Emma Ates
Emma JM. Ates

Certifications CP, AMM; training in ACT, CFT, DBT.

Emma is a registered psychotherapist (CRPO), a registered art therapist (CATA), and contemplative psychotherapist (Nalanda Institute), and contemplative creative psychotherapist (CCCS). Emma received her diploma from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is specialized and certified in contemplative psychotherapy (Nalanda Institute), applied mindfulness meditation (AMM), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with Adler. She also completed the Creative Institute’s Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate (Expressive Arts Therapy foundation course).

Emma is the founder of the Centre for Contemplative Creative Science (CCCS). She developed the Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) theoretical framework which is informed by the many forms of contemplative science and arts disciplines in traditional and modern Buddhism, and the latest research-based on contemplative science and contemplative arts, Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions.

She also serves as faculty and teaches courses on Mindfulness & Art Therapy at the School of Continuing Studies of UofT. Emma is trained in contemplative arts, in Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography, in Shambhala Art, and in Brushwork. She has trained in Ikebana, Etegami; and Sumi-E (brush painting).

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David Boudreau M.A., M.S.W. R.S.W.

David Boudreau (M.A., M.S.W. R.S.W.) is a Social Worker and Psychotherapist who has been practicing clinical social work with individuals, couples and families for over 30 years. His practice experience has spanned Children’s Mental Health, Employee Assistance Programs and private practice settings. He is proficient with in-person, telephonic and online counselling.

David has a Master’s of Social work degree and a Master’s of Arts degree in Sociology. His clinical training has been in family and couple therapies, cognitive-behavioural therapy, brief therapies, anti-oppressive practice, trauma-informed practice, online counselling, mindfulness-based psychotherapy
and compassion-focused practice, and expressive therapies.

David has developed and taught counselling and social justice curriculum over the past fourteen years at Sheridan College, the University of Windsor and TATI.

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Helene Burt DA, RCAT, ATR, RP

Helene Burt is the executive director of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She has been practicing art therapy for over 30 years and completed her Doctorate of Arts in Art Therapy at NYU in 1991. She was president of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) for 4 years from 2002-2006 and editor of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal for 11 years and is an Honorary Life Member of CATA. She published the book “Art Therapy and Postmodernism: Creative Healing Through a Prism” in 2012. She is dedicated to the expansion of art therapy in Canada and internationally and envisions a day when art therapists will be found in all health and mental health related agencies.

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Jacqueline Compton
Jacqueline Compton

Jacqueline(she/her) is an art and body-based therapist. She is a Registered Psychotherapist, RP and a Registered Art Therapist, RCAT, and is currently a student, completing her Sensorimotor Psychotherapy certification. Over the past 11 years, she has been developing a trauma-focused practice that uniquely incorporates art-based, body-based and talk-based therapy. Her approach is deeply rooted in art and creative psychotherapy, somatic therapies and neuroscience. Jacqueline works from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, feminist, trauma-informed approach and specializes in the healing of trauma and how it shows up in one's life.

Jacqueline has worked in the field of trauma and the Violence Against Women's Sector in Toronto for over 11years. She began her work in the Caribbean with women and children that had experienced violence. She worked for more than five years as an art therapist implementing and creating service delivery at the YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program for women who have experienced violence and abuse, as well as part of supporting program development. Jacquie has also worked for the past five years at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic that offers legal, interpretation, and counselling services to those that have experienced violence. She has worked in roles as Therapist/Advocate, Manager of counselling services, and as the Director of counselling services. In her roles, she has led and supported frontline staff, provided supervision and consultation to agencies and provided innovative programming development in trauma work as well as providing education on vicarious trauma and anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices. Jacquie has a deep passion for trauma and recovery and in her private practice works with clients that seek transformation and integration of their traumatic experiences into their lives. Jacquie believes that a trauma-informed approach is not just a frame of working collaboratively with teams and clients but is in fact, a way of being in relationship with others. Jacqueline identifies as a bi-racial black woman. She was born in Toronto but spent her formative years growing up on the island of St. Lucia. Jacquie has always had a deep passion and curiosity towards what makes us uniquely and ever so beautifully human.

