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I was raised by matriarchs: my maternal Nonna Ermida, my paternal grandma Olga, my mum Sonia, and my best friend Sabine.
I have walked many paths and have experienced issues that my clients may be experiencing as well. I live with and manage anxiety, depression, and ADHD. I have survived gender based domestic violence. I have experienced internalized homophobia, gender dysphoria, and body issues. These feelings caused me to feel detached from my body and I often used disassociation to cope. I am a survivor of suicide loss and am grieving the loss of someone in my immediate family. I stepped into my values and began to live the life I wanted to live when I acknowledged my nonbinary and queerness and moved into living life more authentically.
I fully believe that creativity is a basic human right and that when we have access to our creative selves, we are able to process some of the complex things we experience as humans that can't be put into words.
Things that give me life: being queer, being a cat mum, being an auntie to baby Jack, the Twilight saga, Studio Ghibli films, gardening barefoot with my mum, making art, snoozing in the sun, walks that lead to no particular destination, baking bread in the kitchen that was my Nonna's, learning and unlearning, cooking for people that I love.
fioritura is the Italian word for bloom
Photographer: M, student client
I am a neurodivergent, queer, non binary, and small-fat human that uses and celebrates lived experience to influence how I show up for my clients and the community.
I graduated first class with distinction with a BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Dialogue in Communications from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC.
I hold a post-baccalaureate Expressive Arts Therapy certification from Langara College in Vancouver, BC.
I am a certified End of Life Doula through Douglas College in Coquitlam, BC.
I have received extensive training in hospice and palliative volunteer training from Burnaby Hospice Society.
I am a mixed media visual artist that sometimes writes.
I am grounded in an expressive arts therapy intermodal approach. I fully utilize my background in visual arts and regularly experiment with art materials to better guide you in your exploration. I am particularly inspired by nature, and naturally occurring materials, so a session with me may include foraging for natural elements that you feel connected to. I draw on experiential and intuitive methods, I will work with you as witness, supporter, and facilitator. I work with you from a place of curiosity, wonder, and do not analyze your work.
I am influenced through an intersectional feminist, anti-oppressive, and queer understanding of the world.
Photographer: Calvin Gehlen
I am a member in good standing with the Ontario Expressive Art Therapy Association
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