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.

Laura McGlynn

Student Therapist

BC, Canada (PST)

Laura is currently a student of CiiAT’s two-year Art Psychotherapy program, residing in Vancouver, BC. Her past experiences, which help her on this journey, including her Arts Management degree, courses in Fine Arts practice, Photography, Psychology, CBT, Arts industry work experience, and undoubtedly her counseling throughout the years.

The prospect of becoming a professional Art Therapist has always been like an excellent second pair of shoes walking in parallel for Laura throughout her life, like an adjacent career path that she was aware of and very intrigued by. Since arriving in Canada in 2016 from Ireland, she has been excelling rapidly in the fast-paced and highly demanding competitive film industry. However, while somewhat creatively engaging, working in the film industry was not providing Laura with the satisfaction she longed for in being able to use her talents to help make real positive change for others.

Just a few weeks before the rest of the world went into its first Covid19 lockdown at the start of 2020; Laura was also thrown into a lockdown of her own, a physical lockdown. This was tough to undergo rehabilitation treatments in a rapidly changing, strange new world. However, in hindsight, the changes brought about by this traumatic road accident that struck Laura’s life were a blessing in disguise... she was given the time and space to ask herself some difficult questions, to connect honestly with what really makes her happy, and to re-engage with her creative self.

Laura considers herself very lucky to have always had a best friend in art. It has been her sanctuary, catharsis, healer, revealer, and transformer. Her personal experience with invisible battles and her understanding of the capacity to overcome these struggles with the aid of professional help further strengthens her aspirations to be able to give back. Contributing her creative mind to this field is a natural progression for Laura, and she believes she will be a great fit. Her path has been anything but a straight line. It has been a tapestry of creative pursuits laced with the bravery it takes to be humbled by new experiences and challenges. She is sure all of which will help her bring a professional well-rounded skill set and multifaceted perspective to this role. Laura is excited to learn how best to use her natural and learned talents to help others free their imaginations, rediscover the art of play, and work through their obstacles.

Laura Kellar

Student Therapist

Sessions in English and Français
Ontario, Canada (EST)

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 from 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.

Chandra Kraus

Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student B. Sc., Biology
BC, Canada (PST)

Chandra is grateful to live on and work in 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, and 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 self-expression and insight.

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

Cynthia Gardner

Post Graduate Student Therapist

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

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario, Canada (EST)

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.

Cyndi Burgess

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario (EST)

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.

Melissa Foong

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Bachelor of English Literature

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Vancouver, British Columbia (PST)

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.

Rebecca Rowley

Post Graduate Student Therapist

BFA in Art

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy 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.”

Deviyanee Chattoo-Kodai

Student Therapist

BFA with specialization in Printmaking
Sessions in English, French, Hindi, Creole
Ontario, Canada (EST)

Deviyanee Devi Chattoo-Kodai is from the eastern part of the City of Ottawa, in a town known as Orléans. She is originally from the tropical island, Mauritius situated in the center part of the Indian Ocean. She possesses a BA with Honors in Fine Arts 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 helping students, parents and her colleagues. Having chosen Art Psychotherapy as her prospective field of work, her goal is now aimed at being an art psychotherapist 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. 

She is herself a person who is happily married to a man whose life was changed suddenly due to the effect of painful traumatic events. By witnessing his behaviour, she has developed a keenness in helping him surmount his pain and sorrow daily. Thus, in the role of an Art Psychotherapist, she strongly reckons that her ability to assist and support others who have undergone similar, more 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 as someone who also values being a teacher, she feels that the blending of both 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 endeavour by healing individuals who have experienced significant incidents of impactful origins in their lives.

Jessica Webster

Student Therapist

Bachelor of Social Work
Sessions in English
McIvers, Newfoundland (GMT)

Originally from Mount Moriah, NL, Jessica graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 with a Bachelor of Social Work. Upon graduation, Jessica returned to the Bay of Islands and has been working as a Registered Social Worker in the field of mental health and addictions counselling ever since. With over a decade of experience working with individuals with mental health and addictions in both individual, families and group environments, Jessica is a proud indigenous woman and member of the Eastern Door Feather Carriers and incorporates traditional Mi’kmaq approaches in her practice where appropriate. She enjoys spending her time engaged in nature, hiking, snowshoeing, off-roading and snowmobiling. Jessica discovered the power of healing through art during the pandemic and is excited to begin her journey as an art therapist in training.

