FACULTY & STAFF
Cheryl-Ann is the Executive Director, faculty member, and student advisor at CiiAT. Under her leadership, CiiAT has built significantly on its existing online footprint. She has devoted her time centralizing the learning experience to be an inclusive, accessible, e-learning environment, which is as close to an in-person classroom experience as one can manage online. She works closely with prospective students exploring the different programs available at CiiAT.
Cheryl-Ann 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 has over 20 years of experience as a therapeutic artist and is a Registered Canadian Art Therapist.
She is the artist and creator of the family-friendly Beautiful Women Project, an exhibit of 120 life-sized clay sculptures of real women from ages 19-91. The exhibit aims to promote body confidence and raise awareness on the impact of body-shaming. It has been deemed a “revelation of truth” and has been showcased to over 70,000 people through exhibits and 400 speaking events.
Cheryl-Ann blends her passion for learning, creative arts, and her interest in human dynamics to provide a deep learning experience for students, effective one-on-one art therapy sessions in her private practice, and group sessions for her audiences. She believes art saved her life. “Art is the voice of our soul: at times it sings, at times it screams, but it always needs to be heard.”
For more information about Cheryl-Ann’s work, please visit her website: www.cherylannwebster.com
Michelle Winkel, MA, MFT, ATR, REAT
CiiAT Clinical and Academic Director
Michelle Winkel is an art therapist, trained facilitator, and supervisor with twenty years of experience working directly with groups, families, and individuals.
Since 1999, Michelle has used art therapy with businesses and organizations in group settings. Michelle has taught art therapy at Loyola Marymount University, IPATT in Bangkok, BCSAT in British Columbia, and has served as the Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy. As a supervisor at a local school agency in California for five years, she co-designed and implemented a reflective practice program that worked with the Child Protective Agency and other agencies in the area to improve supervision, performance, and morale of front-line staff.
Michelle’s credentials include a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California and Registered Art Therapist in North America as well as Registered Canadian Art Therapist. From 2004-2005, she held a fellowship in Infant-Parent Mental Health from Harvard Children’s Hospital. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.
MA, ATR, RCAT
CiiAT Founding Director
Lucille is a published Registered Art Therapist in both Canada and the U.S. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from Concordia University. She is the past Executive Director of the B.C. School of Art Therapy and is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and L’Association des arts-thérapeutes du Québec.
With over 50 years of experience working with children and parents in therapy, Lucille conducts specialized training workshops across the world.
Hedaya graduated from the American University in Dubai with a BFA in Interior design. She has always been drawn to creative thinking and problem solving.
While working as an interior designer, she saw many of her clients struggling emotionally and mentally. This, along with her innate interest in the human mind, led her to the discovery of a new path in life. From 2013 – 2019, she worked as a holistic therapist with over 200 female clients and is currently completing her diploma in Clinical Art Therapy. Finding art therapy was finding her calling: a path that combined her love of art and her desire to empower women on their journey in life, regardless of their age, race, or religion. She is interested in exploring work with couples, refugees, immigrants, and women going through transitions in their life.
Before moving to Canada in 2016, she lived in four different countries. When she isn’t working, she loves to read, go on walks , and do weight training. Hedaya is a recovering perfectionist.
Prior to life at CiiAT, Melissa Yue worked as an ESL instructor for six years in various ESL schools in Canada, including one that she co-founded. She has a BA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Victoria and has always had a passion for learning about other cultures and connecting people through their similarities.
Melissa joined CiiAT because she has always had a deep interest in art, teaching, and the human experience. She wants to help CiiAT reach its full potential as a school. As an introvert at heart, she’s enamoured with the idea of art therapy being an alternative to conventional talk therapy.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys writing, cooking meals large enough to feed a family of 8, and trying to prevent her dog from eating lost mittens.
Jay Ko grew up loving art and always knew that he wanted it to be a part of his life. He has a background in marketing and editing children’s cartoons, but after spending five years working in advertising, he knew he needed to move on.
Jay has always wanted to be part of an art community that has meaning and a purpose in helping others. He joined the CiiAT team because he strongly believes in the company mission and the services that they offer. He understands the many benefits that therapy can bring to a person’s life and wants to be a part of eliminating the stigma around therapy.
Jacqueline is a graduate of Adler University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and Georgian College with a post-graduate diploma in Addiction Treatment and Prevention. She worked for several years as an addictions counselor at a few inpatient treatment centers on Vancouver Island, as well as an EAP Counselor while living in Edmonton, Alberta.
She has always had a deep love for the creative arts and strongly believes in the healing capacities of the creative process, and is presently completing her diploma in Clinical Art Therapy. A self proclaimed intuitive artist, she nurtures her own artistic practice as a means of self-care. When Jacqueline isn’t busy taking care of her little one, she enjoys long walks at the beach with her dog, family hikes, and exploring new recipes in her kitchen.
