Therapists-in-Training

Find a Therapist in your own language and Time Zone

A number of our graduate student art therapists are also licensed or registered therapists, social workers, or counselors.

All student therapists are supervised by Registered Art Therapists.

Shawna Tavsky

Student Therapist

Bachelors of Communications

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English and Spanish (ESPAÑOL)
Mexico (CDT)

Currently not accepting new clients

Shawna is an artist and photographer originally from Canada with more than twenty years of experience in the creative arts. In 2009, she moved with her son to Mexico City where she founded a non profit interdisciplinary arts center. As artistic director for ten years, she focused much of her time developing art programs for children, youth, and emerging artists.

Her artistic process exploring corporal expression evolved into therapeutic photographic sessions, which has led her to formally study art therapy. She sees art as a medium to process and communicate the human experience as part of an integrated approach to health and human development.

Shawna es artista, fotógrafa, originaria de Canadá y con más de veinte años de experiencia en las artes creativas. En 2009 se mudó con su hijo a Ciudad de México donde fundó un centro artístico interdisciplinario y sin fines de lucro. Como directora artística, durante diez años, dedicó una gran parte de su tiempo al desarrollo de programas de arte para niños, jóvenes y nuevos artistas.

Su proceso artístico explorando la expresión corporal evolucionó hacia sesiones terapéuticas de fotografía que la han llevado a estudiar formalmente el denominado “arte terapia”. Su forma de ver el arte es como medio a través del cual procesamos y comunicamos la experiencia humana, como parte de un enfoque integrado de la salud y el desarrollo humano.

Kerri Strobl

Student Therapist

BFA Studio Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English and Français
Alberta, Canada (MST)

Currently accepting new clients

Kerri is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practise encompasses the visual and auditory. She has had the great fortune to travel and work on various artistic projects. In her journeys, she has met and collaborated with groups of diverse people on projects large and small. She works at a non-profit in Alberta as an Art Educator and creates programs and activities for kids, youth, and adults.

Kerri's inspirations come from nature, sound, spirituality, and community. She has a Diploma in Music Theatre from Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, a BFA majoring in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montreal and has also studied at École Nationale des Beaux-Arts à Lyon in France. She knows, without a doubt, that creativity has healing powers and that we are all artists. Kerri is also an avid gardener and has a magical garden of herbs. Kerri presently lives in Edmonton, Alberta and is bilingual in French and English.

Jessica Hartig

Student Therapist

Arts and Science Honors Bachelor of Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario, Canada (EST)

Currently accepting new clients

Jessica is a painter and sculptor with 10 years of experience teaching art to those who haven't known where to start. She is originally from the US but now lives in Toronto.

Jessica takes a non-traditional approach to art-making, and encourages expressing oneself through mediums that may not have been considered before. She believes that emotional release and relief does not come from the product; rather, it comes from the process.

Jessica has an academic background in mental health, sexual diversity, and equity, and takes a come-as-you-are approach to working with individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

Melissa Foong

Student Therapist

Bachelor of English Literature

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Vancouver, British Columbia

Currently accepting new clients

Melissa graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Law. Since that time, she has worked professionally as a creative writer while developing her artistic practice in painting and pottery. She was drawn to art therapy out of a deep desire to help those affected by mental health issues, working to reduce stigma while improving quality of life.

Melissa aims to create a safe and calming environment where you can feel at ease during your personal exploration in artistic expression.

Yoonjin Bott Park

Student Therapist

Master of Arts in English Literature

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English and Korean
Saskatchewan, Canada

Currently accepting new clients

Master of Arts in English Literature Yoonjin is part of a multicultural family. She was born and raised in South Korea and moved to Canada with her husband in 2010. She studied Margaret Laurence in graduate school and wrote a thesis titled “Trauma and Healing”. She worked for a local museum and gallery as a cultural programmer for 3 years and enjoyed the connection to the community with culture and art. She has also run her art group since 2017 and has witnessed and experienced healing in children and families. She is interested in working with families, children and youth. Compassion, resilience and connection are her goals for her art therapy process.

Tehani Burnett

Professional Art Therapist

Master in Social Work

CiiAT Clinical Diploma Graduate

Sessions in English
British Columbia, Canada (PST)

Currently not accepting new clients

Tehani has spent the last 17 years working with children, youth, and their families coping with serious mental health concerns or parenting challenges. She also works with couples and individuals. She has a lot of experience with anxiety, relationships, and a variety of other challenges.

Tehani has a relational and fairly straight-forward approach, integrating humour where possible. She has 2 cats and a passion for all the adventures life has to offer. She lives in the beautiful Coastal Pacific Northwest and has a great deal of sympathy for those coping with the weather in the rest of Canada 🙂

Hanna Bincik

Student Therapist

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
New Brunswick, Canada (ADT)

Currently accepting new clients

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 to 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.

Tammy Thomson

Student Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science Honours

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada (MDT)

Currently accepting new clients

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 the 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.

Lilach Schonberg

Student Therapist

Bachelor in Interior Design

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English and Hebrew

Art is my passion, my world of happiness. Making art is like going on an exciting adventure, meeting new culture, traditions, and people.

