(DVATI, MC, RCC)
Instructor, Project Advisor
I was introduced to the concept of art as therapy while attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in the 1980’s. This introduction ignited my passion to pursue a career in art therapy, thus changing my life course in wondrous ways.
I graduated from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 1987, working in private practice and non-profit agencies, largely focused on children, youth, and families. For the last 15 years, I have worked in the field of child sexual abuse at the Sexual Abuse Intervention Program in the Comox Valley. I have also taught the Family Art Therapy workshops at VATI over the years, thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to work with art therapy students.
My training and interests also incorporates family systems therapy, play therapy, and CBT. I recently completed a master’s degree in counselling from Athabasca University. Currently, I am in a study group for the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), which considers the effects of trauma and neglect on the child’s developing brain, which in turn impacts relationships, emotional regulation, and learning ability. Art and play therapy are important components of the therapeutic web that these children and youth need in order to heal.