Rapinder Kaur Registered Art Therapist Registered Psychotherapist
Rapinder Kaur is particularly drawn to the concept of individual empowerment and how this process can lead to collective change. A Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist, activist and facilitator, she is fascinated with the idea of using art to disrupt traditional thinking and imagining new possibilities for engaging in the world. Her journey in the mental health field began at a very young age, when she would relish listening to her caregivers talk about the intricacies of the mind, its incredible power and during this time learnt ways in which she could understand her own mind. Her curiosity for the inner workings of the mind and her love for art and creativity led her on an interesting journey, during which she studied psychology, history of ideas and then Art Therapy. She graduated from Kingston University in England and the Toronto Art Therapy Institute in Toronto Canada. Rapinder strongly believes that art has the potential to change lives and often in profound ways. When words are not enough, people can turn to images and symbols to tell their story and in telling their stories through art, they can find a path to health and wellness, emotional reparation, recovery, and ultimately, transformation.
Sally Chung Art Therapist
Sally believes that art and creativity is a powerful language that can be used to empower, discover one’s own strengths, enable healing and cultivate a deeper sense of community. Growing up, Sally spent most of her time immersing herself in the arts as it was a language that she used to understand the world around her. Her love for art naturally brought her to specialize in Fine Arts at OCADU, where she soon realized her deeply rooted passion to help others use art as a form of language and healing. Sally completed her graduate program at Toronto Art Therapy Institute where she wrote her Master’s level thesis, that focused on decreasing the stigma of mental health within individuals impacted by poverty and homelessness. Her passion for people and helping others has led her to provide individual and group art therapy to diverse populations, including children facing difficulty appropriately expressing their emotions, children and adults on the Autism Spectrum or presenting with developmental delays, adolescents experiencing mental health challenges, and marginalized street youth. Sally works from a client-centered approach as she believes that the client is the expert in their journey to greater understanding of themselves. She believes that herself and the creative process are there to support and facilitate a safe space, where the client can be their true self and recognize their already existing strengths and abilities. Sally works out of our Orangeville office.
Liyan (ChrisB) Liu Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist
Liyan speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. She holds a Master of Science degree in Art Psychotherapy from Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, United Kingdom). She is a registered Art Psychotherapist in the UK, a registered member of the College of Psychotherapists in Ontario and she has professional membership with the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
Liyan has over 7 years of experience working with children, youth and immigrants. She specializes in working with the immigrant populations experiencing anxiety, addiction, depression and behavioral issues. She has professional experience in providing individual and group art therapy sessions in a variety of settings including long term care facility, charity organizations, churches, schools and out-patient hospital units. Moreover, she also worked internationally to host art therapy workshops in China and South Africa. Liyan’s philosophy of practice is to provide a nonjudgmental, safe and private environment for clients to bring forth positive change and reach a holistic wellbeing through the lively process of engagement with art materials. Liyan runs the Art Therapy program at Peel Manor Long Term Care home in Brampton.
Jane Kwon Art Therapist
Jane is a story-teller at heart with a strong belief that art can provide what words cannot, both as a window to a person’s struggles and as a road to healing oneself. Jane studied animation at Rhode Island School of Design and pursued studying art therapy at Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Her passion for creative expression and helping others has led to a career in Art Therapy. Jane has experience working with children who have faced challenges such as grief and loss, disruptive home environments, autism, and have difficulty with regulating emotions, socializing and transitioning between home and school environment, and also has experience working with adults who struggle with addictions and homelessness. Working with children and their families by journeying together through their struggles, is what Jane loves most about her job. Jane works out of our Milton office.
Maya Shahid Art Therapist (thesis pending)
Maya utilizes an eclectic approach in her work using a wide range of different art materials for free expression. She is continuously amazed at how the process of art making evokes experiences that come up to the surface in order to be acknowledged, processed and released. Her acute sense of curiosity leaves her continuously seeking strategies to promote the wellbeing of her clients. Maya has experience providing individual and group art therapy in various facilities, including: schools, long-term care, remand correctional facilities, group homes, and community spaces. Maya Shahid has studied Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She speaks English, Pushto, and Urdu and works out of Milton location.
Sandra Rojo Executive and Administrative assistant
Sandra holds a Masters in Human Resources. Her main professional experience has been in the administrative area, she was part of the Human Resources team at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita Mexico, her activities included coordinated the training / learning area in the Hotel. She co-founded one of the first offices that provides Human Resources & Accounting services in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (still operates in that city). Sandra was part of the first group of people in Puerto Vallarta to get a national certification that allowed her to provide training courses with official recognition from The Ministry of Labour and Social in Mexico. She also has a life coaching certification and a degree in Psychology. She is very passionate with all that involves administration task and always is willing to help others.