Mehdi Naimi, MA, RCAT
Mehdi Naimi graduated from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2001. He then went on to establish a private practice and work as a therapist for the government of British Columbia for 15 years. In that period of time, he trained in sand play therapy and body-based approaches. He received a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2010.
Mehdi was always interested in the arts in his childhood and youth, and both by choice and circumstance, he studied fine arts in his early twenties. Later on, he realized his strong urge to help people through art in the same way art had helped him in his personal struggles.
Frances Bryant-Scott, MSW, DipATh, BCATR
Frances (Franny) Bryant-Scott is a compassionate and playful Canadian artist, Art Therapist, and arts-based interfaith spiritual director and coach living on the island of Crete in Greece.
After completing a BA in Comparative Religions, she graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 1989. Feeling scraped raw by the work, she soon left to follow more artistic and manual pursuits such as weaving, costume making, and furniture arts. It wasn’t until decades later that she understood what had been missing from the work (in addition to a lack of trauma-informed theory and brain science) was the grounding and healing element of art – both for herself as a practitioner and her clients.
Franny re-entered the therapeutic field a decade ago through bereavement work at Victoria Hospice and has a special interest in deepening the conversation about death in our death-phobic culture. Ever since she created objects and rituals of remembrance for wild birds and family pets as a small child, she has intuitively grasped the transformative power of art to help us hold both the beauty and suffering in our lives. She studied Art Therapy at the BC School of Art Therapy, graduating in 2012, and served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the BC Art Therapy Association in the positions of Student Representative, Secretary, Vice President, and President.
Creativity and spirituality now inform every aspect of her work whether it’s her sculptural felt and hand-built clay art, or running workshops on using art as a spiritual practice, facilitating conversations about death, or working one on one with clients who want to attend to their deepest truth.
Chantelle Smith, MA, RCC, RCAT
Chantelle Smith is passionate about art, learning and mentoring. She completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and her Post Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from the B.C. School of Art Therapy concurrently in 2011.
Chantelle’s focus has always been working with and supporting children, youth and families, and from 2011 – 2019, she worked as a Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Clinician with the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD). In 2019, she became a CYMH Policy Consultant with MCFD, and is now using her experience and knowledge of working with children, youth and families as a clinician to help inform and develop relevant policies to support clinical practice.
Since 2016, Chantelle has also been a volunteer with Inspire Health, creating and delivering art therapy workshops for patients impacted by cancer.
Sarah Bradley, BA, DipATh, MA, BCATR, RCC
After completing high school, Sarah Bradley attended art college. She didn’t aspire to be a “successful artist” but was fascinated by the ‘person behind the painting’ and the way less conscious material became evident through art. After arriving in Victoria in the late 70’s, she discovered Kay Collis’ Art Therapy Department at the Victoria Mental Health Centre. She trained as an art therapist with Kay and went on to participate in the BC School of Art Therapy for many years.
For the past 2 decades, Sarah has utilised art therapy every day as she works with children, youth, and families who have experienced abuse or relationship violence. She has also completed extensive training in the use of somatic approaches to therapy. Visual art is her raison d’etre and she also loves music and dance.
Nicola Shaw, PG Clinical Art Therapy, PGCE Art and Design, BA Photography
For the past 20 years, Nicola Shaw has had a desire to have a career within the field of art therapy. After gaining a BA in Photography and then teaching art and photography for twelve years in high school settings, the calling to qualify as an art therapist rung loudly once again. She believes that teaching is fantastic and it is also aligns to rubric and assessment models of performance and achievement.
As an art therapist, Nicola values journeying alongside her clients in individual or group settings, and watching the transition and transformation in seeing clients ultimately help themselves through gaining clarity and confidence. Her recent research and dedication is within the new and evolving field of eco-art psychotherapy.
Patricia Williams, SW, Dip. ATh., MA, RCAT
Patricia obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in 2016 and graduated as an art therapist from the B.C. School of Art Therapy in 2011. She became a registered social worker in 2002, trained as a play therapist with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy and completed a Certificate in Visual Arts in 2007. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Patricia has worked in a variety of national and international settings with diverse populations over the past twenty years. She has provided services within the school system, in private and community agencies, and in her private practice, Heartwork Integrated Art Therapy Services. She has a special interest in attachment and the inherent suitability of art therapy for treating attachment-based issues. Patricia is a qualified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). She received her training directly from Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, the developers of MSC, and is interested in how mindfulness and self-compassion can be integrated into the art therapy process.
Patricia presented at the Canadian Art Therapy Conference in 2016 on the topic of cultivating compassion for the earth. She identifies as a Metis woman and her work as a contemporary fused glass artist also reflects her deep love of the natural world, which is a central value of her cultural heritage. Her many interests include conflict resolution, play therapy, children and divorce, suicide intervention, neurobiology, and eating disorders.
