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Sabrina Louie is an art therapy student in the Art Psychotherapy Diploma program with CiiAT. She has previously completed an Art Education major with a minor in Psychology, at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently resides. Through her experience in an art education program, she has experience working with various populations. It is also through these experiences that she has witnessed the evolution and transformations of individuals who discover new ways in which to express themselves creatively. Thus, beginning her journey to become an art therapist and satisfying her need to create and express creatively and to help others express themselves as well. Sabrina’s past experiences have been mostly arts-based and promote an exploration of art-making and creative expression that is authentic and genuine to one’s self.

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I believe expressive and creative arts are an integral part of our lives, and in my journey, I truly wish to integrate arts with psychology in my life and my practice. I have an Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Degree specializing in Clinical Psychology. After my Master’s, I pursued to become a certified REBT (Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy) practitioner and have been practicing since. Also, I had the opportunity to learn from and intern under an Art Therapist for over six months, where I co-facilitated Art Therapy Support Groups under supervision. I am an amateur artist and a dancer with formal training in both. I started using arts as means of expression at a young age; however, it wasn’t until I went to art therapy for myself that I truly understood the meaning of healing through expressive and creative arts. Now, being a Ciiat Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, I get to advocate and practice what I genuinely believe in. I am very passionate about promoting well-being, personal growth, self-expression, and self-exploration through arts. I want to provide a safe, comfortable, and welcoming environment for everyone. I aim to provide the utmost help and support using various art forms and media.

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BFA in Visual Arts, BEd with a minor in psychology, OCT certified Art Psychotherapy Graduate Diploma Student

Rena is an Art Psychotherapy Diploma student who is passionate about the integration of psychology and art. She has always had a strong desire to support others and reduce the stigma around mental health in a variety of contexts. Rena has seen the benefit of therapy through art and hopes to be able to share this special gift with those around her. She has a special interest working with children, adolescents, young women, new and soon to be mothers as well as a combination of the aforementioned (mother and child). With over 10 years of experience working with and teaching students as well as her knowledge of the mental health field, she is ready to welcome you on your next journey.

Rena has always had a passion for art, and the dream to become an art therapist. Her favourite mediums are sculpture and acrylics – but hand her some permanent markers, and she’s ready to go! Rena hopes to create a safe, warm and welcoming atmosphere to help clients facilitate their healing journey. When not working, Rena can be found learning, reading, creating and spending time with her husband and children.

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Rebecca Dunford is a student art therapist at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, she also has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Rebecca has experience as a practicum student helping facilitate a group art therapy program in a hospital setting. For the past five years Rebecca has been a registered behavioural therapist (RBT) practicing behavioural intervention therapy with children on the autism spectrum. Rebecca is also a self-taught artist, working with watercolours and alcohol inks, but she also has a new found love for eco-based art-making which she often incorporate in her art therapy practices as well. Rebecca aims to create a welcoming and safe space for all individuals to explore their creativity. She believes art making is a key component in healing oneself and easing ones mind.

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CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student B. Sc., Biology

Chandra is grateful to live and work on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lkwungen-speaking peoples in Saanich, BC, Canada with my husband, three children and a little dog. She has managed a licensed family daycare and worked with children and families for ten years. Her experience is also personal, with breaking generational patterns, living with family members with mental health challenges and autism diagnosis, grieving divorce and loss of a parent, as well as many other life stages and transitions.

She is a down-to-earth person and a keen life-long learner. Her passion lies in personal wellness and promoting positive change in the world. She has found art to provide her with an outlet to explore solutions and resolve issues. She enjoys using conventional art materials and unconventional materials to allow for self-expression and insight.

Her approach is as a compassionate and empathetic listener and guide, with an intuitive edge. She is eager to work alongside others no matter what stage of their journey they find themselves to be in.

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Liala is an Art Psychotherapy Diploma student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She is recently retired from the Canadian Armed Forces after serving 12 years. She is passionate about helping other military, veterans, and first responders, which stems from her own experience facing various traumas. Embodying “leave no person behind,” she pursued many courses over her career with the military to aid in helping her in her ability to care for fellow soldiers. Liala has discovered for herself that art therapy is an effective modality of treatment in trauma recovery. When not hitting the books, Liala is making art, spending time with her husband and children, and embracing the goodness of the forest or the local beaches.

