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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, EXAT, MEd

Registered Psychotherapist

I’m Emily (she/her). I’m a Registered Psychotherapist 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.…

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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