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Vitina Filiberto, (she/her)

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) & Expressive Arts Student Therapist
Home Scarborough Scarborough Ontario

Biography

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. My greatest teachers in life have been my lived experiences and have included childhood domestic violence, marriage, infertility, adoption, parenthood, loss and bereavement, and my most recent teachers, breast cancer and survivorship. It is through these lived experiences that I am better equipped to offer clients an honest and non-judgmental stance rooted in empathy. In my training to become a therapist, I have worked with many agencies and organizations serving an array of community members suffering from sexual trauma, AIDS/HIV, gender-based violence, loss, grief, and bereavement. I have fostered therapeutic relationships with clients one-on-one and within group settings by recognizing how trauma, oppression, and social injustice may impact a person’s healing process, and how barriers may impede the quality and access to much needed services. I have also worked with corporate mental health and wellness by advocating and creating brave spaces for employees in the workplace.

How can Expressive Arts Therapy help?
During therapy sessions, the arts are used as a gateway to explore emotions, deepen understanding, and develop compassion for self and others. It is through the process of art-making and remaining curious, that alternative possibilities can be imagined. Clients may begin to see different perspectives, gain clarity, discover hope and navigate through their discomfort and suffering. The arts can become a resource during times of difficulty and life’s transitions.  It is with the arts, and through the therapeutic relationship, that clients learn to reclaim their power, make different choices, and foster a space where healing can begin.

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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