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Suzanne Aldis Routh

Expressive Arts Practitioner & Counsellor

Suzanne is a calm and engaging counselor and ‘solution focused’ practitioner who creates safe places for individuals to explore and find what they need.

As a consultant in social ability, leadership and creativity, she has worked with small groups, large groups, individuals, and couples, helping them discover whatever it is they need, inside and outside of themselves, to find a new way to be in the world, if that is what they want.…

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Norma Araiza

RP, MFA Dance Ethnology, Social Psychologist,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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Johanne Ascoli

Expressive Arts Therapist

Johanne courageously shifted her life and returned to her original loves— creative expression, Mother Earth, psychology and spirituality—after two decades as a strategic public policy and legislative advisor at various levels of the government, including with the BC government in service of survivors of violence. Drawing on her passions, skills, training and lived experience, she now supports others in healing the soul wounds that keep them from living the vibrant lives they so long for and deserve; the wounds that keep them separate from their sacred relationship to self, others and the Earth.…

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Lorraine Aston, MHK, R-DMT

Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Dance Facilitator, Mental Performance Coach, Master’s in applied sport psychology

Clients are often drawn to dance therapy because they want to feel more at home in their bodies. They may want to explore ways of moving more effectively towards their goals, or they may want to understand the stories and heal the pain their bodies carry.

My approach is gentle, creative, collaborative and strength-based. I believe we each have the capacity to create positive change in our lives.…

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Asta Au

ExAT (in training), M.A (Candidate)

I am a second-generation, Chinese Canadian and a settler living in the Greater Toronto Area. I also identify as cisgender, able-bodied, queer, neurodivergent and Chinese.  My pronouns are she/her.

I’m playful, goofy and love to laugh. My sense of humour can be dark sometimes. I am a lover of all things cute and fluffy.…

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Mithila Ballal

Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Dance/Movement Therapist

Being a therapist, my passion is to be present for those in need. As I say this, I feel honoured to help those who are going through and have been through trauma, grief and anxiety. I am willing to help you through your journey.

Personally, I have lived through the experience of childhood trauma and this has resulted in helping me identify and recognize my strengths and vulnerabilities.…

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carol barrett

Expressive Arts Therapist

As an Expressive Arts Therapist  I accompany clients through a verbal and creative process to explore, play, express feelings, thoughts and beliefs that may disrupt or restrict their lives.  The arts have the capacity to contain and transform the suffering of heartbreaking loss, the effects of traumatic experiences or hold the beauty of the natural world…

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Sam Brocklebank

Expressive Arts Therapist

Hi! I’m Sam (she/her), an Expressive Arts Therapist and owner of The Healing Hearts Club in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario.

At The Healing Hearts Club, I offer a sanctuary for the exploration of life at large, as well as a safe haven for those grappling with feelings of anxiety, grief, burnout, overwhelm, or a lack of direction.…

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Daphne Browne

Expressive Art Therapist

I offer an integrated approach to therapy incorporating the expressive arts, compassion- focused therapy, mindfulness and trauma informed care. My focus is to support clients to feel heard, to de-stress, and to connect to their inner resources and strengthen life skills. Areas of practice are with adults in the areas of life transitions, stress/anxiety and bereavement.…

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Jasper Bryan, BA(h) EXAT

Expressive Arts Therapist & Facilitator

Hi! I’m Jasper. I’m a queer expressive arts therapist and community arts facilitator. I use my imagination to stir up creative things.

Whether you’re an artist, want to incorporate more creativity into your life, or are scared of art and think you’re “bad” at it, expressive arts therapy can support you in living your best creative life.…

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Kayla Chambers, RP (Qualifying), ExAT, MA

Somatic Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and Community Liaison Shelter Worker

Hi, I’m Kayla (she/her). I am a psychotherapist and artist who helps folks transform trauma in order to deepen experiences of presence and connection. My practice uses an experiential approach drawn from somatic, expressive arts, ecotherapy, and relational psychotherapies.

