Who Am I

We like to compartmentalize things. Yes, there are benefits for “a place for everything and everything in its place”, but not at the expense of fragmentation. We are whole beings; we feel, we think and we act. We can’t expect to accomplish anything without utilizing it all. I am an integrator. And it is my business to know how to do that and help you do the same.

A few years ago, I found myself heading out, moving from a familiar landscape towards a new and unchartered territory. As a woman in my fifties I had to adapt to a new country and a new culture. And as a Creative Arts Therapist who had been employed by a community agency, I now had to adapt to my choosing to be an entrepreneur and learn about the culture and the language and customs of being a business woman.

I am the proud owner of Creative Arts Therapies Services. I have pulled together over 30 years of learning and experience and have created a framework and approach that can enable my clients to grow, develop, and achieve personal and professional success.

about me

EDUCATION:

1985   HAHNEMANN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia

Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy (M.C.A.T.)

1983   MCGILL UNIVERSITY, Montreal, Quebec

Bachelor of Music, (B.Mus.)

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

1984-Present – Provide the health and mental health community, and business community, with in-services, training and development seminars and workshops on various topics including non-verbal communication, Creative Arts Therapy, developmental psychology, human behavior, and group dynamics.

1986-Present – Creative Arts Psychotherapist in private practice. Currently providing Brief Therapy work (individual adults, couples and families): 6-week short term therapy focusing on identifying “blockages” or focusing on issues related to grief and loss.

2003-2009 MukiBaum Treatment Centres, Toronto, Ontario

A community center for children, youth and adults with complex developmental and psychiatric challenges. Hired as Senior Therapist for Adult Day Program Services, promoted within the first year to Clinical Supervisor for Adult Day Program Services, promoted after 2 years to Clinical Manager of Children and Adult Day and Residential Services. In 2009, I was offered the position of Clinical Director of the center but had to decline as I was moving to Israel.

1998-2001 BLOORVIEW MACMILLAN CENTRE, Toronto, Ontario

Music Therapist and coordinator of Creative Arts Therapies for an internationally renowned center for pediatric rehabilitation.

1988-1998 TORONTO CENTRE FOR CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY (TCCAT), Toronto, Ontario

Founder/Executive Director/Music Therapist

TCCAT a community, registered non-profit mental health center provided the creative arts therapies for children, youth and adults with emotional and psychiatric challenges.

1994-2003 BEYOND WORDS, Toronto, Ontario

Co-founder

Provided creative arts consultation services to community agencies and corporations.

Specialized in the use of the Individual Suitability Profile (ISP), a human resources and career counselling tool designed by myself and my business partner and co-founder of Beyond Words.

1986-1988 THE HUGH MACMILLAN MEDICAL CENTRE, Toronto, Ontario

Music Therapist

Provided individual and group music therapy services to children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities.

1985-1988 STOTHERS CENTRE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, Etobicoke, Ontario

Music Therapist

Designed and implemented music therapy programs for preschoolers with emotional disturbances and developmental delays.

1985-1986 MUKI BAUM TREATMENT CENTRE, Downsview, Ontario

Music Therapist

Designed and implemented music therapy programs for children, youth and young adults with developmental and psychiatric challenges.