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Art Psychotherapy Student, CiiAT Master of Education Boxuan is presently pursuing an Art Psychotherapy Diploma at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT). Leveraging a diverse academic background that shows his profound commitment to the field. He possesses a postgraduate diploma in applied psychology from China, a Master of Education from the University of Windsor, Canada, and an MSc major in Entertainment and Media Management from Marseille, France. With a multicultural and multilingual background, Boxuan offers therapy in both Mandarin and English, fostering an inclusive and accessible therapeutic space for individuals from various cultural backgrounds.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Boxuan is also working closely with individuals experiencing developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Windsor community. His dedication to helping people achieve a good and quality life is evident in his hands-on contribution within the community. This commitment underscores Boxuan’s belief in the transformative power of community engagement and inclusive practices. Passionate about cultivating impactful therapeutic connections, Boxuan specializes in working with individuals who share a similar cultural background. His dedication extends to those who resonate with this shared cultural identity, fostering a space for profound and meaningful therapeutic experiences.

Additionally, he aspires to provide affirming and empathetic therapy to the LGBTQ+ community, enhancing his cultural competence to address their unique challenges. Drawing on over five years of professional experience in campus settings and an MEd degree, Boxuan adeptly navigates developmental challenges for individuals in various life stages, employing personalized therapeutic approaches.

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Anandita, originally from India, immigrated to Canada at the age of 18, bringing with her a rich cultural heritage and a passion for art. During her university years, she discovered the profound healing powers of art and drawing, which became both a creative outlet and an emotional sanctuary for her during her transition to life in Canada. She is a student art therapist, studying at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CIIAT). She graduated with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Toronto.

She works as a traditional and digital media artist and takes delight in using all kinds of mediums to create and explore a wide range of techniques. Anandita’s background in Art History enriches her approach to art therapy by providing a deep understanding of artistic expression across cultures. Driven by compassion, and a desire to help others from diverse backgrounds, Anandita is committed to creating a warm and safe environment where individuals can explore creative self-expression and reflection through art therapy.

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Emilia is a student art therapist with CiiAT in the Art Psychotherapy Diploma Program. Originally from Eastern Europe, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Arts from the University of Ottawa. For 16 years, Emilia has been passionately creating art, gifting most of her pieces, and taking multiple classes at the Ottawa School of Arts to refine her skills. After years in the corporate world, she realized that art is where her life’s work truly lies, as it brings profound meaning and healing.

Her experience as a project manager in a high-tech nonprofit organization provides her with a goal-oriented, focused, creative, and adaptive approach to the therapeutic process. Emilia’s life is enriched by her role as a mother of two, including a teenage girl and a neurodivergent 10-year-old boy, giving her a deep understanding of the diverse challenges and joys of family life. She is also a native Bulgarian speaker, with some understanding of Russian, and speaks French and Greek at an intermediate level. Emilia loves learning about different cultures.

Emilia is dedicated to helping others discover the healing power of art. She aims to create a supportive environment where clients can explore their creativity, gain insights, and find emotional relief. She is also a keen amateur ballroom dancer, continuously exploring new avenues of creativity and expression. Emilia would be honoured to help you find meaning, understanding, and healing through the creation of art.

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Gabrielle Lanthier is a student art therapist in the Art Psychotherapy diploma program at CIIAT. She graduated from the Visual and Critical Studies program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, where she currently resides. During her undergraduate program, she engaged in an array of art practices and mediums, and studied art making practices from around the world. Her engagement with art-making has played an important role in her own healing journey. She believes that healing happens in community, and her experience facilitating trauma-informed peer support group programs allowed her to witness the healing power of co-creating safe spaces with others. Gabrielle welcomes you to connect with your inner artist, and offers a compassionate, non-judgemental, and playful space for self-discovery.

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I have a BA in Counselling and Human Services and ten years of experience as a youth support worker, primarily with neurodivergent young people. As the mother of a busy two-year-old daughter, I also have a growing passion to connect with new and expecting mothers as they navigate life’s changes! I also have some experience working with individuals in crisis - fleeing domestic violence, navigating addictions, and dealing with homelessness.

Art has been woven into both my personal and professional life because I have experienced for myself the nurturing and restorative nature of engaging in the arts. I believe art-making is a powerful tool to express oneself, connect with others, and increase overall well-being. Inspired by Narrative Therapy and the Internal Family Systems Framework, I am passionate about supporting individuals in re-imagining and re-defining their stories. I hope to help shift the shame, frustration, or sense of overwhelm you may have towards parts of your life or your story into curiosity and compassion through creative expression and exploration. My hope for our time together is to increase a sense of clarity, calm, and self-kindness through art-making.