I am passionate about this work because I believe fully in our embodied potential for reshaping trauma through creative connection.…

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

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 is also a certified Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner and The Clearing Method Therapist. 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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Aekyung Chung, ExAT

Expressive Arts Therapist

I am an immigrant Korean woman (She/Her), and Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT), Educator, Facilitator, and Artist living in Toronto. I am presently working in the Korean community in the GTA. I have 6 years of experience facilitating group ExAT workshops and have worked as an individual counsellor in the Korean community during COVID-19 Pandemic. Currently, I am studying to become a Spiritual Care Psychotherapist in the MPS program (Knox College, U of T) to expand my future.…

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MS Lisa Cipparone

Expressive Arts Student Therapist

I am a Expressive Arts Student Therapist and I am an Nervous System RESET Practitioner. I have been teaching yoga and movement for 23 years. I am also a Reiki Master and Teacher and I am a former TCM Practitioner. I am a Trauma and Nervous System Informed Practitioner.

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Shara Magdalene Claire

Expressive Arts Therapist

Shara Claire, an expressive arts therapist in virtual private practice, is a 2005 graduate of The Create Institute and a 2018 graduate of European Graduate School with a  in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, with a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy.

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Caro Cloutier

Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist

Caro Cloutier is a registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.  She has a private practice working with adults who are having emotional challenges like anxiety, depression, fears, obsessive thoughts, grief, relationship issues, identity issues.  She uses a mindfulness approach to help clients feel supported in their lives.  Through the expressive arts, shamanic ceremony, breathing practices and more, Caro guides clients through the difficult to find hope, opening the way forward towards new possibilities. …

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Dale Costanzo

Expressive Arts Therapist

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DeAnn deGruijter

MFA Theatre Performance + Education, Registered EXA Practitioner + Consultant, Performer + Voice Artist

DeAnn is a theatre-based Expressive Arts Practitioner incorporating play, whimsy, spirituality, mindfulness and somatic listening and release. She is coordinator and faculty at the Haliburton School of Art and Design and holds a Master’s degree in performance and education with a specialist in EXA. DeAnn offers classes, workshops and courses for adults and youth with a special fondness for seniors and those in memory care and their providers.…

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Michelle Denis, RP, ExAT

Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist and Hand in Hand Parenting Professional

As an Expressive Arts Therapist, I encourage gentle and curious observation of the inner somatic, sensory and emotional experience during the artistic process, as a way to deepen self understanding and acceptance, and to find resolution and healing from your own body wisdom. The artistic process becomes both a container for the work, and a vehicle of expression, creativity and healing.…

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Danielle Dickson, EXAT, RTC, RYT

Expressive Arts Therapist

Through my work as an Expressive Arts Therapist, I invite people to explore their authentic expression while providing a supportive environment for growth and expansion. My expressive arts practice weaves together mindfulness, nature based therapies, somatic oriented approaches and internal family systems theory. I consider art to have the power to support healing which I have observed can also lead to moments of surprise, empathy, empowerment and enriching self discoveries.…

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Luci Dilkus, MFA,

Expressive Arts Therapist

Hi! I am a certified Expressive Arts Therapist, a graduate from the CREATE Institute, Toronto, offering arts-based programming to adult/senior groups and to kids, and Expressive Arts therapy to groups, individuals or dyads (couples, siblings…);  online, in person, or outdoors;  fee is on a sliding scale, $40-150.    My approach is playful, relational and client centered.  I’m a strong advocate for creating from whatever is available. …

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Helen Drew

Student Expressive Arts Therapist

Hello! I am an artist and seeker who has spent her life looking for “her place” in the world. I am very familiar with the feeling of never quite fitting. I have made it my life’s work to create places and spaces that nurture my soul, my art, and healing. As an expressive arts therapist, it is my joy to co-create spaces like this for others to find their own place of refuge, re-discovery, recovery, and healing.…

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Miriam Duff

Expressive Arts & Counselling Therapist

Miriam Duff is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and has a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy (2019). She is trained in EMDR Therapy, Basic and Advanced (R-TEP & G-TEP) and also has training in  Mindful Self-Compassion (2016). She is a strong believer in the healing power of the arts and the self in the natural world.  …

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Angela Duntsch, Dipl. EXAT

Dipl. EXAT

I offer expressive arts workshops.

