoughts and feelings through an arts-based creative process, while being sensitively and empathically supported. With talking as our starting point, the ExAT process moves towards the exploration of visual arts, creative writing, theatre arts, voice, music and/or movement, depending on your artistic curiosities and interests.…

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Angela Brown

Expressive Arts Therapist

My passions include art, people and culture. I love learning about people and the places they chose to call home. Everyone has a story and I long to hear it. I have been fortunate enough to travel to Malawi, Cambodia and Kolkata to work with people. Most recently I worked at a Crisis Recovery Centre in Kolkata, India directly with girls rescued from human trafficking and trained the staff how to utilize Expressive Arts principles in their existing practice.…

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Lydia Jane Charak RP, MA (EXAT), BSc, BAA

Registered Psychotherapist – Expressive Arts

Lydia Charak is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) specializing in Expressive Arts Therapy. She completed a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology at the European Graduate School in Switzerland and is a graduate from The CREATE Institute of Expressive Arts Therapy in Toronto.…

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Shara Magdalene Claire

Expressive Arts Therapist

Shara Claire, an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Toronto’s east end, is a 2005 graduate of ISIS-Canada and currently at work on her MA in expressive arts therapy from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Michelle Denis MacDougall RP, EXAT

Expressive Arts Therapist

At Sundance Expressive Arts, Michelle Denis MacDougall offers mindfulness and somatic based Expressive Arts Therapy to adults, couples, families and groups. She is currently in private practice and runs a Mindfulness based Expressive Arts Therapy Men’s Group at St.Leonard’s Place Peel in Brampton.

Drawing on a dance, music, and acting background, and by a more recent found love of the visual arts, Michelle brings a diverse approach to the expressive artistic process.…

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Angela Duntsch RP, EXAT


I am a registered Psychotherapist and have an inviting, sunny, and spacious studio in St Catharines, serving children and adults of all ages and abilities in the Niagara Region. I offer a wide variety of materials and art-forms. Clients in my studio and workshops have used woodwork, soapstone, clay, movement, music making, mask-making, clowning, circus-skills and painting to acknowledge and work through some of their issues.…

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Heather Goodwin

Expressive Arts Therapist

Heather Goodwin is a voice-over artist, actor, designer and a graduate of the CREATE Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy program. She has facilitated Expressive Arts groups for a number of different populations including prisoners, seniors, adults living with life changing diagnoses, caregivers, children struggling in social and/or classroom situations and teens who are questioning their gender and/or sexuality.…

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Rowesa Gordon RP, EXAT

Expressive Arts Psychotherapist

Rowesa Gordon, MA, CAGS, Registered Psychotherapist, co-director and core teaching faculty at The Create Institute, is an expressive arts therapist in private practice who supervises and consults in this field. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, with a Masters Degree in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University, she has a certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the European Graduate School.…

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Sheri Gundry

Expressive Arts Therapist

Sheri Gundry trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist through The CREATE Institute in their Creative Integrative Arts Therapies Training Program. She is also working towards her full registration as a Psychotherapist with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Deepening skills, Sheri has trained in Trauma, DBT, Dreamwork and Trauma, and Substance Abuse. Sheri has completed some training in the Satir Method, and as a graphic designer, as well as a Bachelor of Theology in Child and Family Ministries.…

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Gwen Hayes

Artist, Associate Expressive Arts Practitioner, ICF-ACC Life Coach, Supportive Counsellor, Mental Health Peer Recovery Educator

Healing & contemplative art-making experiences, and life coaching, supportive counselling separately or together; process oriented art-making experiences offer an invitation to play, to create, to allow for grand experiments, and offer new avenues for personal self-expression and creative renewal: Intuitive drawing and painting, mixed media & found object collage, mandala-making, creative writing and art journaling. 

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Catherine Marrion

Expressive Arts Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist, Voice Coach

Catherine Marrion is an Expressive Arts Therapist in private practice. Following her training at CREATE Institute (formerly ISIS Canada), she undertook a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy through the European Graduate School (pending).  Embodiment through all the art forms is a strong value in Catherine’s work, which is well supported by her background in Somatic Movement Therapy and extensive theatre experience, as an actor, coach and on the faculty of the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College, where she taught voice and movement for actors. …

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Catherine Mellinger

Artist, Group Arts Facilitator, Expressive Arts Therapist

Catherine has been facilitating arts groups for a decade, both independently as well as a contracted employee of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto (serving Toronto and Southwest Ontario). She is the creator and lead artist of the Postpartum Therapeutic Arts Group at the Kitchener Downtown Community Health Centre (KDCHC), a group which focusses on giving mothers experiencing Postpartum Mood Disorders a new perspective on their experience and an artistic outlet through which to share their stories and advocate for their conditions.…

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Catherine Middleton RP, EXAT

Registered Psychotherapist – Expressive Arts Therapist

Cathy is a graduate of the CREATE Institute – Expressive Arts Therapy program. She uses expressive arts therapy within a trauma informed, harm reduction and person centred approach. She works with people of all ages and specialize in women’s issues, including substance use and mental health. She offers individual as well as group work within Waterloo Region and the surrounding area.…

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Anwar Nasr

Artist and Expressive Arts Therapist

My name is Anwar Nasr and I am an artist and an Expressive Arts Therapist working in the Metro Vancouver area. I am also a son, a brother, an uncle, and a human being with all their simplicities, complexities, beauty, and their challenges. I have been through my own healing journey and it has inspired me to shift my career to focus on facilitating such journey for others. Along my path, I have encountered, explored and experienced the arenas of permission, play, voice, movement, drama, masks, clown, puppetry, somatic experiencing, and reiki.

