Staff & Therapists

Therapists-in-Training

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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.

Tina Tam

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Social Services Worker Certificate, Bachelor of Business Administration with Psychology Minor
Sessions in English
Lekwungen Territory (Victoria, BC), Canada (PST)

Tina is a Canadian-born Chinese daughter of immigrants from South China and Hong Kong. Tina’s family journey in Canada began in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, and she grew up mostly in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her professional work in finance and human rights education has taken her all over the world. She has spent over 20 years in the social services field focused on child and family violence prevention, child and youth-friendly community development, and advocacy in child rights, human rights, and anti-racism. Tina is now a mother of two children and lives on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people with her family. She is in her final year of the graduate art therapy program and is also a practicum student at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. She is currently working at a BC mental health policy advocacy organization. Art making has been a part of Tina’s life since childhood, and art therapy has been so important to her own healing and self-care journey. She recognizes the need for more access to mental health supports for racialized communities and is striving to contribute to decolonizing, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and trauma-informed practices.

Teresa Wilcox

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Arts
London, ON EDT

Teresa Wilcox's background in early childhood development, education, and family relationships has readied her to support children and parents on their healing journey. Through play and artistic exploration, she will discover your strengths, abilities, and art-making's healing power. She has varied professional and life experiences as an early childhood educator, a business entrepreneur, and a mother of two. Teresa is a graduate of Sociology from The University of Western Ontario, a registered Early Childhood Educator, and a graduate of Fine Art. This abundance of experience has enriched her identity and grown her abilities to co-create positive outcomes with those around her. Teresa will guide you through your journey of challenges to uncover your strengths. Teresa is inspired in her journey as an art psychotherapist student gaining more tools to assist others on their healing adventures. She appreciates being creative through painting and sharing her vision through the lens of a camera. Teresa's goal is to create a safe and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable during your time exploring artistic expression.

Eryn Shannon Kollecker

Graduate Student Art Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Calgary, AB, MST

Eryn is a registered nurse with over 18 years experience in labour and delivery. She is also currently a practicum student with the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Eryn has a passion for working in women’s mental health at all ages and stages of life.

Currently, she’s working on her art-based thesis, where she wants to help women conquer their anxieties and fears around delivery and bridge the gap between pre-labour and postpartum depression/anxiety.

“It’s important to have realistic expectations going into the labour room and taking the time to process the reality of what happened when you are on the other side. Art is a beautiful way to heal and mend the soul.” ESK

Eryn is in good standing with a student membership in the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Canadian Counseling Psychotherapy Association. As well as the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta.

Karen Robins

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, CERT Holistic Chef, Master of Arts in Creative Media, Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Anthropology
Sessions in English
Montreal, QC, Canada (EST)

I have always found a strong sense of purpose in helping others and making art. I couldn’t imagine a better way of supporting people in their healing than through a process of creative expression.

Over the past fifteen years, my studies, artistic practice and professional life have been motivated by a desire to understand the human condition. What I have learned is that creativity is an innate and fundamental aspect of the self and one of the most powerful inner resources we have to restore balance to our mental, emotional and physical well-being.

Before I had an understanding of the influence that different art materials and processes have on the brain, I couldn’t fully appreciate the role creativity played in my health or how to make the most of its benefits. That is why I value an evidence-based approach to art therapy that is grounded in neuroscience and prioritizes psychoeducation as an essential part of the therapeutic experience. My hope is to provide my clients with a warm and relaxed environment where creative play enables greater self-awareness for empowered self-care.
I look forward to working together towards your therapeutic goals in a style that is in tune with your personal comfort, interests and needs.

 

Richard Melo

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Sessions in English
Barrie, ON, Canada (EST)

Richard is a student art therapist currently residing in Ontario, Canada. He has received an advanced diploma with honours from the Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada. With his artistic background, Richard uses art as an integral part of daily life and is now studying under the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy in order to spread the wonderful magic of art-making in a therapeutic, creative environment. Richard can usually be found painting away in his studio or researching theories and concepts to add to his eclectic creative practice. While Richards's main focus was painting in school, he has come to love all art processes.