Art is Relating and Relating is an Art (This can be a family or partner workshop)
More Juggling, Less Struggling (a juggling workshop including juggling balls, Diabolos and Flower sticks, making your own juggling props is a possibility that can be added.)
Making Sound Visible (a music making and storytelling workshop)

When I moved to Canada in 2002, I started to study with Arscura, School of Exploration and Development of Art in the Healing and Social Fields, and continued at the CREATE Institute in Toronto. …

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Kristy Dyck


Experienced in both the realm of expressive arts therapy and the field of education, I am a dedicated and empathetic professional with a passion for helping individuals who have experienced intimate partner and family violence, adolescents in the LGBTQ+ community, and young people using expressive arts interventions using a trauma-informed approach. I have experience offering group and individual sessions.…

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Rachael Edge

Expressive Arts Therapist, RP (Qualifying)

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Jennifer Fader

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) & Expressive Art Therapist

Life can be overwhelming, as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Expressive Arts Therapist in Ontario, I’m dedicated to helping you navigate its complexities. Embracing life’s challenges as opportunities, my practice aids in building resilience and finding meaningful coherence in your experiences, whether you’re dealing with existential questions, seeking self-awareness, recovering from trauma, or exploring spiritual growth.…

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Vitina Filiberto, (she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) & Expressive Arts Student Therapist

Hello and welcome.

My name is Vitina. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and currently completing an Expressive Arts Therapy diploma from The Create Institute. I am supervised by a Registered Psychotherapist.  I have always been curious and passionate about human behaviour and development, and our inherent need of safety, love and belonging. I am a poet, writer and visual artist and believe in the cathartic power of the arts.…

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Maggie Forgeron (she/her/hers)

Expressive Arts Therapist

“Being disconnected from the body extends to our feelings, thoughts, emotions, six senses and much of what makes us who we are. It also stands to reason that this divide within ourselves cuts us off from the world at large and nature itself, a baffling and stressful way to be.” ~Maggie Forgeron Maggie graduated from the National Ballet School with a personal achievement award.…

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Georgia Fullerton

Artist & Expressive Arts Therapy Practitioner

Georgia Fullerton BA, ExAT Practitioner – is a professional mixed media artist, arts educator and a graduate of the CREATE Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy program. She is a member of the board of directors for OEATA (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association) and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Ontario. Georgia’s original art is held in public and private collections in Canada, United States, Australia and the Caribbean.…

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Daniela Garcia, MA

Expressive Arts Therapist & Consultant

Expressive Arts Therapist from the Create Institute in Toronto and the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland with experience in Bioenergetic Psychotherapy, movement and Yoga.

Before discovering her passion for the expressive arts field, Dani also accumulated 10+ years of professional experience in the fields of entertainment and advertising, she has a long record of bringing organizational sense to diverse creative and social projects in the areas of fundraising, community work and institutional cooperation for the arts.…

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Mariya Garnet

I am Mariya Garnet, an artist, coach, and facilitator with a diverse background spanning various disciplines. My journey commenced with a foundation in music education and culminated in earning an advanced diploma in Media Arts, specializing in filmmaking, from Sheridan College. Alongside, I delved into indigenous practices, particularly within the Amazonian Vegetalismo tradition, exploring mental and spiritual health realms.…

Mariya Garnet

Expressive Arts Therapist in training

I am Mariya Garnet, an artist, coach, and an Expressive Arts Therapist in training a diverse background spanning various disciplines.

My journey commenced with a foundation in music education and culminated in earning an advanced diploma in Media Arts, specializing in filmmaking, from Sheridan College. Alongside, I delved into indigenous practices, particularly within the Amazonian Vegetalismo tradition, exploring mental and spiritual health realms.…

Caro Garofalo


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Tracy-Lynn Glowa


Tracy (she/her) is an Expressive Arts Therapist with River & Pine Expressive Arts Therapy; she looks forward to working with clients to create a safe, playful, and curious space with those who want to explore aging, grief, anxiety, self-confidence, creativity or any other part of themselves that chooses to come to the table.

