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carol barrett

Expressive Arts Therapist private practice, paused March 31, 2022
Home Toronto Toronto Ontario


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.  For many years I have been deeply touched and inspired by clients who make meaning out of difficult life experiences by shaping the effects of those experiences into a poem, movement, visual art and/or music making.  I witness,  listen, hear and respond to clients and the creative process. Through this relational and creative practice clients have an opportunity to discover resources within themselves that may have previously been inaccessible or unacknowledged, gain self acceptance, or make changes, to re-shape their lives.


Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology; European Graduate School 2015

International Schools for Interdisciplinary Studies,Expressive Arts Therapy, Diploma, 2006. (now The CREATE Institute)

Central Technical School, Toronto; Visual Arts Program, 2004-05.

B.A. Classical Studies and Communication, University of Ottawa 1998.

Related work experience:

2023-present:  volunteer, Dancing with Parkinson’s

2019-present:  Expressive Arts programing consultant, YWCA Toronto

2017-2022: Registerd Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

2008-2018   Expressive Arts Therapist, group facilitator  in the Breakthrough Program at YWCA Toronto, facilitating expressive arts  groups for women healing from  experiences of abuse and/or violence in their lives.

2006-2008   Expressive Arts Therapist, group facilitator at YWCA Toronto, facilitating groups for women who had recently left VAW shelters and were living in community.

1976-2006    Dance teacher, designing and teaching dance classes for children and adults in Ottawa, and Toronto Ontario; designed and delivered movement workshops for women with eating disorders; participated as member of the Professional Advisory Group for Bodysense: A Positive Body Image Initiative For Athletes, an eating disorders prevention project by the Pinecrest-Queensway Health and Community Services, Ottawa, Canada.

1969-1975  Professional dancer with Northern Dance Theatre, London Festival Ballet, New London Ballet,  England

1967-69  Professional dancer: freelance tv, film, pantomime; London, England

Additional Workshops and Trainings:

Firefly Creative Writing practice, ongoing

5Rhythms dance practice, ongoing

Radical Self-Compassion, Tara Brach, March 2021.

Embracing the Unknown, Pema Chodron,  September 2020

Meditation and Psychotherapy, Tara Brach, August 2020

Learning from the Knowledge Keepers, April 26 & 27th 2019, Leading Edge Seminars Inc.,

Toronto. Assist, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, November 19 & 20, 2018, CMHA Toronto.

5Rhythms Movement “Gateways to Freedom” series, Layah Jane Singer-Wilson, Sept. 2018, Toronto.

Supervision Course for members of the College of Registered Psychotherapists, Annette Dekker, MSW RSW RMFT-5, RMFT Supervisor, March 2018, Toronto.

Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA): Self-Care for Front Line Workers; March 2018, Toronto.

Woman Abuse Council of Toronto: Trauma-Informed Care and Practice; Trauma and the Brain; Self-Reflection and Unpacking Bias; March 2018, Toronto.

The Body Keeps the Score: New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, 2017,  Leading Edge  Seminars Inc.,

Toronto International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA) Conference : Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy,  October, 2017, Winnipeg Manitoba.

The Movement Basis of Artistic Expression, a Painting Workshop on Liberating Creativity, with Shaun McNiff, May 2014, Toronto.

Voice workshop –  Anthony Bergamin, April 2012, Toronto.

Clay workshop – Susan Low-Beer, March 2012, Toronto.

Narrative Therapy workshop – Dulwich Centre, July 2010, Toronto.

Drumming Workshop with Terri Segal, 2010, Toronto.

Butoh workshop with Denise Fujiwara – 201?. Toronto.

Anti-OppressionTraining , Transgender in Women’s Services, YWCA Toronto,  2009

Level 1 Trauma Training –  Natalie Zlodre, Hincks Delcrest 2008, Toronto.

Understanding Legal System Intersections: Assisting Assaulted Women Navigate Multiple Legal Process, – Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic 2008, Toronto.

Integrating Sexual Healing into Your Counselling Practice, Ministry of Community and Social Services, 2008, Toronto.

Effective Treatment Approaches and Strategies with Survivors of Chronic Abuse – Ministry of Community and Social Services, 2007, Toronto.

SOS From Surviving to Thriving With Stress – Ministry of Community and Social Services, 2007, Toronto. Anti Oppression, Anti Discrimination and Service Equity Training, YWCA Toronto, 2007.

Teacher Seminars, National Ballet School, 1994, 1997,1998, 1999, 2000, 2001. Toronto.


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