Tehani Burnett, MSW, RCSW, BT
Tehani Burnett is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and has worked for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Technology in Aviation Flight in 2001, and a Master of Social Work in 2004. In 2020, she graduated from the CiiAT Clinical Art Therapy Diploma Program and is currently working towards registration as an art therapist. She loves working with a variety of clients. While she has considerable experience with children and youth, her emerging focus is on relationships, attachment, vulnerability, emotional safety, and trauma.
Tehani was born in Jamaica and raised in Ontario. She has two cats and is a lifelong artist. Things really took off for her in the art department in 2014, when she began to learn to paint intuitively from people like Jesse Reno, Flora Bowley, and Kelley Rae Roberts.
Valerie Behiery, PhD
Valerie Behiery is a Canadian artist, writer, museum educator, academic and soon-to-be art therapist whose life has been completely devoted to the arts and to their making, teaching, and study. As a young painter who exhibited in Canada and France, she experienced firsthand the profound therapeutic power of art making and its capacity to reveal and heal conscious and unconscious issues, explaining why she enjoyed teaching art and is now fully committed to the therapeutic arts.
Having finished her course work for her Post-Masters diploma in art therapy, Valerie is dedicated to helping others heal themselves through art and the self-exploration, discovery and understanding it provides. Convinced of the power of the arts to encourage positive social change, Valerie has also been devoted, in the last twenty years, to bringing visibility to underrepresented artists, mostly from the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Her writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals, reference works, art catalogues, and freelance publications like Visual Arts News, Tribe, Nafas, esse or Vogue Arabia. A global nomad, Valerie has taught at universities in Canada, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia where she is currently an assistant professor teaching, among other things, the history of architecture, French, and medical ethics.
Haley is a Registered Art Therapist in Canada who completed her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapies with a Specialization in Art Therapy at Concordia University. She currently facilitates individual and group art therapy and coordinates the Arts in Medicine Program at the Cross Cancer Institute. She previously worked at the Jewish General Hospital in in Montreal, at Sea to Sky Community Services in British Columbia, and at the Baylor-Botswana Children’s Clinical Centre of of Excellence and Stepping Stones International in Botswana. She has worked with diverse individuals, including children who have been sexually abused, at-risk youth, children with HIV, the homeless population, and older adults. Her art therapy work is informed by multicultural dynamics and trauma-informed practice.
Haley is the President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA) and is a big supporter of CATA’s vision: to bring together art therapists to raise standards and advance the profession.
Yara Pyrozhok graduated from the Medical University in Ukraine and worked as a Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist. During this time, she gained considerable experience consulting with patients, including kids. After her own children were born, she obtained a second degree in the field of pedagogy and combined both her backgrounds by working at a daycare centre as a psychoeducator. Her duties included behavior analysis, early intervention, and psychotherapeutic treatment.
Later, Yara moved with her family to Canada. She worked in a daycare with kids with special needs, including those on the autism spectrum, and as a teacher assistant in an elementary school. She has had great opportunities to combine the advantages of both European and American teaching styles. She has also obtained her certificate as an Early Childhood, Infant Toddler and Special Needs Educator in British Columbia, Canada. In 2020, Yara graduated from the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy and became a Professional Art Therapist.
In the summer of 2020, Yara founded My Little Artist Holistic Daycare in Victoria, BC. She has created a unique art-based program for preschoolers. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience!
Vera is a full-time professor in Art Therapy at the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, an art therapist, and a licensed social worker and psychotherapist. She worked in mental health and maintained a private practice for over 20 years. Throughout her career, she initiated various multimodal expressive therapies with youth, immigrants, and women’s groups both in Quebec and in Latin America.
In addition to her teaching and clinical work, Vera has been a practicing fine artist since 1983. She participated in various group exhibitions, both in Quebec and abroad, and received creation grants from Quebec and Canada Councils of Art. Her multidisciplinary background has led her to develop a view of art as an interactive and democratic discipline, at once intimate and social, spontaneous and reflexive. She developed a particular research interest in exploring the contribution of artistic creation to healing through depth psychology.
Born in Haïti, Pascale is an art therapist and ethnopsychiatry practitioner who understands life as a complex world of class, power inequities & spiritualities. She uses identity and narratives to help practitioners comprehend how the interpersonal-cultural-disciplinary knowledge informs practice. She has introduced her own four children to the intricacies of living and adjusting to diversity throughout the globe through extensive travel.
Pascale is the founder and director of Arts, Racines & Therapies, a holistic therapy centre that integrates traditional culture, spirituality, and creativity into clinical practice. Her clinical work continues to focus primarily with Aboriginal and immigrant persons. Her work is conducted in French, English, Creole, and Spanish.