Tracy’s professional history began with visual arts and theatre.…

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Heather Goodwin, RP

Expressive Arts Therapist

Heather Goodwin is a creative and expressive arts therapist in private practice. She is also a voice-over artist, actor, web designer, and a graduate of the CREATE Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy program. She has worked with 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

Arts-Based Psychotherapist

Rowesa Gordon, MA, CAGS, Registered Psychotherapist, Former; Director and  Core Teaching Faculty at The Create Institute, is an arts-based psychotherapist in private practice who clinically 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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Tracey Gramm

Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

Tracey is a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist and Mixed Media/Encaustics Artist in private practice serving the Fraser Valley: Surrey, White Rock, Delta and Langley.


A warm and gentle client centered and person-centered intermodal approach approach goes  a long way! Through the Expressive Arts, I help clients who are seeking help with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress and wellness management.…

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Katie Grossman

Certified Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT), BA

Katie Grossman (she/her) is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work is rooted in the belief that the arts are for everyone, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic status. Her interdisciplinary, narrative-based approach reconnects clients with their imagination and sense of play, allowing them to access their inner world in a greater capacity.…

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Sheryl Grossman

Registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Expressive Arts Therapist

Hi, I’m Sheryl (she/her), Registered Speech-Language Pathologist and Expressive Arts Therapist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional unceded homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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Sheri Gundry, RP


Sheri Gundry trained as an Expressive Arts Therapist through The CREATE Institute in their Creative Integrative Arts Therapies Training Program. Sheri is a Registered 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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Janine Madelyn Hancock

R.P. /Expressive art therapist/Artist

Janine has been working in the field, professionally, as an expressive art therapist for 30 years. She is a registered psychotherapist with the CRPO since 2016. She meets clients online and in her studio in Rockwood Ontario at JMH studios.

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Connie Haw

Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT) & Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT)

Hi there! My name is Connie, and I am a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and Expressive Arts Therapist. I am passionate about creating a safe and non-judgmental space to listen, support and spark curiosity alongside my clients. I enjoy supporting individuals who experience symptoms of anxiety and/or struggle with perfectionism, black and white thinking patterns, overwhelm as well as individuals who would like to create a healthier work/family/life balance.…

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Sydney Hayduk

Expressive Arts Therapist (ExAT) & Art Therapist (AT)

Are you in the process of understanding who you are? Are you having a hard time accepting what happened to you? Hey there, I’m Sydney, and I work with people like you to empower, understand and nourish their rare and original intricacies. I work alongside clients as a therapeutic, artistic collaborator to create a safe landing to be witnessed, to be seen, and to be imperfect.…

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Jessica Houghton, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, Dance Movement Psychotherapist

Jessica Houghton is a Registered Psychotherapist and Dance Movement Psychotherapist with a private practice in Toronto’s east end where she offers individual and group therapy. She completed her MA in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton (London), where she researched the potential benefits of DMT for survivors of sexual trauma. She is also a professional member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Dance Movement Therapy Association of Canada.…

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Virginia Jahyu


Virginia Jahyu (she/her/她) is an artist, intersectional hood-feminist, transformative justice facilitator, and expressive arts therapist with a strong interest in rhythmic poetry, arts empowerment, community building, and social justice tuning in from Tkaronto, Treaty 13. She is inspired by liberation healing and is invested in deeper understanding(s) of colonial impacts on mental health and identity.…

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Corene Jonat

Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist

I am a registered psychotherapist and expressive arts therapist with over 10 years of experience working with adults, children, teens and seniors in a variety of setting including schools, agencies, hospitals and private practice. I believe that creative expression unlocks emotional, physical and psychological well-being. My passion and specialty is working with children, teens and their families concerned with relationship challenges, parenting issues, divorce,  illness,  intellectual and developmental challenges, loss and grief, experiencing anxiety, depression and loss self-esteem.

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Shaila Khan, RP(Qualifying)

Dance Movement Therapist, MA, DMT

My EXAT practice encompasses embodied forms of psychotherapy which is a combination of sensorimotor psychotherapy (trauma informed therapy) and dance movement psychotherapy as the primary modalities of treatment. I am Toronto-based.