Richard views art as a magical door that helps open us up to new worlds, new experiences, and new ways of self-discovery.

Patricia Savoure

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Sciences in Commerce
Sessions in English, Tagalog
London, United Kingdom (GMT)
Patricia Savoure
I have always been passionate about the healing power of the arts, whether through painting, drawing, handicrafts, dance, theatre, movement, or writing. Making things (or even just marks on paper) has given me comfort, strength and inspiration through deeply stressful and painful experiences. The support I have felt from art is a gift I am honoured to introduce to others. Everyone has something of value to share, from their unique experiences and perspectives. No previous art exposure is needed, only a willingness to play with different materials, explore how you feel, and express what you wish. Through art making, we can safely and gently process experiences and challenges, uncover strengths, and create and work towards goals together. I am a self-taught visual artist and advertising practitioner with 20+ years of experience in various countries. In my corporate life, I mentored young college graduates and worked with stressed office employees. I have also been a volunteer and certified yoga teacher with organizations helping domestic workers and sex workers. Now based in London in the United Kingdom, I am an art psychotherapy student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. I am looking forward to accompanying you on your personal art discovery journey.

Stephanie Kilby

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology
Cayman Islands (GMT-5)

Stephanie Kilby is an art therapy student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She is Canadian, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Algoma University and now lives in the Cayman Islands, where her maternal family originates. She has extensive professional experience providing crisis intervention, stress reduction services, wellness workshops, and human resource management. With compassion and empathy, she provides a safe and non-judgmental space in which the client can explore their thoughts, feelings, and needs, assisting them to gain insight into themselves, and facilitating their healing journey through the creative process. Although she does not consider herself an artist, she loves being creative and finds activities such as journaling, decorating, and crafting to be therapeutic, meditative, and healing. Her philosophy is that we are all a work of art, in progress, and the healing journey, although sometimes difficult, can also be playful, without pressure, and filled with love.

Sarah Keating

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Science, Honours Neuroscience
Halifax, Canada (AST)

Sarah Keating graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Neuroscience and a certificate in Disability Management. Sarah was ‘late’ to embrace art in her life - it wasn’t until she sought Art Therapy in her own healing journey that she recognized the importance of this work and wanted to share it with others. With no formal training in fine arts, Sarah will be the first to tell you that creativity is for everybody, no matter their experience and/or abilities. With a background in group home and respite work, Sarah has experience working with diverse populations, including neurodiverse folks and clients with intellectual disabilities. She embraces a person-centred approach and works to meet clients where they are in ways that are meaningful and effective for them.

Sabrina Louie

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education
Sessions in English
Montreal, QC (EDT)

Sabrina Louie is an art therapy student in the Art Psychotherapy Diploma program with CiiAT. She has previously completed an Art Education major with a minor in Psychology, at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently resides. Through her experience in an art education program, she has experience working with various populations. It is also through these experiences that she has witnessed the evolution and transformations of individuals who discover new ways in which to express themselves creatively. Thus, beginning her journey to become an art therapist and satisfying her need to create and express creatively, and to help others express themselves as well. Sabrina’s past experiences have been mostly arts-based and promote an exploration of art-making and creative expression that is authentic and genuine to one’s self.

Penny Hope

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology
Peterborough, Canada (EST)

Penny Hope is a graduate student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She comes to the program with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, training in various therapeutic approaches, and experience as a psycho-educational consultant. Penny is currently in a private practice where she works with clients of all ages who are looking for support to function and grow in an increasingly complicated and busy world. She has experience working with people who are processing trauma, loss, relationship challenges, anxiety, depression, life balance issues, and family dynamics. Penny believes that her role as a therapist is to allow clients to be in charge of their own journey toward wellness while ensuring that they have the needed support and a safe space in which they can do their work. Penny has always been a lover and creator of art. She has dabbled in painting, sculpture, textile work and the use of recycled materials. She is married, has two adult children, and enjoys the vibrant arts community that exists in Peterborough, Ontario, where she has embraced tiny house living and a love of dogs.

