I am an artist, designer, architect, double immigrant (I lived in Latvia and Israel, before moving to Canada), a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, and a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. I bring my multicultural experience to the individual sessions and group workshops. I believe that body-mind connection is a gateway to creativity. I am trained in mindfulness and often incorporate it into my work with clients. I am trauma-informed, human-centred therapist; I believe that while CBT and other talk-based therapies are not for everyone, Expressive Arts Therapy is universal. It goes beyond words, allowing to connect with the unconscious, addressing and healing traumatic experiences that cannot be put into words.
Depression, anxiety, ADHD, midlife crisis, aging, grief, loss and chronic pain are among the issues that could be addressed in Expressive Arts Therapy. In addition to a graduate level diploma in EXAT, I also hold an M.A. in Art and certifications in IFS, trauma, DBT, Attachment theory.
I offer a 20-minute free online consultation; don't hesitate to contact me to schedule it at your convenience.
I have extensive experience working with clients identifying as women, non-binary, and genderqueer, as well as people with ADHD.
I love facilitating custom Expressive Arts workshops. I am involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and several Care Homes. I have experience as a summer camp facilitator at Place des Arts. I am a Moving Forward family services volunteer, and did my practicum at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, with women immigrants from UBC and Ukrainian refugees. I also volunteer with Burnaby Hospice Society.
Though majority of my clients are English-speaking, I also speak Russian and Hebrew fluently, understand Ukrainian, and some French. I love creating custom-tailored ExA workshops, and combine movement, visual art, creative writing to foster creativity and human connection. Please contact me to discuss your next event!