Our Art Therapists

All of our Art Therapists are professionally trained at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (T.A.T.I), Master Equivalent Diploma, with over 800 hours practicum hours completed to start.

We take your mental health needs very seriously, and that starts with us taking care of our own mental health through regular self-care practices, including monthly group art therapy led by a trained Art Therapist.

We are currently looking for Art Therapists who resonate with our mission of delivering affordable mental health services to join our co-working space. Please contact fullcircleatc@gmail.com

 
 

Lacey Ford, B.A. Hons, D.T.A.T.I

Lacey specializes working with individuals struggling with self-expression, depression or anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and increasing self-awareness.

Lacey practices a person centered approach and takes an empathetic and flexible approach in therapy, since she believes that everyone has their own unique strengths and needs. She also integrates mindfulness, psycho-education & CBT into her practice.

“A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.”  -Carl R. Rogers

Alex Calder Karagianis, BA Hons, DTATI, RSSW

I work with clients to explore the roots of their presenting issues through art, helping them better understand themselves, and then creating new and healthy coping mechanisms together.

I have done this through my work with clients who have intellectual disabilities by making a plan with them that incorporates achievable goals. In my work with those in addiction treatment, a main focus in therapy has been to help clients realize how art therapy can help them externalize overwhelming thoughts and feelings. 

I enjoy developing and tailoring my art therapy sessions based on the needs of my clients. One of my goals as an art therapist is to assist clients in their process of creativity. This is a unique aspect of art therapy that creates agency and confidence in clients. Art therapy is a gentle and insightful way to approach introspection.

Accepts most insurance plans, please check with your provider before booking.

Andrea Cleghorn, D.T.A.T.I

I believe therapy should be as common as getting out for a walk or engaging in any form of self care.  We neglect our mental health which can be just as detrimental as neglecting our physical health. Whether you have low level stress or have a chronic mental health issue, Art Therapy can be an integral part of ongoing therapy and enhance everyday life skills.

I approach each new client with acceptance and openness to what they might be looking for through Art Therapy.  I am there to provide an individual with a setting to facilitate all expressions without negative repercussions and I encourage the artistic process without any emphasis on aesthetics or particular outcome.  In other words, being ‘artistic’ is definitely not required.

My focus has been mainly with children and adolescents who have endured traumatic events and/or also suffer from a variety of mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other forms of self harm.

Karen Shay, M.A, B.F.A, RP (Qualifying)

My objective is to foster personal development and emotional insight by using client-centred psychodynamic approaches, sometimes with art-making involved. By focusing on emotion regulation and mindfulness, I have experienced a great sense of fulfillment helping clients integrate their life experiences into personal narratives that are positive and meaningful.

Modes of therapy offered include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness. As an affordable counsellor I am covered by some insurance plans (check with your provider) and can offer a receipt if needed. Contact me and I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

I work with children, teenagers and adults going through various life transitions and/or who are dealing with trauma, both mild and complex. I'm available evenings and weekends and initial phone consultation is free.

Pearl Lee, B.A.Hons, D.T.A.T.I

My therapeutic practice is grounded in a combination of client-centred therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness. I strongly believe that people are not defined by their problems and everyone has the capacity to achieve their full potential.

In my practice, I focus on facilitating a space of compassion and to build a partnership with my clients. Throughout this process, she can help individuals connect to their true self; build self-resiliency; identify their life narrative; help them explore their narrative's impact; acceptance and re-authoring their narrative to re-align with their true self.

I specialize in youth, individual experienced with abuse/assault, anxiety, grief/ loss and life transitions.

 
 
 

Join our team!

We are currently looking for qualified Art Therapists to join our team. We strive to create a safe community space to help spread Art Therapy and respond to the growing need of for affordable mental health care in our city.

In the stale mental health industry, we have developed a different approach to therapy, workshops, and courses. We prioritize inclusion, creativity and community building in all aspects of our work and thoroughly believe in the power of art to bring people together by creating an equal platform for all to be heard.

Do you resonate with our mission of delivering affordable mental health services and believe this is the opportunity you have been waiting for? Then contact us at fullcircleatc@gmail.com.