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Claudia Corradetti, MA, RP, CCC

Claudia Corradetti is an Art Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist with almost ten years of experience working in the field of mental health. Claudia has practiced in a variety of settings, including trauma centres, child welfare, schools, addiction facilities, and correctional institutions. She has also lead workshops and psychoeducational groups in community, healthcare, and corporate settings on a range of topics including managing stress in the workplace, violence against women, and unleashing the power of creativity. After studying psychology and fine arts in university, she completed her Master’s in Art Therapy at Concordia University. She went on to pursue an advanced specialization in child and adolescent assessment and treatment at the Canadian Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (CICAPP). Currently, she practices in Mississauga in private practice ( and at a sexual assault centre.

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Ruth Danziger BA, D.CREATE, cert. Soul Voice Practitioner

Ruth is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Puppeteer and Storyteller. She has facilitated puppetry workshops and art exchanges in remote northern communities with Community Works, and helped to develop and deliver inter-generational creativity gatherings there. In addition to her private practice, she has worked as an expressive arts therapist at Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre using puppets as a therapeutic medium with children and teens, and also animated puppetry and storytelling at the hospital’s Spiral Garden. With The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Ruth has been involved for over 20 years, as executive and program director in Toronto, and a senior workshop leader, teaching across Canada. As a storyteller she facilitates workshops with elder and newcomer communities in Toronto and edited I Bring You a Story a book of multicultural stories, collected from Toronto community members. Ruth is happy to be on the faculty at TATI as well as at Storytelling Toronto. Her workshops and presentations have been popular at professional conferences including CATA, Play Therapy International and IEATA.

And yes, though many years have passed, Ruth was a puppeteer with CBC television. For those of you who watched Mr. Dress-up, Ruth’s alter-ego was the puppet Annie.

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Olena Darewych, PhD, RP, RCAT

Olena Darewych, PhD, RP, RCAT is a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, Adjunct Faculty at Adler University and Wilfrid Laurier University, and Lecturer at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI). She commenced her higher education journey at the University of Toronto where she earned a BSc in Zoology and Art History. She then ventured to California and completed an MA in Marital and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Art Therapy and then travelled to Boston to complete her PhD in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University. As a clinician, she has 18 years of experience working with individuals of all ages and from culturally diverse backgrounds in a variety of settings such as hospitals, child and family services, schools, and long term-care facilities in Australia, Canada, USA and Ukraine. She is a Past President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Her current art-based research investigates imagination in adults with autism using arts-based assessments.

Ninat Friedland, MA, RP, CCC

Ninat Friedland received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a double major in psychology, from Toronto’s York University. She went on to graduate with a Master of Arts in art therapy at Concordia University in Montreal. There, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of domains, including geriatrics, addictions, and community work with the homeless. Her master’s research on attachment and narrative approaches to working with substance-abusing women sparked her passion for conducting research in art therapy. Since then, Ninat has worked primarily in research in perinatal and family mental health, in two major hospitals in Montreal. Ninat is delighted to be joining the Toronto Art Therapy Institute’s faculty this year for TATI’s inaugural distance learning program.

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Sharlene Friedman, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Sharlene Friedman has been in independent practice since 1989. She works as an Art Therapist as well as with energy work in the form of Jin Shin Jyutsu® (a Japanese art of harmony and balance). Since 2007 Sharlene has been on faculty with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute as the Group Art Therapist.

In the past twenty-six years, in conjunction with private practice, she has worked with numerous agencies including women’s shelters, The Rape Crisis Centre of Peel Dufferin County, the Peel Collaborative and the Barbara Schlifer Clinic in Toronto, where her work focused on working with trauma, recovery and personal growth. From 1996 Sharlene was instrumental in creating and co-facilitating an open group for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and trauma. She is the co-author of the manual, Weaving Our Voices-An open group for women who have survived Childhood Sexual Abuse and trauma- Group Leaders Manual, and was responsible for training agencies in Peel, Guelph and Toronto in this model.

Sharlene facilitated an open art therapy group for women called “Creating Connections” at the Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto from 1995 to 2011. She also organizes workshops in Process Work and Jin Shin Jyutsu® and teaches Self Help in Jin Shin Jyutsu®.
Sharlene is available for consultations, facilitation, supervision and teaching.

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Petrea Hansen-Adamidis, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Petrea Hansen-Adamidis is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario. Petrea has worked in the field of art therapy since 1994 at various agencies with children and adults. For the past 16 years she has worked with children and their families at a children’s community mental health center, Petrea serves individual and parent child dyads, specializing in trauma assessments and treatment. Petrea is also a psychotherapy supervisor and art therapy student field supervisor. She teaches the History and Development of the Profession of Art Therapy as well as Child and Adolescent Development and Art Therapy at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Petrea practices in Toronto in private practice ( and runs expressive arts workshops for health and wellbeing with an emphasis on self-care in her private practice.