I graduated in 2010 with a BA in Interior Design from the College of Management in Israel. I have many years of experience supporting clients in fulfilling their dreams. I relocated twice in the last few years and recently moved to Toronto.

I believe in Expressive Art Therapy (arts movement, drawing, painting, music, sculpting) for growth and healing the soul, connecting body and mind, and working on mindfulness to find balance in life.
During this difficult period, it is time to light your candle, to light your life, discover your true inner self, and open your heart to others.

Cynthia Gardner

Student Therapist

Bachelor of Arts, York University, Journalism Diploma, Centennial College

CiiAT Clinical Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario, Canada (EST)

Currently accepting new clients

Making art has the potential to be a powerful healing and restorative experience.
No artistic experience or ‘talent’ is required – just a willingness to look inward and
create. Cynthia will guide you through accessible art activities that tap into your
own natural creativity and set you on a path to achieving your wellness goals.

Cynthia’s empathetic approach draws on her studies of psychotherapy, psychology
and life-long passion for art. Her art therapy studies follow a 20+ year career as an
award-winning communicator, writer, and strategist. Prior to that, she studied
literature and worked as a journalist.

She is a mother, wife, gardener and artist. While all art materials in her practice are
fair game, she does have two decades of education and experience working with
clay (wheel and hand-built pottery) and painting (watercolors and acrylics).  For
more than 10 years, Cynthia has volunteered with Destination Imagination, a global
non-profit organization for devoted to inspiring the next generation of innovators,
leaders, and creative problem-solvers.

Peggy Baker Freake

Student Therapist

Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Liberal Studies with Teacher Certification, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Diploma in Interior Decorating

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
New Brunswick, Canada (GMT-4)

Currently not accepting new clients

Peggy’s educational training and professional experience have equipped her to serve individuals and families facing challenging life transitions. These challenges include, but are not limited to, feelings of loneliness and anxiety due to isolation caused by COVID restrictions placed on individuals and families.

Peggy’s dual approach is compassionate and motivational. She looks forward to helping people find their voice of self-discovery, empowerment and healing through the use of art.

She is particularly interested in working with adults who may feel isolated or in life transitions. She is also interested in working with adoptive parents and individuals dealing with fibromyalgia or grief.

Rebecca Rowley

Student Therapist

BFA in Art

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Calgary, Canada (MDT)

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.”

Ashley Nelson

STUDENT THERAPIST

Bachelor in General Arts

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario, Canada (EST)

Currently not accepting new clients

Ashley's journey with art therapy started a year ago. She has always participated in the creative and performing arts, and has always had the desire to provide others with hospitality and guidance. As someone who is learning how to live with chronic pain, she has found that participating in any form of creative art-making can be a healing experience.

She is most interested in working with individuals that are called to the arts either to have fun, learn more about themselves, or take a break from their ordinary lives.

Regardless of how you're feeling, Ashley hopes to provide a safe, comfortable, and special space for you to come to. More than anything, she believes that every single person deserves to be heard, respected, and valued, and wants to give her clients a space to experience this.

Nicole Haywood

Student Therapist

Bachelor in Fine Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Calgary (Mohkínstsis), Alberta, Canada (MST)

Currently accepting new clients

Nicole is a student art therapist, fine artist and writer based in Calgary, Alberta who has always used the arts as a way to express her feelings and process difficult experiences.
Nicole graduated with a BFA in drawing from AUArts in 2017 and has since spent her time working, volunteering and taking undergraduate psychology courses to prepare for CIIAT's Art Therapy Program.
Nicole aspires to offer her clients authenticity, humour, and a warm down-to-earth approach where they know that wherever they find themselves in session - she will be right there with them to help facilitate their journey. For Nicole, art-making has become an integral spiritual and therapeutic practice that she believes has helped keep her alive through some of her most difficult times. She hopes to create a comfortable place for clients to reflect, honour, and play through the creative process.
You May Say:
"But I'm not a creative person! "
Nicole Says:
"I deeply believe that our creativity is inherent to being human and although it takes different forms it can be observed in every area of our lives.
It can be found in your navigation of difficult relationships, your time spent in the kitchen, your construction of that fence, the way you love your cat, your ingenuity at work, the metropolis you built in Minecraft... to name a few!
Where in your life might you have overlooked your innate ability to creatively adapt to the shifting world around you? "

I would like to acknowledge that I am on Treaty 7 territory and the traditional lands of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), comprising of the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, as well, the Tsuu t’ina, and the Îyârhe (Stoney) Nakoda (Wesley, Bears Paw and Chiniki) First Nations and the Metis Nation of Alberta (Region III).

Erin Gartner

Student Therapist

Bachelor in Fine Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada (MST)

Currently accepting new clients

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.

Carole Preston

Student Therapist

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Rural Development

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada MST

Currently not accepting new clients

Carole Preston creates space for people to explore their inner selves and process their lived experiences through art. In this time of disconnection, she invites you to reconnect and centre yourself through art exploration. The process and journey are important; art experience is not required, just an openness to explore a variety of artistic media.