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Bari Bari Knopf

Expressive Arts Therapist


      Bari is a registered somatic movement therapist and expressive arts therapist.  Her approach includes utilizing talk therapy as well as a variety of art forms including movement, visual art, improvisation, as well as writing as a way of generating resources, gathering different perspectives on an issue and potentially discovering unknown strengths to help one navigate difficult emotions and events.

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Patricia Laraia

Expressive Arts Therapist, Imago Relationship Therapist

Patricia Laraia is an Expressive Arts Therapist & Imago Relationship Therapist, specializing in Giving & Receiving Love. Patricia is also a Professional Practicing Artist with a background and special interest in the healing benefits of Energy Medicine & Meditation.

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Gracelynn Lau

PhD candidate

I’m an expressive arts therapist and researcher pursing my PhD in cultural studies at Queen’s University. My research dances at the crossroads of Indigenous-settler relations, collective trauma healing, settler/migrant cultural identity, and the use of expressive arts therapy in autoethnography research. Based in Canada and in Hong Kong, I’m also an ecovillage design education and permaculture facilitator with Gaia Education, and the Work that Reconnects facilitator.

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Celina Lucarelli

Expressive Arts Therapist

Welcome to this space, To this online extension of human warmth and an offering of support. Our nervous systems are wired entirely towards connection, belonging and coregulation, like all beings that exist upon this earth. In times of struggle, we reach out towards others. Finding a psychotherapist that you can work with, feel seen and held by as well as trust is no small task.…

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Shuyi Ariel Luo


Ariel is an Expressive Arts Therapist, has a Ph.D. in Industrial Design: in a group of Human Factors Psychology and a degree in Fine Arts. She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTSF), currently experienced in working with Chinese adults, children, and families. As a therapist, educator and facilitator, she facilitates healing by bringing together body-mind sensation, psychological life, imagination, and principles of creativity with her humanistic educational background: Fine Arts, Design, and Human-Factor Psychology Research.…

Dinao Marie MacCormick

Expressive Arts Therapist

I am currently working as a freelance Visual Artist, Arts Facilitator, and certified Expressive Arts Therapist in Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island).

My areas of interest and experience include working with people experiencing the complex effects of trauma and attachment disruption, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I love working with children, youth and families with a focus on art-making, play, and relational mindfulness.…

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Katherine Mackenzie

Registered Psychotherapist

I’m Katherine, a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in trauma recovery.

My practice is focused on providing evidence-based treatment to adults who have experienced trauma, specifically those who have complex trauma or treatment resistant symptoms.


I integrate the latest research and neuroscience to support clients in their therapy journey. Using both top-down (talk therapy) and bottom-up (somatic therapy) approaches which are tailored to fit each person’s needs.…

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Dr. Heather B MacLeod, PhD, MPCC, PCAT, PCAC

Heather MacLeod is the Founder and Director of Education at CEAACT. Heather’s background includes her Master’s research focused on Childhood Maltreatment and Trauma. She further completed her PhD at the University of Regina with a research focus on trauma and victimology education. Heather is a clinical art therapist, and addictions counsellor.

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Anna Maliatski

Greetings, I’m Anna, a multifaceted professional blending art, design, therapy, and a background in architecture. As a dual immigrant from Latvia and Israel, I’ve navigated a life of being a perpetual ‘misfit’, often standing out for my accent, appearance, and culture. Today, I call the stunning British Columbia home, respecting the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples.…

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Catherine Marrion

Expressive Arts Therapist, Somatic Movement Therapist, Voice Coach

Catherine Marrion, MA (Expressive Arts Therapy), MFA (Theatre Performance), SMTT (Somatic Movement Therapy), is an expressive arts therapist in private practice in Toronto. She has witnessed and personally experienced the transformative power of making art and the freeing power of creative play, so it is an enduring joy and an honour to accompany people on their healing journeys.…

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Ms Cynthia Dawn McCreery

Expressive Arts Therapist

Cynthia D. McCreery has her undergrad in the History of Art from the University of Victoria (2005) and she graduated from the Expressive Arts Therapy program at Langara College in 2020. She completed her Expressive Arts Therapy practicum at the Delta Community Living Society with adults with developmental diversabilities.

