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Our Story

Our Story
Full Circle -Art Therapy Centre was founded by Pearl Lee and Lacey Ford, two classmates from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (T.A.T.I) in 2014.

Through personal experiences, they both found mental health services to be quite limited for individuals in low-economic situations. Although affordable services are available, to receive assistance, individuals are placed on long waiting lists.  They both understood that therapy and the personal decision to seek help does not start with the first session, but the moment an individual decides to seek help. And the waiting time and financial constraints make the long waiting process unbearable for those in great need of assistance. Full Circle- Art Therapy Centre was created in the hope of filing this gap.  

In October 2015, they were joined by Mitchell Todd, who assists with Events and Marketing.

Full Circle -Art Therapy Centre is committed to operating with full integrity and authenticity.  We are committed to constant personal growth and continuous education in the field of Art Therapy and within it's community.  We are motivated and driven to fulfill our vision of affordable mental health services for all.   

Our Mission
We provide affordable mental health services to a variety of populations in the GTA, through group and individual art therapy sessions. We focus on client-centred treatment and an individual's positive strengths which allows for the expression of their authentic self, through creative means tailored to their needs. 

Our Vision
We are committed to delivering affordable mental health services for all individuals and creating strong connections and partnerships with different communities and organizations.  

Our Achievements
*2014 - Full Circle – Art Therapy Centre was incorporated as a not for profit organization on October 9th.  

*2014 - 1st Fundraising Event - Was held on November 9th at Loft 404 to raise money to build the foundation of our organization called 'Art of Collaboration'. 

*2015 - 2nd Fundraising Event - Was held on February 28th at Autumn Toronto Gallery & Retail Space that feature the remaining artwork created from our first event in a solo art exhibit called, “Art of Collaboration Exhibit.”

*2015 - 3rd Fundraising Event - Project F! was held on May 8th at Artscape Yonge Place that exhibited the live painting of 6 local artists.

*2015 - Partnership with Egale Youth OUTreach, a mental health counselling and drop-in centre for LGBTQ2S Youth experiencing homelessness created in March until May 2016. Provided Open and Closed Group Art Therapy Sessions for homeless LGBTQ2S Youth.

*2015 - Partnership with YWCA - The Elm Centre. Providing Group Art Therapy Sessions to women recovering from addictions, with mental disabilities and in low-economic situations.

*2015 - Partnership with The Gatehouse. Providing Group Art Therapy Sessions to survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse.

*2016 - 1st Annual Art for Heart Painting Fundraiser. From February 20th to March 21st, the directors of Full Circle ATC created a painting per day. All proceeds raised went towards post art therapy group art kits for the LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness who participated in the Egale Youth OUTreach program.

*2016 - Egale Youth OUTreach Art Show was held at Lillian H. Smith Library. The art show showcased the artwork that was created during the group sessions. The money from artwork sold by the youth allowed them to pursue personal goals and necessities.

*2016 - Hosted 2 Workshops for the Social Studies Students at Humber College Lakeshore Campus during their Mental Health Awareness Week in October.

*2016 - Presented a Poster at the 2016 CATA (Canadian Art Therapy Association) Conference in Toronto.

*2016 - Sponsored NAAAPTO Speaker Event: "A Leadership Symposium | Beat Workplace Burnout" that was held at Bar Italia which was focused on Mental Health. Our director Nga Dinh, also the director of events of NAAAPTO spoke at the event on behalf of the benefits of art therapy work being done by Full Circle ATC throughout the Toronto Community.

*2016 - Hosted our 2nd year Anniversary Party at Northern Contemporary Gallery, who graciously donated their space. Guests were invited to participate in individual art directives as music and beverages were served. 

*2017 - NAAAPTO (National Association of Asian American Professionals - Toronto Chapter) Retreat held at the IBM Innovation Centre. Board members were introduced to Art Therapy through individual and group art therapy directives to build community and trust.

*2017 - 2nd Annual Art for Heart Painting Fundraiser. Started February 20th to March 21st, the directors and supporters of Full Circle created a painting per day. Proceeds of the money raised for each sale will go towards our partner organization, The Gatehouse.

*2017 - Art for Heart Silent Auction Event: Hosted by Olivia Chow was held in March 30th. Paintings created during the Art for Heart were all SOLD!!!

Future Endeavours

*2017 - We will be hosting our 3nd year Anniversary Party at Array Sound. Guests will be invited to participate in an individual art directive that will then be positioned into a large group art project. Music and beverages will also be served. 

We would like to Thank all our Partners and Sponsors for their Support, Guidance and Shared Achievements