Man-Hsuan Chen

Post graduate student therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Lighting Design; Master of Arts, in Design for Social Impact
Sessions in English, Mandarin
Taiwan (UTC+8)

Man-Hsuan Chen is a student art therapist based in Taiwan. She has a fine arts background and has worked as a lighting designer for 7+ years in performance art across the globe. Although her career was very fulfilling and her enthusiasm for lighting remains, she felt a need to give more directly to others. As a result, she has shifted her career to pursue her true calling as an art therapist. Man specializes in helping the under-represented or the less privileged members of society. Before becoming a student therapist she studied social design in Paris, France, and held an arts program for Afghan refugees and the homeless in Paris. This experience cemented her desire to become an art therapist.

Man welcomes her clients into a safe, accepting, therapeutic space where they are free to express themselves. They can expect open-mindedness, compassion and an unyielding will to help. When she isn’t working on her craft as an Art Therapist, or as a Project Ordinator in an NGO, Man enjoys her days with two lovely little dachshunds called Kyumo and Cabbage.

Charlotte Schneider

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, 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.

Chandra Kraus

Graduate Student Art Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Science in 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.

Nicole Haywood

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor in Fine Arts

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student

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

Nicole Haywood is a student art therapist, fine artist and poet based in Calgary, Alberta.

Early in her life, Nicole learned to use art making as a tool to express the hidden parts of herself and to process her difficult experiences. 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.
After completing her Bachelors in Fine Art, Nicole was excited to pursue her certification in art therapy so she could help others also use creativity to aid in their healing journey.

Nicole aspires to offer her clients authenticity, humour, and a warm person-centred, down-to-earth approach. She hopes to create a comfortable space for clients to reflect, reveal, honour, and play within the creative process.

You May Say:
"But I'm not a creative person! "

Nicole Would Respond:
"I deeply believe creativity is inherent to being human. If we look closely it can observed in every area of our lives!
For example, it can be found in your navigation of difficult relationships, the way you organize your playlists, the magic you create in the kitchen, in your summer projects out in the yard, the way you love your family, the new systems you implemented at work, the metropolis you built in Minecraft, or even in the artful way you have been postponing that important task!

Where in your life might you have overlooked your innate ability to creatively adapt to the shifting world around and inside of you?"

Deanna Gallo

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Minor in Psychology
Sessions in English
Toronto, Canada (EST)

Open Studio Group Facilitator - Not accepting individual clients at this time.

Deanna is a student art therapist, studying at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT). She graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (BFA), as well as a minor in Psychology. While in university, she discovered her two passions could be merged together, and has been excited to begin this journey of studying and practicing art therapy ever since. Deanna has a background in childcare and her compassionate and empathetic character has always led her passion to lie in helping others. Deanna has found the process of art-making to be not only a creative outlet but an emotional outlet as well, and wants to share this with others who may also benefit and find comfort in the healing powers of art and art therapy. Deanna aims to provide a warm and safe environment to help individuals explore creative self-expression and reflection.

Thanh-Mai Tran

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor Of Science & Psychology
Sessions in English, Vietnamese
Vietnam (UTC+7)

I am Thanh Mai Tran. People usually call me Mai. I am from Vietnam. I graduated with a master's degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. Recently, I have been a student art therapist at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Expressing via visual arts, especially abstract painting and drawing, is one way I mainly use to take care of myself. I am not an artist, so I do not mind if my end product is technically perfect. Instead, I concentrate more on the process of creating the artwork, where my feelings are expressed and embraced. During my years working in the educational and social work sectors, I have also integrated visual arts into my classes and community projects. Looking at my students and the participants, who enjoyed the art-making process, made me realize that it is not only for myself but also for others to engage, connect and support themselves regardless of age. Therefore, with a great passion for art and people’s development, mental health and well-being, I would like to integrate the power of art into psychological support for individuals in diverse communities. Practicing as a student art therapist, I would like to offer an art process-making with diverse materials/media where people feel comfortable and safe enough to explore and express themselves.