Before becoming an Expressive Arts Therapist, Cynthia worked as an Administrator for various non-profit and arts organizations, including Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, YVR Art Program, YVR Art Foundation, Skeena Salmon Arts Fest, Misty Rivers Community Arts Council and Storytellers’ Foundation.…

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Alāna McLeod

I am an expressive arts therapist and trauma therapist currently residing and practicing in Sudbury, Ontario. I have a diploma in expressive arts therapy from The CREATE Institute in Toronto, Ontario and a Master’s degree in expressive arts therapy, with a minor in psychology from The European Graduate School in Sass- Fee, Switzerland. I have also completed Level 1 & 2  in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.…

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Genevieve McNab

Expressive Arts Therapist

Hello, I am Genevieve. I am a masters level Expressive Arts Therapist. I have an arts-based phenomenological approach to therapy specializing in eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns, and the resultant challenges of anxiety, grief, and depression. I have a Master of Arts with a Major in Expressive Arts and a Minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School, a three year diploma as an Expressive Arts Practitioner from World Arts Organization, and a Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College, with a Major in English and a Minor in Psychology.…

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Ms Philomena Meffe

I am a 3rd year student at The Create Institute studying to become an Expressive Arts Therapist. I am a professional artist, and I am combining my passion for the arts with my passion for helping people as I establish myself as an expressive arts therapist. I am striving with great sensitivity and caring to create a non-judgemental safe space for my clients.

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Catherine Mellinger

Artist, Expressive Arts Therapist, Arts Educator/Facilitator

Catherine is a CREATE graduate from 2010, currently living and seeing clients in private practice in Waterloo Region – both in person and virtually. Catherine is a certified Expressive Arts Therapist and currently completing her certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Specialist through Postpartum Support International. She has additional training in Perinatal Mental Health from Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings and is co-founder of TOGETHER: For Perinatal Mental Health in Waterloo Region, a grassroots organization that increases mental health supports in Waterloo Region and leads funded (free to clients) virtual Expressive Arts Therapy Groups for parents struggling with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders.…

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Catherine Middleton


Cathy is a graduate of the CREATE Institute – Expressive Arts Therapy program, and has certificates in Mindfulness,  and Death, Dying and Bereavement. Cathy’s work is informed by a wholistic, person-centered, strengths-based, trauma informed, anti-oppressive and harm reduction lens.   She works with adults and specializes death, dying and bereavement, women’s issues as well as self-care for professionals in direct support work.…

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Norah Kathleen Mooney

Expressive Arts Therapist

My name is Norah Mooney(she/her); I am an artist, and expressive arts therapist.
I am the youngest of six children and a mother of one. From an early age I began using my own artistic process to help myself navigate the joys and challenges of life.
I have a diploma from CREATE institute – a centre for expressive arts therapy.…

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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 Psychotherapist, Registered Dance/Movement Therapist

Elizabeth, MA, is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist 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 Osborne, RCT

Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Counselling Therapist, MA

Sarah Osborne is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association. With eight-years of experience working with school-aged children, youth and adults, Sarah continues to provide a person-centered approach to therapy. Certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Sarah offers creative ways to enhance quality of life.…

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Steph Paolucci

M.A., Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher and ExA

My childhood love for the arts sparked my interest in understanding human emotions, and taught me of the power that self-expression and storytelling can have. My work teaching fitness classes for over a decade enhanced the desire to further my love of helping people. Both the arts and fitness unknowingly led me to become a therapist…

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Faye Ann Paris, Ph.D.

