HeartSpace Art Therapy and Expressive Arts
I was drawn to study Art Therapy as a result of personal and professional experiences. I worked for a number of years as an adult educator. In this work, I learned about the impacts of trauma on one's whole self, including one's ability to learn, particularly in academic settings. I began to integrate music and art making into learning activities as a way to address some of these impacts and I began to train in Expressive Arts.
Making art and music also helped me on my own pathway to whole-hearted wellness. Along the way, I reconnected with spirit - with myself, with others, with the earth, and with something greater. I value and make space for these connections in my life and work. I continue to participate in Art Therapy and other psychotherapy training and enjoy creating art and music in the company of others.
Other training includes:
- Counsellng Women Certificate (Athabasca University)
- Grief Support (Taking Flight International)
- Open Studio Process (Open Studio Project)
My PhD is in education (University of Alberta).
Professional Memberships and Activities
- Canadian Art Therapy Association. (CATA) Registered Canadian Art Therapsost #2178
- Somatic Experiencing Institute
- Research and Education Chair, CATA
- Member, Master in Psychotherapy and Spirituality program committee, St. Stephen's College