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Kate Brown is a student art therapist studying at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT). She graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (BFA) and a minor in Classics. Born and raised on the East Coast of Canada, Kate stands out amidst other Maritimers for her aversion to dulse and donairs. While her teachers taught the rest of her peers long division, Kate was only interested in making art. Thankfully, she did start paying attention, but that love for the arts never disappeared. After discovering art therapy, she was ecstatic to finally combine her passion for art with the desire to help others. She aims to create a safe and welcoming space where people can explore their thoughts with artistic expression through various materials and methods.

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Golzar Safakish received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario. Her passion to create art began at a young age and has continued to aid her in her own personal growth and self-discovery into adulthood. She is a firm believer that every individual has the innate ability to be creative and can benefit from the use of art as an outlet for self-expression. With a background in psychology and a desire for helping others, she is committed to supporting her clients in reaching their therapeutic goals through the process of art-making. Golzar takes a person-centred approach in her practice as she adapts her interventions to nurture the needs and goals of each individual client. Her therapeutic process ensures that her clients have a non-judgmental space where they can feel safe to explore their thoughts, feelings, and emotions at their own pace. In addition to her studies at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, Golzar makes an ongoing effort to do her own personal research to deepen her understanding of various therapeutic techniques and modalities. She hopes to use her knowledge and therapeutic skills to guide her clients on a journey toward healing, self-empowerment and emotional well-being.

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Katherine is an Art Psychotherapy Graduate Student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), a recent Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD U) Illustration alumna, and currently working as a part-time Art Instructor. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, she combines her background in art and design with her experience with children to build a practice that supports children’s emotional growth through art therapy, fostering self-expression and creativity.

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Sara Flicht is a diploma student with the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy and creative arts facilitator. With an undergraduate degree in Theatre and Development and Psychology from Concordia University, Sara’s background in dramatic and visual art has always been a source of joy and connection. After years spent in various community arts programming in Toronto, Sara was brought to the field of art therapy. Through this, she has been learning to harness the power of creativity for therapeutic benefit.

Sara’s approach is process-based, flexible, and client-centred. From working with children to older adults in hospital settings to running a bi-weekly therapeutic art drop-in group, her aim is to encourage everyone’s potential for inner creative expression. She strives to create a space where individuals can feel safe and secure while engaging with their artistic voice to support a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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Kristen is an enthusiastic fine art professional whose motto remains ‘if you do not travel within, you may be travelling without’. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design (now AUARTS) with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree as a painting major. Her personal creative practice engages fluid media as organic aesthetics that access emotional realms, promoting cognitive clarity. She does not shy away from any media, spontaneously exploring unconventional methods. Her inventor’s curiosity is founded on themes of letting go with the flow and healthy control, fascinated by the revealing of one’s idiosyncratic styles and tendencies.

Kristen is a Vancouver Island-based certified Usui Reiki master and artist with acknowledgment and gratitude to the First Nations Lekwungen Peoples of the Esquimalt and Songhees Nation, all of the fifty First Nations communities located within the Coast Salish, Nuu Chah Nulth, and Kwakiut-l regions. A nature lover, ocean-scape dweller, and tree admirer, she utilizes intuition and concepts of energy as a guide to enjoying conscious breathwork, yoga, innovative neuroscience, music making, reflective journalling, poetry, and spirituality. As a child, she intently dedicated her life to becoming a healing arts professional after enduring a rare life-altering neurological disorder that resulted in partial disability.

As an adult student art therapist, she wishes to gain experience with diverse populations, including but not limited to those affected by ableism, grief, loss, and illness, with a desire to boost wellbeing, existential resilience, and mental health in cultivating identity. Her clinical goal is to facilitate enriched and empowered creative experiences with a holistic person-centered approach based on mindfulness, gentle somatic sensory awareness, self-care, and mind-body-spirit connection.

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Tina is a Canadian born Chinese daughter of immigrants from South China and Hong Kong. Tina’s family journey in Canada began in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal and she grew up mostly in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her professional work in finance and human rights education has taken her all over the world. She has spent over 20 years in the social services field focused on child and family violence prevention, child and youth friendly community development, and advocacy in child rights, human rights, and anti-racism.

