Expressive Arts Therapist

2009 Riverdale garden 12 x 9 Egg TemperaExpressive Arts Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that engages the client in a process of open-ended play using the arts interchangeably in order to reconnect with one’s self and with the world. The Expressive Arts Therapist uses kinetic, audial, visual and linguistic arts-based interventions to assist the client into, and out of, a liminal state of exploration. The arts provide an objective container for exploring personal issues.

Spontaneously building on what presents itself, each intervention suggests the next to create a structure. The method includes sensing, experiencing, reconstructing, validating and evaluating.

Expressive Arts Therapy offers options and choices when few appear to exist. The therapist and client/s pursue curiosity in order to find surprises in the arts. Through the process of expressing oneself creatively in the presence of another, or, in the case of a group, others, the arts can provide new insights to old problems. The arts offer alternate ways of being with people, bring to light otherwise hidden internal resources and help to bridge discomfort or isolation by building a sense of feeling more ones Self.


  • BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia)
  • MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Studies, McGill)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy (EAT) three year certification from ISIS Canada
  • 30 years an artist and community activist
  • Experience assisting diversity training groups for various municipal level organizations in the GTA
  • Experience facilitating team-building workshops for agency staff
  • Member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA); Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA Vice-President), Facilitate Arts Toronto, Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Guest lecturer on “Arts-Informed Research Methods” (Ryerson University and George Brown College) and the “Graphic Short Story Case-Study”
  • 2011 Conference participation: Ryerson University, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing Annual Research Day, “Bridging Isolation through Co-Creational Culture”, Oral presentation Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services, Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health, “Bridging Isolation through Co-Creational Culture”, poster session

Areas of expertise and experience:

Primarily a visual artist, Terri continues to develop her skills in all the arts. While she maintains a studio for her private practice, she has had the opportunity to work with clients living with mental health issues, clients living with long term complex chronic care issues and agency staff.

In compliance with OEATA professional development Terri has pursued additional training in the following areas: EAT Supervision training, Improvisational theatre, Ceramics, American Sign Language Level I, Yoga, Mindfulness Training, Voice work, Contact Improvisation, Creative Writing; graduate of the former Women’s Counselling Referral and Education Centre (WCREC) Anti-Oppression and Feminist Facilitator Training Program, 2011.

Engaging an anti-oppression framework, Terri has worked with clients on the following issues: Confidence, sexuality, relationships, trauma, depression, anxiety, isolation; identity, equity, intersecting, or compartmentalized worlds, age, class, image, physical/developmental/emotional ability. Rekindling connection with the Self through creativity is the backbone of her practice.

Clients served

All ages, all abilities, LGBTQSW, or curious, aware.


Accepting appointments Mondays, mornings or early evening only.


Individual therapy: $50 – $90/hr
Group therapy: $150 – $200/hr
Supervision: $50 – $90/hr
Workshop Facilitation: $375/3hr
Consultation: $75/hr
Guest lecture: $100/hr
Available to present at conferences
Available to work on, or facilitate, community arts projects

Location of practice:

Leslieville practice accessible by streetcar, free street parking available.