RP, 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 essence. The Expressive Arts Therapist uses arts-based interventions to support clients in realizing more of their rich inner resources. The arts provide a safe container for exploring personal issues.

The method is client-centred, experiential, phenomenological and includes sensing, experiencing, reconstructing, validating and evaluating.

Expressive Arts Therapy offers options and choices when few appear to exist. The therapist and client follow their curiosity together in an effort to find surprises in the arts. Through the process of expressing oneself creatively in the presence of another the arts can provide new insights to old problems. The arts offer alternate ways of being with people, bridging disconnection with self through the abiding presence of the other.


  • Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
  • Compassionate Inquiry Approach (CI Practitioner, Dr. Gabor Maté Approach)
  • Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM, Laurence Heller & Brad Hammer)
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP, Diana Fosha)
  • Sex Therapy Certificate (UGuelph, Dr. Markie Twist)
  • Somatic Attachment Therapy (SAT, Maureen Gallagher, Scott Lyon, Kai Cheng Thom)
  • Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR facilitation with Valerie Mason-John)
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency Training, Cycle 1 and 2, OFIFC
  • ConCurrent Disorders (CD) certificate, CAMH
  • Intersectional Anti-Oppression and Feminist Facilitator Training Program,Women’s Counselling Referral and Education Centre (WCREC)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy (ExAT) three year certification from CREATE
  • BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia)
  • MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Studies, McGill)
  • 40 years an artist and community activist
  • Anti-Oppression and diversity training at municipal level
  • Experience facilitating team-building workshops for agency staff
  • Member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA); Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA, 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: ExAT Supervision training, Improvisational theatre, Ceramics, American Sign Language Level I, Yoga, Mindfulness Training, Voice work, Contact Improvisation, Creative Writing.

Engaging an arts-based  intersectional abolitionist feminist 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 authenticity and aliveness is the backbone of her practice.

Clients served

All ages, all abilities, LGBTTQQ2SPIASW+.


Accepting new clients


Individual therapy: $100 – $150/hr (Sliding scale)
Individual and Dyadic Supervision: $70 – $150/hr

Location of practice:

Leslieville practice accessible by streetcar, free street parking available.
info@terriroberton.ca • 416 452 7594