Johanne is a psychologist and professional art psychotherapist. She is a retired professor of the Art Therapy Master’s Program of the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She maintains a private practice in art psychotherapy and as a supervisor of psychologists and art therapists. She is an international lecturer in the USA and Europe. She has written articles and three books in art therapy, including the following:
- Rêves, art-thérapie et guérison, Montréal : Québec-Livres, 2017/1993
- L’art-thérapie, mettre des mots sur les maux et des couleurs sur les douleurs, Paris : Larousse, 2016.
- L’art-thérapie somatique, Montréal : Québec-Livres, 2014, 3’ édition.
Since completing her Art Therapy degree in 1997, Nancy has worked with children, adolescents and adults in schools, women’s shelters, group homes, and the Aboriginal community in an effort to debrief traumatic events through the use of art therapy. She works from an attachment-based perspective. Nancy taught for CiiAT in 2018 in Thailand and continues to give workshops for professionals in and out of the field.
In 2000, Nancy designed and coordinated an art therapy-based program in Ottawa’s Aboriginal community. Funded by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, the project was designed to help overcome the intergenerational effects of residential schooling and increase understanding and communication within the family unit. The program was named one of Canada’s 12 most effective projects.
Nancy presently runs a private practice and works through the Outreach Services of a first stage crisis shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence and abuse. She also works for the Ministry of the Attorney General with Ontario Victim Services Quick Response Program and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board of Ontario.
Having been a printmaker for 20 years, Nancy now enjoys drawing, constructions, watercolours and making “stuff” with her two wonderful grandsons.
Christine is a Registered Art Therapist, clinical supervisor, and international instructor and presenter. She has 18 years of experience providing art therapy services to people of all ages. She specializes in body-focused art therapy, trauma, sexual abuse and addictions. Her clinical presentations and experiential workshops include body-focused art therapy, neuroscience and trauma, art therapy with different age groups, and therapeutic support for professionals. She has focused her Doctorate in Art Therapy research on building a theoretical foundation for Therapeutic Body-Mapping and use of the methodology as a culturally-sensitive trauma intervention based on the neurobiology of trauma.
Christine is former Vice President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and author of ‘The Use of Art Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions’ and ‘Parents Handbook on Reducing Anxiety: What’s Going On In the Brain’.
Lindsay Clarke holds her Masters in Art Therapy from Concordia University and is a Registered Art Therapist with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. She is an instructor of the Youth and Children Art Therapy course in Tokyo for JIPATT. In Montreal, she is a supervisor to art therapy students and works with families and children in community settings including women’s shelters, schools, museums, and art hives. She uses a trauma-informed and attachment-based approach in her focused work in supporting women and children as they heal from issues of displacement, violence, and loss.
Lindsay also extends creative healing into the garden and kitchen as she has initiated cooking therapy groups that involve participant grown ingredients, promoting intergenerational support and a grounded sense of engagement for marginalized peoples in transition.
Patcharin Sughondhabirom, otherwise known as Dr. Jo, is a medical doctor and Registered Art Therapist living in Bangkok, Thailand. She is Director of the International Program of Art Therapy in Thailand (IPATT), which she developed in 2011 in collaboration with Lucille Proulx, thus bringing formal clinical art therapy training into Thailand. In 2014, she also founded the Art Therapy Foundation to support art therapy projects in the country.
Her passion in the arts, combined with her deep interest in the death and dying process, has drawn her into the field of palliative care. In 2005, she started an open art studio project in Bangkok for children with cancer at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. The project was well received, and was later expanded to The Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. This project has ignited creative ideas and initiations in other pediatric units in the country.
Kazutaka Shibasaki holds a degree in economy from Rikkyo University. After working for CBS Sony, he started his own business, Quest Institute Co., in 1980, for which he has developed workshops and seminars for personal training and therapist training programs as Representative Director. His training program, Approaching Unconsciousness, has been taken by over ten thousand participants and six hundred therapists.
Mr. Shibasaki has also established the NPO Children Future Institute to support mental education for children. He has opened art therapy schools for children and parents in Japan. His unique camp program, Growth Seminar, encourages children to be self-reliant. He is the author of published works including Healing Door (Yasuragi no Tobira), Self Therapy (Zibun Serapi), and Meeting Exciting Self (Wakuwaku Suru Zibun ni Deau Hon).
Mrs. Chikako Shibasaki holds a degree in Human Relationship from the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. She has provided art therapy at the Psychiatry Department of Tokyo Adachi Clinic and worked as an art therapist at the Enomoto Clinic, operated by Psychiatry Enoki Medical Corporation, for 12 years. She supported art therapy programs at the Juntendo University Hospital and was staff at the Self-Expression of Healing exhibition. She now conducts art therapy training, workshops, and lectures.