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Jotika Chaudhary Samant, EXAT, RSW

Expressive Arts Therapist, Registered Social Worker Jotika Healing Arts
Work Vancouver Vancouver British Columbia Work Phone: 778-836-1266 Website: Jotika Healing Arts

Biography

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. It can be an entry point, a doorway to more self-awareness of our nervous system, to creating greater connection to what safety and feels like in our bodies.

Expressive Arts has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have always created (wrote, painted, collaged, danced, sang, etc.) long before I knew why my body and spirit needed too. As a queer person of colour and a survivor of violence, the Expressive Arts helped me process experiences of grief, familial heartbreak, experiences of being first generation in the Diaspora, and feeling disconnect from my homelands, my culture, and ancestral Religion.

Modalities that helped me work through and continue to support me on my healing journey are: movement, writing, drama, zine making, and singing to name a few! Arts based individual therapy and workshops as well as my own creative practices helped me cope, and continue to be a place of comfort and self-reflection.

As BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) there is so much wisdom inside of our bodies; so many stories, so much honest art, so much magic wanting to be shared & such a depth resilience. BIPoC hold narratives of survival and thriving in our bodies. For BIPoC, the oppression experienced from homophobia, sexism, transphobia, classism, fatphobia, ableism, colonialism, and so much more is exhausting, can be completely debilitating, and can keep us from thriving.

BIPoC deserve spaces to express ourselves and access tools for our healing. It is important to me to support centering the voices of folks who are marginalized. I aim to do this in my organizing within QTBIPoC communities and as An Expressive Arts Therapist supporting predominantly BIPoC in my practice. I truly recognize the value in spaces that are created specifically for BIPoC; these spaces have a sacredness and are necessary for survival.

Expressive Arts can be a tool to support a coming back into our bodies. It can be an entry point, a doorway to more self-awareness of our nervous system, to creating greater connection to what safety feels like in our bodies. It is a joy for me to create arts based therapeutic spaces for and with folks.

Languages

  • English
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