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Naomi Kates B.Design., DTATI

Naomi Kates graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. With a graduate level Diploma in Art Therapy, Naomi’s work and interests range from puppet craft, painting and sculpting, her own puppet shows that are works-in-progress, and adult and children’s art workshops. Naomi is teaching a course in Mask and Art therapy at the Toronto Art therapy Institute and presently works in the community with senior adults and children as an art therapist with a particular focus on empowerment and disability.

Shelley Kavanagh, BA, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Shelley Kavanagh has presented her work as an art therapist most recently at the 2014 IVAT conference held in California as well as alongside internationally known author and trauma expert, John Briere. In addition to her current private practice and previous teaching at Humber College and co-facilitation of DBT skills group at CAMH, Shelley is employed at Radius Child and Youth Services’ SAFE-T Program (Sexual Abuse Family Education and Treatment Program). Here she provides assessment and treatment to children and youth who have experienced sexual abuse, children with sexual behaviour problems and youth who have committed sexual offences. Additionally, Shelley continues to spend over 20 years providing expressive arts to students aged 14-21 within the Toronto District School Board and is also a consultant to Youth Connections in Oshawa.

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Rakshanda Khan
Rakshanda Khan

Rakshanda Khan graduated as an Art Therapist in the midst of a global pandemic. Since then she has been co-facilitating gestalt therapy and art therapy based support groups at YWCA Toronto, teaching part-time at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, and offering online art therapy workshops as part of Songbird Art Therapy Collective. Rakshanda has experience facilitating individual and group art therapy with children, youth and adults at hospices, shelters, hospitals, community centres and non-profit agencies in the Greater Toronto Area. As a South Asian immigrant to Canada, she also has experience with person-centred counselling in Pakistan. A combination of lived experience, training in art therapy, humanistic integrative counseling and peer support fuel Rakshanda's approach to meeting individuals where they are at, as well as her commitment to mental health advocacy. Rakshanda also has a particular interest in graphic medicine, comics in therapy, digital and online creative processes, as well as traditional arts and crafts practices to guide healing. She is the recipient of the Canadian Art Therapy Association Student Research Grant, 2020.

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Patricia Ki
Patricia Ki RSW, RCAT

Patricia Ki is a graduate of TATI (2011), and a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Program at York University, Toronto. She is also a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA), and a registered social worker with a master of social work degree from York University. She has been working in mental health services since 2010, including supportive housing, violence against women shelters, substance use treatment programs, mental health support centres, drop-ins, and community health centres. Over the years she has primarily worked alongside and learned from people who have experienced violence and various forms of oppression and social marginalization. She strives to work toward a feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and disability justice approach, and uses narrative, expressive arts, and body-based awareness practices. Her work at TATI includes practicum supervision/coordination, online clinic management, course instruction (Practicum Preparation), and thesis/major project advisement. She volunteers as the communications director at CATA and enjoys collaborating with creative arts therapists and students to build community. Her research interest focuses on a feminist and disability ethics of care in response to violence.

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Erin Kuri, MA, CCC, OATR

Erin completed an undergraduate degree with honours in Psychology and Visual Art from York University in 2003. In 2007 she graduated with a master’s degree in Creative Art Therapies (Art Therapy option) from Concordia University. Since this time, she has been working as an Art Therapist in various roles and settings such as child welfare, rape crisis centre, women’s shelter, and children’s mental health. In 2012 Erin completed a post-master’s diploma in Social Service Administration from the University of Toronto, while working in the position of Manager of Counselling Services within a rape crisis centre. Erin has held the positions of president of the Creative Arts in Counselling chapter of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and Chair of Public Relations for the board of the Ontario Art Therapy Association. Erin is currently a member of the Health Sciences Research and Ethics Board for the University of Toronto. Erin is a certified member of the Canadian Counselling Association, a Registered member of the Ontario Art Therapy Association, and a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, knitting, reading, cooking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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Anu Lala, B.Sc., DTATI, RCAT, RP

Anu Lala has been working as an Art Therapist in Toronto for the past 20 years. She has worked with a variety of populations in an array of Community based Social Service Organizations. After completing her thesis on Art therapy and Mental Illness at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health she initially she began working in Psychiatric research at Mount Sinai hospital where she developed at group for women with Crohns Disease. While working in the hospital she also began developing and conducting groups for women and children in shelter settings.