Tina is now a mother of two children and lives on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people with her family. She is in her final year of the graduate art therapy program and is also a practicum student at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. She is currently working at a BC mental health policy advocacy organization.

Art making has been a part of Tina’s life since childhood and art therapy has been so important to her own healing and self-care journey. She recognizes the need for more access to mental health supports for racialized communities and is striving to contribute to decolonizing, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and trauma-informed practices.

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Jenna is a student art therapist with CiiAT in the Art Psychotherapy Diploma Program. She is originally from Calgary, Alberta and made the move to Victoria two years ago and has never looked back. She graduated in 2022 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, unsure of what to do with her degree. Her life was permeated with anxiety and depression, and besides her positive experiences with cognitive-behavioural therapy, art helped her heal by allowing her to put every thought and feeling into the art she was making. When she discovered art therapy was a real career path, she knew exactly what she wanted to do. After moving to Victoria, she took several courses in psychology at Camosun College to help her achieve her goal. Jenna hopes to foster creativity, mindfulness, and self-care in others and show them how inspiring and rewarding their journey in art therapy can be.

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Yuli is currently studying to become an art therapist at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She decided to take this career path because it has been her life mission to use creativity to help others.

She graduated from Algonquin College, Ottawa with a Bachelor of Interior Design. She has worked in Tokyo at an art installation firm, and learned how to create comfortable and joyful physical spaces for people. She also worked part time teaching English conversation to adults and art to children. As a teacher, she had the privilege of working with age groups ranging from 4 to 70 years old. This is where she found her strength for holding safe learning environments to help her students grow.

Growing up as a second generation Asian Canadian, Yuli experienced the cross-cultural challenges living in Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. Art has been a tool for her to navigate and understand how her environment makes her feel. It helped shape her identity and gave her a safe platform to express her true thoughts. This sparked her love for art therapy. Yuli looks forward to providing creative guidance to clients, making a welcoming safe space where they can explore, grow, and express themselves authentically.

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I have always found a strong sense of purpose in helping others and making art. I couldn’t imagine a better way of supporting people in their healing than through a process of creative expression.

Over the past fifteen years, my studies, artistic practice and professional life have been motivated by a desire to understand the human condition. What I have learned is that creativity is an innate and fundamental aspect of the self, and one of the most powerful inner resources we have to restore balance to our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Before I had an understanding of the influence that different art materials and processes have on the brain, I couldn’t fully appreciate the role creativity played in my health or how to make the most of its benefits. That is why I value an evidence-based approach to art therapy that is grounded in neuroscience and prioritizes psychoeducation as an essential part of the therapeutic experience. My hope is to provide my clients with a warm and relaxed environment where creative play enables greater self-awareness for empowered self-care. I look forward to working together towards your therapeutic goals in a style that is in tune with your personal comfort, interests and needs.

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McKayla Stewart is a diploma student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Growing up in a family affected by mental illness inspired her interest in helping others who struggle with mental health. She has experience working with diverse individuals through homecare, tutoring, and as support staff in acute inpatient mental health and residential addictions treatment settings. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta, she was unsure of which career path to choose. When she discovered the field of Art Therapy, everything clicked. McKayla strongly believes in the healing power of creative expression, and has always found joy in a variety of artistic endeavours such as drawing, painting, embroidery, and mask-making. She aims for a gentle client-centered, collaborative approach, and always appreciates the opportunity to work with and learn from new people.

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Sarah graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Neuroscience and a certificate in Disability Management. Sarah was ‘late’ to embrace art in her life - it wasn’t until she sought Art Therapy in her own healing journey that she recognized the importance of this work and wanted to share it with others. With no formal training in fine arts, Sarah will be the first to tell you that creativity is for everybody, no matter their experience and/or abilities. With a background in group home and respite work, Sarah has experience working with diverse populations, including neurodiverse folks and clients with intellectual disabilities. She embraces a person-centred approach and works to meet clients where they are in ways that are meaningful and effective for them.

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Richard is a student art therapist currently residing in Ontario Canada. He has received an advanced diploma with honours from the Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax Canada. With his artistic background, Richard uses art as an integral part of daily life and is now studying under the Canadian International Institution of Art Therapy in order to spread the wonderful magic of art-making in a therapeutic, creative environment. Richard can usually be found painting away in his studio or researching theories and concepts to add to his eclectic creative practice. While Richard’s main focus was painting in school, he has come to love all art processes.

Richard views art as a magical door that helps open us up to new worlds, new experiences, and new ways of self-discovery.

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