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Teresa’s background in early childhood development, education, and family relationships has readied her to support children and parents on their healing journey. Through play and artistic exploration, she will discover your strengths, abilities, and art-making’s healing power. She has varied professional and life experiences as an early childhood educator, a business entrepreneur, and a mother of two. Teresa is a graduate of Sociology from The University of Western Ontario, a registered Early Childhood Educator, and a graduate of Fine Art. This abundance of experience has enriched her identity and grown her abilities to co-create positive outcomes with those around her. Teresa will guide you through your journey of challenges to uncover your strengths. Teresa is inspired in her journey as an art psychotherapist student gaining more tools to assist others on their healing adventures. She appreciates being creative through painting and sharing her vision through the lens of a camera. Teresa’s goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable during your time exploring artistic expression.

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Kelsey is a young artist, continuing a personal practice in ceramics and a multitude of other media after graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2020. Despite the known desire to pursue a career in art therapy, Kelsey took time off school to gain life experience. However, as her passion for the therapeutic arts grew, she made the decision to begin her journey as an art therapy student earlier than anticipated and was enrolled at CiiAT by September 2021.

Much of her practice derives from her personal art practice and interest in psychology. Kelsey’s art practice and her time as a student art therapist both have a strong feminist approach, understanding her own lived experiences and using what she has learned through them when applicable. Throughout her own journey of learning to speak of what is most difficult, Kelsey’s desire to pursue art therapy expanded. She strives to give space to anyone and everyone to discover and explore this additional visual language.

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Deviyanee Devi Chattoo-Kodai is from the eastern part of the City of Ottawa. She is originally from the tropical island, Mauritius. She has a BA with Honors in Fine Arts with a specialization in printmaking as well as significant academic credentials in the teaching domain. In the role of a teacher in primary schools and as an assistant supervisor of the arts in the Ministry of Education of her homeland, she has been supporting students, parents and her colleagues. Having chosen Art Psychotherapy as her prospective field of work, her goal is now aimed at being an art therapist who can use arts as a key tool to help and heal others. Her main aim is focused on being an individual who can be of support to many who have undergone incidents that have impacted their lives in very painful ways. By witnessing her own growth through The Arts, she has developed a keenness in helping others surmount their pain and sorrow. Thus, in the role of an Art Psychotherapist, she strongly reckons that her ability to assist and support others who have undergone painful or even very different events of adverse natures, can be very well-recognized. She feels that Art possesses a healing effect on its own. As someone who admires creativity and also values being a teacher and being from the arts supervisory cadre, she feels that the blending of these professions into the midst of Art Psychotherapy is a unique opportunity. Thus, she would feel privileged to develop new and strategic means in making her way through this endeavor by healing individuals who have experienced significant incidents of impactful origins in their lives.

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Laura, a mother of two, is an art therapy student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She comes with over 15 years of experience working with at-risk youth in the Ottawa and surrounding area. Laura is passionate about helping people of all walks of life.

During the pandemic, she turned to an old passion to cope with stress, do some self-care and that’s when she found the healing power of creating art. Through art therapy, Laura has combined two passions to bring some healing to those in need. You will surely learn more about yourself while exploring this fun new world.

Whether you have experience or not, all are welcome. Here you will find a warm, welcoming environment with no judgement and where you can be you.

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CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

I have been interested in art throughout my life and am passionate as well about cultures, faith, symbols, healing, and art. These interests have led to a sacred calling to work in all these areas, combining them with my art therapy practice and own personal art making.

Semaline was born in Lebanon and studied graphic design, art, and illustration. Most of her 15+ years have been spent with different Christian ministries in several countries, prison ministry, especially with adults, and orphanage ministry with children. And a mental disability center in Lebanon. Also, families who have experienced trauma.

She believes one primary means of change lies in developing a solid, therapeutic, and collaborative relationship with people.

Semaline also believes that ultimately, clients can come to know—when they feel safe, respected, and heard—what is best for themselves, which then assists people to realize they don’t have to face life’s challenges alone. However, we all need a compassionate mentor to help “sort out the messiness of life.” This is where she comes in: helping people feel safe, respected, and heard within a container of compassion.