I employ a client centered intermodal approach to therapy that is catered to you. There are no problems to fix or symbols to interpret.  It is all about you and your journey. One that is facilitated by imagination through creativity with me holding the space. You do not need  previous arts training or experience, and you don’t need to consider yourself artistic or creative to benefit from this work. Simply bring your curiosity to explore the arts and yourself.

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Melanie Nesbitt RP, EXAT, REAT

Registered Psychotherapist,

Melanie Nesbitt is a Registered Psychotherapist and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist.  She graduated from York University and the European Graduate School.  Melanie has over 30 years’ experience working with the arts as a psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. In her private practice she sees people of all ages, individually and in small groups. She helps clients deal with trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss; that may lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and panic. …

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Elizabeth Norris

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Elizabeth Norris, MA, is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) who holds an eclectic theoretical stance with a focus on Person-Centred and Solution-Focused therapies combined with Chacian dance/movement therapy approach. She has experience working with children on the spectrum, families of children on the spectrum, young adults with special needs, older adults with varying ability, deaf and blind children with dual diagnosis and adults living with Parkinson’s.…

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Carrie Nyitrai

MSW, RSW, Expressive Art Therapist

I am a registered Master of Social Work (MSW) Counsellor and Certified Expressive Art Therapist (EXAT). I obtained my MSW from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON and my area of specialty has been trauma counselling in the area of domestic violence with women and children, children’s mental health and grief and loss.

My areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, loss, and healing from traumatic events.…

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sarah Rebekah osborne

Expressive Arts Therapist, RCT, MA


Sarah Osborne is a practising Expressive Arts Therapist living in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Sarah is a professional member with the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. With five-years of experience practising in the field of psychotherapy Sarah continues to advance her training by taking online certification programs.…

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Terri Roberton, RP, BFA, MIS, ExAT


Terri Roberton, RP, BFA, MIS ExAT) She is immersed in the arts from various angles having practiced painting, illustration and animation for many years. She helped steward OEATA as Vice-President since 2009, and as president since 2015. She has an interest in arts-based research and has guest lectured at George Brown College and Ryerson University. In 2010 she presented her graphic story research in the poster session at the Health Equity Conference held at Ryerson, and in 2011 was subsequently invited to give a presentation at the Annual Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Research Symposium.…

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Elke Rielah Scholz RP, REAT, MA


Third Edition Loving Your Life book , by award winning author,  Elke Scholz has everything to do with using art as a drug-free therapy to help youth and adults live life to the fullest as they navigate through life’s trials and tribulations, and maintain a clear and healthy mind, body and spirit.  …

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Ayana Spivak

MA Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapist, Dance/Movement Psychotherapist


Ayana’s favorite modality is Dance and Movement.

She is psychotherapist and group facilitator with over 15 years of experience in developing, organizing, and leading dance and expressive arts interventions with a great care of clients’ mental outlooks and physical well-beings

She possess MA in Psychology (Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Russia), diplomas in Expressive Arts Therapy (The CREATE Institute, Toronto) and Dance/Movement Psychotherapy (Institute of Psychoanalysis and Practical Psychology, Moscow, Russia).…

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Lauren Stein

MA, BA, ATCL, Expressive Arts Practitioner, Improvisational Theatre Performer, Facilitator

Working within a framework of fun, Lauren believes that people have the capacity to play within any boundaries or stresses that life gives them. She tailors her practice to every individual and group she works with.

  • Master of Arts, Expressive Arts Therapy, European Graduate School
  • Bachelor of Arts, Drama, University of Guelph
  • Expressive Arts Therapy certification from ISIS Canada
  • Associate of Trinity College London, Speech and Drama, Trinity Guildhall
  • Professional Certification, Effective Communication, Trinity Guildhall
  • Master Improvisation Retreat and Per4mance New York Intensives, Artistic New Directions
  • Awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to travel to Australia and New Zealand to perform and teach improvisational theatre and story-telling
  • Written a book titled “Fun at Work: Improvisational Theatre as Expressive Arts Modality”

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Lesley Swartz RP, EXAT, MA

Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, M.Ed.

I am a registered psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist based in Toronto and have worked as a therapist both in private practice and at community agencies for over ten years. I am core teaching faculty at The CREATE institute and also have experience supervising therapists. I work with families, couples and individuals (children and adults) and have experience with people challenged by grief/loss, family/relationship conflicts, anxiety, depression, life transitions, stress, self-esteem, body image, trauma related struggles, creative blocks.…

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Sarah Teitel


I’m an expressive arts therapist with a private practice in midtown Toronto. I see children and adults individually. I also work as a group facilitator. I’ve developed groups that serve adolescents struggling with addiction (CAMH), people with dementia and their caregivers (Baycrest Health Sciences), and seniors living with complex mental health issues (Elm Grove Living Centre).…

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Lysa Toye


Lysa is a Master’s-trained Social Worker and Expressive Arts Therapist with a Certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care. Based in Toronto, Lysa holds more than a decade of experience working in both private practice and pediatric and adult health, mental health, and palliative care settings. In her work as a grief counsellor at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre, Lysa works at the intersection of grief and trauma and has taught over 50 training sessions to professionals in the fields of health, mental health and education.…

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Ms. Jaime Vinderine

When it starts to get uncomfortable – that’s when the magic happens ~ Jaime Vinderine

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Ruth E Wilgress RP, EXAT

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Psychotherapist

I run my private practice in the west end of Toronto, in the Junction area.  I work primarily with children and youth one-on-one and in group settings.  I also work with adults of various ages.  People come to see me with these issues:  low self esteem, divorce/separation, life-transitions, adoption issues, loss, bereavement, self control, anger management, behavioural issues, autism, developmental disabilities, sensory issues, depression, confronting problems and self discovery.…