Kelsey Dykstra

Student Therapist

Ontario, Canada (EST)

Kelsey is a young artist, continuing a personal practice in ceramics and many 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 from school to gain life experience. However, as her passion for the therapeutic arts grew, she decided 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 art practice and interest in psychology. Kelsey’s art practice and her time as a student art therapist have a robust feminist approach, understanding her own lived experiences and using what she has learned when applicable. Kelsey's desire to pursue art therapy expanded throughout her learning journey to speak of what is most difficult. She strives to give space to anyone and everyone to discover and explore this additional visual language.

Nicole Haywood

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Bachelor in Fine Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

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

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

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Bachelor in Fine Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada (MST)

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.

Rebecca Dunford

Student Therapist

BC, Canada (PST)

My name is Rebecca Dunford, and I am a student art therapist at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. I have an undergrad in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I have a year of experience as a practicum student helping facilitate a group art therapy program. For the past four years, I have been a registered behavioral therapist (RBT) practicing behavioral intervention therapy with children on the autism spectrum. I am also a self-taught artist, I mainly work with paints, but I also have a newfound love for eco-based art-making, which I often incorporate into my art therapy.

Charlotte Schneider

Student Therapist

Mental Health: Aboriginal Connections
Sessions in English
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta (Currently MST; PDT after February 2022)

Charlotte is a student art therapist, and fine artist based in Surrey, British Columbia. Graduating from Grant MacEwan University in 2009, with a Diploma in Mental Health. Charlotte worked in the human services field for 5 years, spanning her experience in age demographics and therapeutic practice. She’s worked with adolescents to seniors and has exposure in the fields of autism, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Charlotte continues to practice her traditional creative process in oil painting; and through this expression, advocates on how creative expressions provide insight opportunities in exploration and identification into one’s underlying causations within their behaviours and perspectives. Furthermore, she believes the innate emotional therapy comes from the “process-making”; and not from the end product results.

Further into her Art Therapy profession, Charlotte will be enrolling in external courses/readings outside of the CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Program, that focuses primarily on trauma-informed therapy; in hopes to have an additional future specialization for her clientele demographic.

Charlotte’s primary approach comes from both an attachment and solutions-focused modality; and aspires to meet her clients with compassion, empathy and authenticity; thus, ensuring to hold space to meet her client’s where they’re at presently in order to facilitate their healing journey.

Jessica Hartig

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Arts and Science Honors Bachelor of Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Ontario, Canada (EST)

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.

Tammy Thomson

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science Honours

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada (MDT)

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.

Liala Halawa

Student Therapist

Ontario, Canada (EST)

Liala is an Art Psychotherapy Diploma student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She 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 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 that art therapy is an effective treatment modality 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.

Anjanadevi-Badrindath

Student Therapist

Masters in Special Education and Inclusion
Sessions in English, Kannada, Telegu
Bengaluru, India (IST)

Anjanadevi has an MA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion from the University of Northampton, UK. With more than 15 years of teaching children across the US and India in various centers, she has created a unique identity in art-based teaching solutions. She has authored several papers and a book for children on colours.

Anjanadevi is also a self-taught artist. Her paintings are intuitive and talk about colours at play. Her mantra is:  “Art is everywhere, and through art one rises above apprehensions and restrictions, resulting in understanding of organic flow of ones’ own thoughts. Art is that sacred space where one is set free to enjoy his/her true self unaffected by the mundane world”.

She believes that art speaks a bundle when you have no words to express, and she is passionate about working with women and children in a safe space to enable self-expression.

Carole Preston

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Rural Development

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
Alberta, Canada MST

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.

Peggy Baker Freake

Post Graduate 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 Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

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

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.

Hanna Bincik

Post Graduate Student Therapist

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English
New Brunswick, Canada (ADT)

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.

Kerri Strobl

Post Graduate Student Therapist

BFA Studio Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

Sessions in English and Français
Alberta, Canada (MST)

Kerri is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice 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.

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Hedaya AlDaleel

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)

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.

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Tehani Burnett

Tehani Burnett

VATC Site Supervisor

MSW, RCSW

Professional Art Therapist,
Master in Social Work

British Columbia, Canada (PST)

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. Currently, Tehani is working at CiiAT teaching TAMPs and site supervising at the VATC.

Tehani has a relational and fairly straightforward 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 🙂

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.

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