Semaline loves reading, paintings, sculpture, music, and cooking. She also loves all forms of art. She relishes the fact that in every act of art making and in every the unseen thing and place there is this flash—this epiphany, this ah-ha! —where the physical meets the idea, the mundane meets the magic, and this becomes the precise moment when a genius is born—and perhaps breakthrough and healing. That is the special moment when imagination infused creation, resulting in healing art.

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Rebecca is an artist, graphic designer, illustrator and photographer running her own graphic design business in Calgary, Canada. She has taught art and photography to adults, teens and children through the North Mount Pleasant Arts Centre and was a photography instructor for Canon Canada. She is passionate about the healing potential of the arts.

“My artwork, which is based in drawing, has always been a therapeutic and meaningful activity for me. Putting art together with therapy seems like the most natural thing in the world. Using art and creativity in my commercial work gives me a perspective on art’s ability to communicate while my personal experience of art-making has shown me that there is insight and growth to be found in the art-making process. After many years of working on my own issues with the help of a wonderful therapist, I am now looking forward to using art therapy to help others.”

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Julie is a self-taught artist with a background in Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reiki and relaxation massage. She is currently supporting her art therapy education with an office administration job while still teaching guided meditation and meditative painting classes. Julie is passionate about helping others realize their full potential and gain insight through art and the creative process. Through her calming voice and friendly demeanour, Julie will help you tap into your creative self and help you feel at ease to explore and create. If Julie isn’t creating art herself, you will most likely find her in her garden or adventuring with her family.

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Erin is an artist and has taught drawing and painting to teens and adults in Calgary, Canada. She believes that the expression of art and creating belongs to everyone and that it holds space for unity, growth and healing. Erin encourages everyone to create regardless of experience, as it is a fundamental right to express yourself in this language. She is passionate about creating a safe environment to explore this expression and providing a place to be seen and heard.

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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Hanna is an Art Psychotherapy Diploma student who is passionate about the integration of psychology and art. She has always had a strong desire to support others and reduce the stigma around mental health in a variety of contexts. Her research background and training in clinical psychology informs her approach to art therapy and her desire to make mental health support services more accessible. Although art-making has always been an important part of her life, she recently turned to art as a tool to help reflect on transition, manage stress, cope with uncertainty, and explore future directions in her own life. It was this exploration that led Hanna to pursue training in art therapy and to learn more about the role of art therapy in fortifying well-being. Hanna hopes to provide a safe space for clients to explore their own goals and find what works best to support those goals in their own lives. Hanna grew up in Toronto Ontario but has called the east coast of Canada home for the past 8 years.

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Eryn is an art therapy student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She has a passion for helping the perinatal community. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently working as a labour and delivery nurse (17+ years of experience). Working as a nurse assisting women through the birthing process gives her a unique perspective on helping with anxiety associated with labour and delivery, pre and post-birth trauma experiences, as well as helping with postpartum concerns, ie breastfeeding concerns, postpartum anxiety, postpartum blues, postpartum depression and the grief of an early, or late loss. As a self-taught artist she has used her art over the years to help her work through events in her life, including the birth of her four children. She loves working with lots of different types of media, from digital to painting (acrylic and watercolour), to drawing/colouring, (pencil, pencil crayon, crayon, marker), to collage making and constructing 3D models (found objects, paper and clay). She’s also an avid reader and writer, with two short stories published. She’s looking forward to helping mothers with self-care through the power of creating art. Using mindfulness techniques to aid in slowing down and living in the moment. Helping them with accepting what cannot be changed; and empowering them to find their strengths and abilities to move forward through their fears, anxieties and depression to see the little joys and successes in this short stage of life.

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Tammy’s background in early childhood development, education and family relationships has equipped her to support children and parents as her primary client focus. She is sensitive to help you hear and empower the creative voice of your inner child as you explore a variety of materials and art-making processes. Through creative play and artistic experimentation, discover your gifts, your potential and the healing power of art-making. Tammy has had varied professional and life experiences as a preschool and school teacher, an artist, published children’s author, art education entrepreneur and mother of three young children herself, Tammy will walk with you in your current journey of challenges, anxieties, and life events to uncover the strengths you have forgotten about or maybe never knew you had.

Along with her current studies at CiiAT, Tammy is also completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She endeavours to use art therapy as her focus in her practice someday as a child psychologist in the future. Tammy’s approach is compassionate and motivational, welcoming the opportunity to connect with you and your family through art.

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