Registered Clinical Counsellor

Living on the west coast of British Columbia, offers challenging activities and explorations. Academic challenges began at Simon Fraser University where Faye attained a Bachelor of Arts (1st class honours) in psychology. Then she was granted a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of British Columbia. While pursuing the latter degrees Faye worked as a researcher at Forensic Psychiatric Services and InfoWest Consultants.…

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Larissa Parker

Expressive Arts Therapist

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Rosalinde Pecino Tamburro

Expressive Arts Therapist

As an Expressive Arts Therapist, I am passionate about helping young people tap into their full potential. Through my holistic, whole-child approach, I see your child for who they are – the child behind the diagnosis, the child behind the disappointing report cards and the child behind the pointing fingers of their peers. I will take my time to get to know your child, to gain their trust, to develop a relationship, and when they’re ready, work from a resource-oriented perspective.…

Kimberly Richards

Expressive Arts Therapist

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Terri Roberton, RP, BFA, MLIS, ExAT


Terri Roberton, (RP, ExAT, BFA, MLIS) is immersed in the arts from various angles having practiced painting, illustration and animation for many years. She helped steward the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association 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.…

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Samuel Enrique Romero

Expressive Arts Therapist

As an Expressive Arts Therapist I employ creative modalities to facilitate the journey of healing and personal growth. Grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, personal and relational issues can be difficult to verbally communicate. I believe the body and imagination offer other ways to help express and self-understand. ExAT is an experiential mode of therapy which means one is invited to journey through their inner world and discover other ways of seeing oneself.…

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Patricia Sai-Chew


Trish is a Registered Psychotherapist with the CRPO and an Expressive Arts Therapist, graduating from the school now known as CREATE in 2007. She enjoys full-time private practice with students, adolescents and adults both in-person and virtually over video. Trish also offers Supervision for Expressive Arts Therapists and students. Valuable work experience includes 12 years providing Expressive Arts Therapy for adults living with complex disabilities, and offering Expressive Arts and Play workshops to Indigenous communities.…

Heather Saluti (Prost)

Expressive Arts Therapist

Heather Saluti (they/them) is white settler of Italian and Ukrainian descent. They are a queer, nonbinary, neurodivergent expressive arts therapist, multimedia visual artist, and poet. Heather has worked with a diverse range of clients, including queer, trans, and gender diverse folx, disabled and neurodiverse folx, seniors including those with dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as those who are grieving.…

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Jotika Chaudhary Samant, EXAT, RSW

Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Social Worker

My name is Jotika! I am a Queer, Femme of Colour, a cis woman, and a settler on the lands I live. I am also an Interdisciplinary Artist, a Community Organizer, a Social Worker and an Expressive Arts Therapist. I am deeply passionate about the arts as a profound and powerful tool to support a coming back into our bodies.…

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Sofia Sanchez

Expressive Arts Therapist

As a mother and artist educator, Sofia focuses her work predominantly around early learning and motherhood. Sofia is proud of her background as an immigrant and is extremely familiar with the hardships immigrant families endure as newcomers. Born in Caracas, Venezuela into a creative family who raised her surrounded by dance, Sofia draws inspiration from her culture for her work and her approach to Art.…

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Angela Sauve

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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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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Shambhvi Sharma, RP (Qualifying)


I am RP(Q) with CRPO and RSSW, Psychotherapist with Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers, an Expressive Arts Therapist and Creative Movement Therapy Facilitator. I am a board member of Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and also a member of CID, UNESCO.

In my life, I have not been stranger to personal trauma and the affects it can have, which has been a strong motivation for me to be pursuing this field.…

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Ms Stephanie Nanda Shochat-Gruss

Expressive Arts Therapist, Coach and Feng Shui Consultant

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He/Him Iven Simonetti

Expressive Art Therapy & Addiction Counselling

Hello, my name is Iven. Before my career as a counsellor, I dedicated most of my time to music and art making. Now I use music and visual art for my own self care or to create Mental Health Art which I call Medicine Art. I mostly offer confidential videos calls but also have a shared Counselling Office in Vancouver, for in person Expressive Art Therapy sessions.…

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Jennifer Sneller

Expressive Arts Therapist, Theatre Educator

Jen Sneller (she/her) is the founder of Imagine Able, and is an advocate for the imagination. She believes we are all innately creative and have the right to creative expression in safe, judgement-free spaces. In her work she takes a whole person approach. She believes in the importance of listening to our bodies, self-expression through art and movement, and trusting the process of creating.…

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Ayana Spivak, RP

Registered Psychotherapist, MA Psychology, Expressive Arts Therapist, Dance/Movement Psychotherapist

Ayana is an EXAT with a solid background in Dance and Movement.