Carole's background education is in psychology and rural development. She considers herself an 'art dabbler', finding what resonates, gives life, and provides peace. She has worked primarily with young adults and welcomes clients of all ages and identity. She is passionate about people, community, and how artistic endeavors and exploration can heal the self, aid in processing difficult life events, and help foster connection with community.

Marilyn Hahn

Professional Art Therapist

Master of Education

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Graduate

Sessions in English
British Columbia, Canada (PST)

Marilyn’s deep compassion for others is evident in her 20+ years of supporting children, teens, young adults, mothers, and wives. Join her in exploring your dreams, gifts, abilities, and goals. She can aid you in understanding parental and marital challenges, your grief journey, identity and self-worth issues, midlife concerns, or career challenges.

Cyndi Burgess

Student Therapist

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario (EST)

Currently not accepting new clients

Cyndi, a lifelong creator and artist, was living her dream of making and selling her art when at age 36 she received a breast cancer diagnosis. Along the road to recovery, she realized that making and sharing art was pivotal to her healing, so she enrolled at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy where she is currently a student of the Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Program. Cyndi has first-hand experience of what the power of creativity can do and she would like to share that with you.

She grew up in Canada and the United Kingdom before realizing she felt most at home in small town Ontario. She has come to appreciate how valuable virtual formats can be in staying connected with her family and friends across the globe and is looking forward to making that connection with you soon.

Hedaya AlDaleel

School Registrar

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Certified Therapeutic Arts Practitioner / Professional Art Therapist

Sessions in English and Arabic (عربى)
Ontario, Canada (EST)

Currently not accepting new clients

Hedaya graduated from the American University in Dubai with a BFA in Interior design. From 2013 to 2019, she worked as a holistic therapist with over 200 female clients. Art therapy combines her love of art and her desire to empower women on their journey in life, regardless of their age, race, or religion. She recently graduated as a Professional Art Therapist.

She is interested in exploring work with couples, refugees, immigrants, and women going through transitions in their life.

Before moving to Canada in 2016, she lived in four different countries. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, go on walks, and do weight training. Hedaya is a recovering perfectionist.

الفن لغة عالمية – بدون أي خبرة سابقة – أحجز أول جلسة للعلاج بالفن على الإنترنت

Nathalie Tremblay

Professional Art Therapist

Master in Microbiology

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Graduate

Sessions in English and French (Français)
Alberta, Canada (MDT)

Nathalie has a diverse academic background in art therapy, international development, theology, education, and biology.

Her goal is to help clients feel comfortable to explore challenges in a non-threatening way by drawing, painting, and playing. She believes that making art calms the body and mind. The more we create, the more we improve our creativity, and the more we develop solutions for our lives.

Mon objectif est d'offrir une relation d'aide ou le(la) client(e) sera confortable pour explorer les différents défis de la vie tout en pratiquant ludiquement certains arts comme le dessin, la peinture, ou autres. Je crois sincèrement qu'en faisant une activité artistique, le corps et l'esprit se calment. Le plus souvent nous pouvons créer artistiquement, plus nous augmentons notre créativité, plus nous devenons en mesure de développer des solutions dans nos vies.

Jennifer Ryper

Professional Art Therapist

Bachelor in Education

CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Graduate

Sessions in English and Dutch (Nederlands)
British Columbia, Canada (PST)

Jennifer has spent 14 years working specifically with at-risk children and adults supporting learning and helping them heal from the impacts of life adversaries. This included 7 years in a community modelled treatment centre, supporting those recovering from substance dependency. She is an LGBTQ community ally and was a school SOGI inclusion rep. She was also an aboriginal education educator and is reconciliation-focused.

Jennifer has used the creative arts in various forms of therapeutically and expressively with clients. In her spare time, Jennifer likes backpacking, spending time exploring and being in the bush, photography and the digital arts, painting, sculpting driftwood pieces, creating music, and working on her house.

Staff

Michelle Winkel

Michelle Winkel

Clinical Director

MA, ATR, MFT, REAT, RCAT

Registered Art Therapist in Canada and the USA.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

Michelle is a Registered Art Therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals. Michelle is the Clinical Director for the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Making art has always been her solace, passion and fascination from childhood onward. When her first career in architecture did not satisfy her creative and social needs, art therapy was a natural, perfect fit! Since then, she’s never looked back.

Cheryl-Ann Webster

Cheryl-Ann Webster

Executive Director

BA Honours, RCAT

Registered Canadian Art Therapist

Cheryl-Ann is the Executive Director, faculty member and student advisor at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She holds a BA Honours in Culture & Communications from Lancaster University. She is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and has been a Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers since 2008. She graduated as a Professional Art Therapist in 2018 after over 20 years of experience as a Therapeutic Artist and is now a Registered Canadian Art Therapist.

Having worked as both a Professional Speaker and a Professional Art Therapist, Cheryl-Ann blends her passion for learning, the creative arts, and her interest in human dynamics.

// Loads the Linker plugin ga('require', 'linker'); // Instructs the Linker plugin to automatically add linker parameters // to all links and forms pointing to the domain "destination.com". ga('linker:autoLink', ['ciiatarttherapy.janeapp.com'], false, true);