Barb Pierce

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, CD, BEng, MBA, PCC
Carp, Canada (EST)

Barb Pierce, CD, BEng, MBA, PCC

Barb is interested in working with couples. Please email [email protected] to express your interest in this service.

Barb Pierce is a graduate student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She comes to the program with Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Executive Coach (CEC) designations, as well as extensive experience working in wellness organizations as a coach, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and family peer supporter. She has led numerous coaching workshops and yoga retreats around the world.

An avid artist, Barb's favourite mediums are watercolour, soft pastels, coloured pencils, and ceramics. She is a lifelong learner and is always willing to try something new.

Having overcome many of her own personal challenges, she believes that no matter what has happened, everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their lives. Barb integrates a flexible blend of somatic (body-oriented) and solution-focused therapy while allowing the client to be in charge of their own healing journey.

Ummul-Kiram Patrawala

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, BBA
English, Hindi, Gujarati
Mississauga, Canada (EST)

Ummul-Kiram Patrawala is a mom to 3 boys and a former marketing executive, who was born in India and immigrated to Canada when she was 18. Ummul-kiram's passion to serve was born from her own challenges she faced as a mother of young kids, managing a career and household and not knowing how to take care of herself.

For the past 7 years, she has been practicing in pelvic health rehabilitation by coaching women to come into the driver's seat of their healing journey, using a blend of somatic trauma therapy, mindfulness, yin yoga and meditation approaches. Weaving in art therapy allows her to bring playfulness into the healing journey, and she personally enjoys creating using oil pastels, chalk, clay, and materials found in nature. Ceremonies and rituals are how she weaves in the medicine of art in her daily life.

She hopes to make art therapy and psychotherapy more accessible to women from her own lineages (East Indian and/or Muslim faith). She offers sessions in English, Hindi and Gujarati). She works from an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens.

Rebecca Donnelly

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Port Perry, Canada (EST)

Rebecca Donnelly is a student in the Art Psychotherapy Diploma Program at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been working as a Registered Nurse and nursing educator for almost fifteen years. She has worked with clients across the lifespan and has supported those struggling with mental health, addictions, grief, trauma, and loss. She draws upon this knowledge while moving into the realm of artistic expression as a means to healing.

Rebecca does not consider herself an artist but has always been drawn toward artistic means of expression, including visual arts and music. Within a safe and non-judgmental space, her caring and empathetic approach creates an environment for creative expression and healing.

Boxuan Wei

Post Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Master of Education, MSc Major in Entertainment and Media Management
Sessions in English and Mandarin
Windsor, ON, Canada (EST)

Boxuan is presently pursuing an Art Psychotherapy Diploma at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy (CiiAT), leveraging a diverse academic background that shows his profound commitment to the field. He possesses a postgraduate diploma in applied psychology from China, a Master of Education from the University of Windsor, Canada, and an MSc major in Entertainment and Media Management from Marseille, France. With a multicultural and multilingual background, Boxuan offers therapy in both Mandarin and English, fostering an inclusive and accessible therapeutic space for individuals from various cultural backgrounds. In addition to his academic pursuits, Boxuan is also working closely with individuals experiencing developmental and intellectual disabilities in the Windsor community. His dedication to helping people achieve a good and quality life is evident in his hands-on contribution within the community. This commitment underscores Boxuan's belief in the transformative power of community engagement and inclusive practices. Passionate about cultivating impactful therapeutic connections, Boxuan specializes in working with individuals who share a similar cultural background. His dedication extends to those who resonate with this shared cultural identity, fostering a space for profound and meaningful therapeutic experiences. Additionally, he aspires to provide affirming and empathetic therapy to the LGBTQ+ community, enhancing his cultural competence to address their unique challenges. Drawing on over five years of professional experience in campus settings and an MEd degree, Boxuan adeptly navigates developmental challenges for individuals in various life stages, employing personalized therapeutic approaches.

