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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.

All of our therapists (except Lacey and Pearl) operate as their own private practise out of our centre. Each of them are passionate to fulfill the mission of affordable mental health care for all. Our sliding scale starts from $60. You and your art therapist will work together to determine a fee that works for your financial situation.

We are currently looking for Art Therapists who identify with our mission of delivering affordable mental health services to join our co-working space. Our team is growing - join us!


Lacey Ford, RP (Qualifying), DTATI, HBA

I believe that everyone is resilient and has the ability to heal and grow. I can help you to reconnect with your true values and inner strengths, in order to get back on track to getting what you want from life.

I take an empathetic and flexible approach in my therapeutic practice, in consideration of each person's own unique strengths and needs. My therapeutic approach is grounded in person-centered art therapy & mindfulness.

I specialize in working with individuals struggling with: emotional identification & self-expression, depression and anxiety, trauma, life transitions, and self-identity.

Available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

*Accepts insurance from League

 

Andrea Cleghorn, B.A, 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.

Available on Wednesdays

*Accepts insurance from League

 
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Karen is full at the moment, please sign up for the waitlist through the book a session button

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

Karen is an artist and therapist from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a master's degree in Art Therapy from New York University as well as a bachelor of fine arts from OCAD University, where she became fascinated with how elements and principles of visual expression can portray unspoken ideas. After taking time to study psychology and human development, Karen worked in the field of early childhood education. She also spent five years being a creative arts volunteer at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health working in various departments.

As an art therapist, Karen has honed her ability to align art interventions with cognitive, emotional and behavioural functioning to support those experiencing diverse array of issues. Settings she has worked at include schools, hospitals, correctional facilities and private practice. She currently works for a company doing employee assistance counselling and as psychotherapist in Toronto.

Available on Fridays

 

Laura Simmons,B.F.A, D.T.A.T.I, RP (Qualifying)

Art has the ability to heal, transform, soothe and create new insights. Using mindfulness and narrative therapy techniques, I work with children, adolescents and adults who are dealing with grief, loss, eating disorders, terminal illness, and more.

I am passionate about working in the field of grief and bereavement in particular, supporting those dealing with death. Artmaking is beneficial when dealing with death, loss and grief as articulating such painful feelings can be difficult, whereas artmaking can be an effective tool for expression and understanding.

I work with individuals and groups to provide art therapy in a gentle, non-intrusive manner tailored to each client’s needs and with an empathetic approach. I work from a Constructivist theory which is based on making meaning of our personal experiences and transforming personal narratives to ones of hope and change.

Available on Tuesdays

*Accepts most insurance

 

Pearl Lee, B.A Honours, D.T.A.T.I, RP (Qualifying)

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

In my practice, I focus on facilitating a space of compassion and to build a partnership with my clients. Throughout this process, I 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.

Available on Thursdays and Saturdays

*Accept League insurance


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 identify with our mission of delivering affordable mental health services and believe this is the opportunity you have been waiting for? Reach out to us at fullcircleatc@gmail.com.