She spent a few years working at Redwood Shelter doing groups with women and children fleeing abuse. This work further led her to work with children through the Toronto Board of Education dealing with emotional or behavioural issues.

In 2004, she had an opportunity to conduct art therapy internationally at a school in India with children affected by polio. However the majority of her work for past 17 years has been doing individual and group, Psychotherapy and Art Therapy with immigrant and refugee women of colour at a community health centre in Toronto.

While working in the field for many years she has developed a specialization and expertise in the area of women, cultural issues and oppression. This accumulation of knowledge and experience has provided her with the material used to author a chapter in recently published book titled: “Art Therapy and Postmodernism: Creating Healing Through a Prism”.

Presently she has been enjoying spending her time with her partner and 2 young children. She continues to practice Art Therapy and use her skills to create new and diverse paths into the future.

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Ruth Luginbuehl, MD, DTATI

Ruth Luginbuehl graduated from TATI in 2004 and won the Martin Fischer award for best thesis that year. In 2005 she established and is since teaching the course of Medical Art Therapy at TATI. She is delighted to be on the TATI distance learning faculty to teach this course. Ruth is a medical art therapist practicing in Toronto, Ontario. As a fully trained pediatrician her expertise covers physical illness and its psychological impact, with a main interest in palliative and bereavement care and fertility medicine. Ruth is also a professional artist working in her private studio, where she is teaching expressive arts to small groups.

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Claudia Mandler McKnight, BA, MA, BEd, DTATI, RCAT, RP

Claudia is a visual artist, art educator and art therapist. She is a 2001 graduate of TATI and a registered art therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. Claudia is in private practice in Barrie, Ontario. Her clients range in age from 4 to 87.

Contract work has extended to many support agencies in the community. For over 15 years Claudia has facilitated the art therapy and expressive art programmes of Candlelighters Simcoe, a support group for families of children with cancer. She has also worked with the MacLaren Art Centre, Children’s Aid, United Way, Gilda’s Club, Hospice Simcoe, Wellspring at Matthew’s House, Children and Youth Services and Studio Bliss in Barrie.

As an educator, Claudia has been a Visual Arts teacher for grades 1 – OAC in public, separate and independent schools in York Region and Simcoe County. As a Curriculum Consultant for the York Region Board of Education, she wrote and implemented Visual Arts guidelines for elementary and secondary school students, and advised teachers on site in their classrooms. She has been a frequent recipient of “Artist in Education” and “Artist in the Community” project grants through the Ontario Arts Council.

Claudia has also been the instructional leader of courses and/or workshops for southern Ontario art galleries, museums, colleges, universities, leadership centres, art education conferences and school boards.

For the past seven years Claudia has taught Colour and Design one day a week at Georgian College. Last fall, she completed her Vinyasa Yoga teacher training, in accordance with the Canadian Yoga Alliance and International Yoga Federation. She is a core member of the Gallery 111 artists collective, and the Earthdrum intuitive drumming group in Barrie. Claudia’s passion is expressive landscape, and how it reflects the presence of place.

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Beth Merriam, MA, ATR-BC, RP, CCC

Beth Merriam began practicing Art Therapy in 1993. She has a Fine Arts Degree and a Masters degree in Art Therapy. She is a Registered Member of the Ontario Art Therapy Association, a Board Certified member of the American Art Therapy Association and a Certified Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has worked with diverse populations in correctional and forensic settings, medical clinics and hospitals, including several years at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, working extensively with adolescents and adults with mental illness and concurrent disorders. Currently she has a private practice, serving adults with anxiety and mood disorders.

Beth has extensive experience as a clinical supervisor, academic instructor and thesis advisor. She has been an assistant professor at Concordia University and currently teaches and supervises graduate students at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.

Cynthia Morin
Cynthia Morin

Later in life, Cynthia went back to school to study art, and was struck by how it enlivened her and provided insight into herself. This led her to T.A.T.I. and her passion for public practice art therapy; free community art studios, using the Art Hive model developed by Dr. Janis Timm-Bottos of Concordia University. Cynthia is passionate about the therapeutic potential of creativity in community and her mission is to spread the enlivening seeds of creativity and the experience of creating art in community with others. Cynthia believes that these free, community art making spaces should be in every community and that through them, individuals and communities can heal and thrive.