Yuli Chen Sasaki

Graduate Student Art Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Interior Design
Sessions in English
Taipei, Taiwan (CST)

Yuli is currently studying to become an art therapist at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. She decided to take this career path because it has been her life mission to use creativity to help others. She graduated from Algonquin College, Ottawa with a Bachelor of Interior Design. She has worked in Tokyo at an art installation firm, and learned how to create comfortable and joyful physical spaces for people. She also worked part-time teaching English conversation to adults and art to children. As a teacher, she had the privilege of working with age groups ranging from 4 to 70 years old. This is where she found her strength for holding safe learning environments to help her students grow. Growing up as a second generation Asian Canadian, Yuli experienced the cross-cultural challenges living in Canada, Taiwan, and Japan. Art has been a tool for her to navigate and understand how her environment makes her feel. It helped shape her identity and gave her a safe platform to express her true thoughts. This sparked her love for art therapy. Yuli looks forward to providing creative guidance to clients, making a welcoming, safe space where they can explore, grow, and express themselves authentically.

Gabrielle Lanthier

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Arts
Sessions in English
Toronto, ON, Canada (EST)

Open Studio Group Facilitator - Not accepting individual clients at this time.

Gabrielle Lanthier is a student art therapist in the Art Psychotherapy diploma program at CiiAT. She graduated from the Visual and Critical Studies program at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, where she currently resides. During her undergraduate program, she engaged in an array of art practices and mediums, and studied art making practices from around the world. Her engagement with art-making has played an important role in her own healing journey. She believes that healing happens in community, and her experience facilitating trauma-informed peer support group programs allowed her to witness the healing power of co-creating safe spaces with others. Gabrielle welcomes you to connect with your inner artist and offers a compassionate, non-judgmental, and playful space for self-discovery.

McKayla Stewart

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Sessions in English
Edmonton, AB, Canada (MST)

McKayla Stewart is a diploma student at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Growing up in a family affected by mental illness inspired her interest in helping others who struggle with mental health. She has experience working with diverse individuals through homecare, tutoring, and as support staff in acute inpatient mental health and residential addiction treatment settings. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta, she was unsure of which career path to choose. When she discovered the field of Art Therapy, everything clicked. McKayla strongly believes in the healing power of creative expression and has always found joy in a variety of artistic endeavours such as drawing, painting, embroidery, and mask-making. She aims for a gentle, client-centered, collaborative approach and always appreciates the opportunity to work with and learn from new people.

Aiman Ali

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Public Health
Sessions in English
Toronto, ON, Canada (EST)

Open Studio Group Facilitator - Not accepting individual clients at this time.

Aiman holds a Bachelor of Public Health from Brock University, where her interest in mental health began. Aiman's undergrad projects and her role at a non-profit following her degree, all of which aimed to support individuals experiencing caregiving, serious illness, dying, and death, inspired her toward her true passion: mental health and grief. Aiman currently resides in Toronto, Ontario, but was raised in the province of British Columbia amidst all the nature it has to offer. She had a nature-filled and exploratory upbringing, including endless opportunities to explore the arts and express herself through music (instruments, singing, dancing), drama (through theatre), and visual art which not only had the most in-depth exploration and impact, but is something that she has carried on throughout her life. Aiman's journey of healing through art therapy, her professional experiences, her volunteerism with organizations which support young people (i.e. mentorship, children's hospice, grief support groups, etc), and her personal journey of caregiving and grieving, have collectively led her here: to aim towards becoming an Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. She feels privileged to have been raised in a culturally diverse environment in Canada and is motivated to support individuals with cultural humility at the forefront. Aiman strives to provide individuals with a safe space to land and express' through a compassionate, person-centered approach. Further into her career, Aiman aims to specialize in youth grief through therapeutic art.