She has her private practice in Richmond Hill, ON, providing individual psychotherapy for children and adults.

Ayana is a group facilitator with over 15 years of experience in working in different settings with a variety of populations such as refugees, seniors, children and adults with Mental Health challenges and complex disabilities, and individuals with ambulatory disabilities.…

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Emily Springgay, RP (Qualifying), MEd, EXAT

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

I’m Emily (she/her). I’m a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) offering individual in-person and virtual psychotherapy for youth and adults. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a relational perspective, and I integrate experiential, phenomenological, person-centered, and arts-based methods into my sessions. I have a deep appreciation for imagination, creativity, and playfulness, and I value culturally aware, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, 2SLGBTQIA+ affirming, and trauma-informed care.…

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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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Dr Keith Thurlow-Bishop, MA, MSc, PhD, RCC-ACS, RCAT, REAT

Registered Expressive Arts Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

I am an English speaking Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT), Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT) and Approved Clinical Supervisor (RCC-ACS) currently living and working respectfully and mindfully on the unceded ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Peoples on the west coast of Canada. I have been working in the field of mental health since 1990, and have worked with people healing from trauma and concurrent issues relating to mood, addictions, eating disorders, and personality disorders.…

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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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Julia Tribe

Expressive Arts Therapist, Arts Educator and Facilitator


I am an Expressive Arts Therapist, Arts Educator and Facilitator, I work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and capability, meeting my clients where they are at, individually or in-groups, building supportive frameworks that extend outward into community. I combine expressive arts therapy with my theatrical expertise and community engagement to create and support unique art making and story creations, in all its various shapes and sizes.…

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Carla Vinczeffy-Rose, RP, EXAT

Expressive Arts Psychotherapist

Carla is an expressive arts therapist and  Registered Psychotherapist practicing in northwestern Ontario.  Her gentle, client-centered approach involves sensitivity and attunement to each client’s unique needs.

Carla has been engaging Indigenous children and youth and their families in expressive arts psychotherapy for the past ten years through her work with the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and, more recently, in private practice and consultancy with local organizations.…

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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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Janet Walker, MA, RCC, ExAT, BCRPT, CPRT Level 1

Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, BC Registered Play Therapist

The three foci of therapy, education, and the arts have been important for me throughout my life. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, a Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, a BC Registered Play Therapist, and an International Certified Child-Parent Relationship Therapist (Level 1).

My core counselling approach is Expressive Arts Therapy, which facilitates self-expression and personal growth in clients of all ages. …

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Ruth E Wilgress, RP, ExAT

Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist Practitioner

I run my private practice in Muskoka, Ontario.  I work primarily with children and youth in one-on-one settings with a play therapy approach.  I am also play therapy trained with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy.   I also work with adults of various ages.

People come to see me with these issues:  depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship issues, divorce/separation, life-transitions, adoption issues/foster care/attachment,  grief/loss,  PTSD, TBI, sexual/physical abuse, eating disorders, self-care, anger management, behavioural issues, sensory issues, and self identity/self discovery.…

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Yan Sin Wong


Yan Sin Wong Fani, RQ(Q), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT – IEATA), experienced music educator, with demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and education industry, and background of Master of Expressive Arts Therapy, Master of Music Education, and Postgraduate Diploma of Music Therapy. She has been working in an elderly nursing home in Hong Kong as full time Expressive Arts Therapist for 5 years, and now as a full time student studying Gerontology Graduate Programme in Fanshawe College (Toronto).…

OEATA respects and honours the work of our:

  • Expressive Arts Practitioners (EAP)
  • Expressive Arts Therapists (ExAT)
  • Peer Movement Specialists (ExA or ExAT and /or RP)
  • Registered Psychotherapist, ExAT’s (RP, ExA or ExAT)
  • Affiliates (Training institutes, Supportive Businesses)

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