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April Penny, BFA, BED, DTATI, RCAT, RP

April Penny is a Registered Art Therapist with degrees in Fine Arts and Education from Queens University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She has been practicing art therapy since 2005 and provides art therapy services in long-term care settings in Brampton and Toronto, specializing in geriatrics and aging young adults in LTC with complex needs. April has facilitated community themed arts-based initiatives within these settings to promote resident creativity and bring visibility to the value of therapeutic art projects for these populations, and has helped develop the first permanent LTC art studio within Peel Region Homes. As a Registered Art Therapist, she is also developing her role as supervisor for students and colleagues. April is teaching a course on art therapy with older adults at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. April believes that art therapy can help to eliminate barriers of physical limitations by providing an assisted means for individuals to create their own personal artwork and make their own creative statement.

Ella Rogalska, DTATI, Dip.TCPP, RP

Ella Rogalska is an Art Therapist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist practicing in Toronto and Oshawa. Ella has over 15 years experience working with children in psychodynamic play and art therapy and with adults in psychodynamic therapy, in a variety of settings including schools, child welfare agencies, hospitals, and private clinics. Her work focuses on developmental and learning disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, attachment disorder, domestic violence and child abuse, separation and loss. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and a board member of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapists. Currently she is working towards certification in Infant Mental Health Studies.

Suzanne Thomson, BA, DTATI, RCAT

Suzanne Thomson is a registered art therapist who has been practicing art therapy over 25 years using a variety of expressive arts modalities to facilitate the full expression of people’s multistoried lives. She provides clinical consultation to schools, hospitals and community based agencies, facilitates therapy groups, conducts training in art therapy practices and designs treatment tools and curriculums. Committed to creating enriching experiences that inform and transform lives, Suzanne integrates the arts, therapy and community activism with the hopes that people can access their strengths, capacity for growth and experience their contributions to the broader community.

She has written about women survivors of violence for several publications.

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Sonya V. Thursby, DTATI, RP

Wanting to combine her design background with art making, mental health and healing, Sonya completed her graduate diploma at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute (TATI). Her thesis used study participants’ voices and their artwork along with scientific measurements in a mixed method study to examine the impact of art therapy interventions in reducing anxiety and increasing hope in newcomer women; she was awarded the Martin J. Fischer Award for Best Thesis.

As a professional art therapist and registered psychotherapist (RP), she brings personal and professional experience to her connections with folks living with diverse life stories. Sonya provides art therapy and psychotherapy services in private practice and belongs to a community practice where she provides low-cost art therapy and counselling services to individuals facing barriers to mental health. As a faculty member of TATI, she teaches a course on practicing art therapy with individuals living with eating disorders. She facilitates art therapy groups at a support centre for anyone affected by eating disorders and also facilitates art-based workshops in community, education and healthcare settings on a range of topics.

When she isn’t practicing, Sonya enjoys reading international fiction, making art, travelling, exploring natural landscapes, sitting still and learning from her two children.


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Lenore Walker, BRE, MRE, DTATI

Lenore Walker brings her experience in education and spiritual formation from her degree work in Religious Education and Theology and former pastoral ministry to her multi-faith practice as an Art Therapist. She assists those challenged with anxiety and depression, bereavement, and addiction to find the tools within the creative sensibility on the path toward reparative and restorative transformation. She has been practicing Art Therapy since 2013 providing Art Therapy in addiction treatment settings, hospices, long-term care facilities, churches and in private practice. Lenore has long been impressed by the life and work of Carl G. Jung, his regard for the psyche, imagery and appreciation for the hidden wholeness of the client in the therapeutic encounter. She is teaching the Introduction to Jungian Psychology and Art Therapy course at TATI. A practicing professional artist and art educator, Lenore has had opportunities to collaborate with Niagara area school boards seeking to utilize creative modalities to address the anxiety, depression and bullying that children and youth are facing more often within the daily learning environment. Lenore also provides counsel for those who have found themselves disenfranchised from their religious or faith traditions, collaborating with them in the utilization of symbols, dreams/visions and archetypes to gain understanding through the integration of creativity and contemplation in lectio divina, visio divina and Art Therapy. Lenore believes that images are miracles of the present moment that provide profound wisdom for meaningful daily living with self, others and the wider world. Published in SLMM’s Visual Journeys: Art of the 21st Century book, Lenore is also a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator.

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