Hannah Guo

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student
Sessions in English
Richmond, BC, Canada (PST)

 

Drawing from a blend of narrative therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, phenomenological, and trauma-informed approaches, Hannah, a student art psychotherapist, brings a holistic healing perspective to her practice. Complementing her studies, she holds certifications as an Adult Mental Health First Aider in both Canada and the United States, as well as a Youth Mental Health First Aider in the U.S. Actively engaged as a mental health ambassador and Mandarin hotline responder at Mental Health Mutual-aid Hub Canada, Hannah is dedicated to supporting diverse communities. With six years of experience in the mental health field and ongoing practicum work at Richmond Mental Health, she has honed her skills in providing compassionate care. During her undergraduate years at the University of British Columbia, she participated in a pre-medical volunteer program in Ecuador, an experience that sparked her interest in the health field. Immersing herself in diverse experiences, Hannah spent eight months on the Big Island of Hawaii with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), monitoring volcanoes and building geodatabases. This immersion in nature fostered her creativity and intuition, leading her to venture into the art therapy field. Passionate about various forms of expression, including drawing, painting, singing, dancing, running, yoga, forest bathing, hiking, skiing, and bird watching, Hannah sees herself as a fellow traveller accompanying her clients on their journeys toward recovery.

Miream Rabba

Graduate Student Therapist

CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Student, Bachelor of Environmental Studies
Victoria, Canada (PST)

Miream Rabba

Before studying art therapy at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy, Miream spent over 20 years working with corporate, NGO and government clients to improve services for people in challenging and vulnerable life situations. She has experience working with people of all ages in many different life situations (out-of-home care, transitioning to independence, parents, low-income, experiencing a shortage of affordable housing) with a diverse range of abilities, physical, neurological and mental health conditions and levels of digital and English literacy in both Australia and Canada. As a practicum student at the Art Wellness Studio & Clinic, Eric Martin Pavilion, Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC she helps co-facilitate a safe and inclusive environment for artistic expression. Her Bachelor of Arts degree focused on Environmental Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. She is part of local weaving, writing and creative groups. She has experienced first-hand the transformative potential of art therapy. She is originally from Toronto, ON, spent 13 years in Sydney, Australia, and now calls Victoria, BC home. Please feel free to connect at your convenience.

Staff

Amber Channell

Amber Channell

Clinical Manager

RCAT
Drumheller, AB, Canada (MT)

Amber Channell is a Registered Art Therapist with 20+ years of experience working in various settings, including a women’s shelter, a group home, a hospital and a private practice. Most of her art therapy experience has been within a school division, where she had the opportunity to work with over 700 children and adolescents through individual sessions, art therapy groups and classroom presentations. Most recently, she took on the role of Clinical Manager of a private practice, providing supervision and professional development to practicing therapists. She has never strayed from her passion for art therapy and is now thrilled to be a part of CiiAT, where she can pass on her experience to new art therapy students and therapeutic arts practitioners.

Hanna Bincik

Assistant VATC Site Supervisor

Professional Art Therapist (CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma), Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

CiiAT Assistant VATC Site Supervisor

Sessions in English
New Brunswick, Canada (ADT)

Hanna Bincik is a recent graduate of the CiiAT Art Psychotherapy Diploma Program. 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 through her master’s in clinical psychology informs her person-centered approach to art therapy and her desire to make mental health support services more accessible. As a student, she was grateful for the opportunity to work with clients in the VATC and is excited to support other students as they complete their practicums in her role as Assistant Site Supervisor.

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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