Natasha is an Expressive Arts Therapist and arts facilitator. She believes that creative expression is fundamental to who we are as human beings and that the artistic process can serve as a powerful vehicle for accessing self-knowledge and body wisdom.
Her role as a therapist is to help you express yourself freely and authentically, build resiliency, and identify life narrative. She places validation, empathy, and self directed goal making at the centre of the therapeutic relationship.
Natasha strives to provide a warm, playful, and collaborative approach to the arts which focuses on exploration of the present moment and connecting to art materials in new and interesting ways, rather than a finished product.
She also incorporates her training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based approaches to create sessions and workshops which are both transformative and engaging.
Natasha is deeply passionate about art as a platform for social justice and is currently working as a community arts facilitator with street involved folks in Toronto. She has also worked in a diverse range of communities using the expressive arts; including Toronto General Hospital, YWCA, Access Alliance Multicultural Centre, Sojourn Refugee House and more.
She is a professional member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals and the Ontario Expressive Arts Association in Canada.
Professional Affiliations and Membership
Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMGP #5902-S)
Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA #120)
(c) Master in Art Therapy minor Psychology from the European Graduate School
Graduate Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy, Create Institute
Hon. BA Specialist in Fine Art History, University of Toronto
Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery, Dr. Vimalasara Mason John, chair of the Vancouver Buddhist Centre.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 1 Certificate, Sick Kids Centre for Mental Health.
Narrative Therapy Certificate, Sick Kids Centre for Mental Health.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy Certificate , Sick Kids Centre for Mental Health.
Safe and Effective Use of the Self in Psychotherapy, RP Sandra Finckleman.
Mindfulness and Acceptance with Families and Children, Sick Kids Centre for Mental Health.
Refugees and Trauma Resources, Webinar with Crisis and Trauma Institute.
Some of the Institutions I have experience with:
YMCA Breakthrough Program
Toronto General Hospital, In patient eating disorder unit
Access Alliance Multicultural Health
Loft Community Services
Geneva Centre for Autism
National Youth Arts Week
Children's Peace Parade