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Create Space for What is: Self-Compassion

I am beginning to realize that I cannot do it all. Writing weekly or every other week blog posts and sending weekly newsletters is not sustainable when I am working full time on top of a private practice consisting of workshops, supervision, consultation and psychotherapy. And though I have not been practicing that level of […]

Art Retreat

What happens when you bring three art therapist friends together at the cottage on a warm and beautiful weekend? Contemplative outdoor art of course!  A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to be at a cottage with my 2 dear friends and colleagues who are also art therapists.  We had thankfully planned this getaway […]

Creating Joy

This time of year can be daunting for many. Surrounded by invitations to find joy through consumerism. Giving, getting and satisfaction outside of ourselves can often become the focus, even when we do not want it to be.  The arbitrary year-end sometimes is also a factor that contributes to a year in review, followed by […]

Honoring Your Strengths Through Art

  The other week I had the honor of being invited to facilitate a creative self-care workshop as part of a Day Away retreat for the Prevention Staff at Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health (CCMH).  In the morning they focused on their individual strengths, similarities and differences within their smaller and larger teams. […]

Cultivate your Unique Creative Voice

I have been writing more in my journal as well as in my art journal lately. Play is such an important part of self-care. When I came across the JP Spears video below I was reminded of just how important it is to cultivate one’s own creative voice.   When we step away from our […]

The Space to Create: Decluttering and Creativity

For the month of August I have been off work: no clinical work, no teaching and no workshops. Every August I take the month to rejuvenate and spend time with family. I get to spend more time in the garden, riding my bike and creating.     This time, much of my creative energy has […]

Adventures in Art Journaling

Well Spring is finally here in Toronto with warm weather, sunshine and spring showers.  Though I am outdoors more, I still turn to my art journaling as my main mode for inner solace. You may be wondering why I am such a big art journaling fan. It all started back even before I was training […]

Mindful Clay

This past week I went to a mindful clay workshop called Reclaiming Your Centre: Breath, Movement, Presence  at the Gardiner Museum’s Community Clay Studio in Toronto, which I pre-registered for in November 2017!  This workshop was highly anticipated by me as it was facilitated by a dear colleague and bright  beacon in the Toronto art therapy community, […]

Arts Based Super Vision

Last weekend I went to a wonderful workshop sponsored by the Ontario Art Therapy Association (OATA) on Arts-based and Positive Supervision. It was a workshop designed for supervisors but open to all including students and supervisees. Aside from the sharing of pertinent information around supervision issues, we explored our character strengths as supervisors and supervisees […]

Creativity, Vulnerability and Reflection

Here we are in 2018, a new year, a new day, a new outlook, if you choose. The New Year celebrations to me are about reminding ourselves that there is always a new opportunity to start fresh, everyday, every hour, every minute, every second of our lives. We just need to take it. We do […]