Registered Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist/Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner · Master's (European Graduate School, 2017)
Psychotherapy Provider (Registered Psychotherapist)
Credentials Verified by PM
Accepting new clients
Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
I'm a Registered Psychotherapist, Expressive Arts Therapist and Compassionate Inquiry® Practitioner in private practice seeing clients online and in the east end of Toronto.
My approach is somewhat eclectic and trauma-informed. My fine art and science background plus a lifetime of experiences continually influence how I view the world and inform my approach to therapy.
I believe I come to this line of work honestly. I am no stranger to personal trauma and its repercussions and how profoundly this has affected me. This no doubt has had a major part to play in a lifetime of curiosity about what makes people tick, how their past relates to their present situations and how they can overcome difficulties in their lives however large or small.
My main services include Compassionate Inquiry (CI) – a sensitive and insightful approach to talk therapy, The Clearing Method (CM) – a holistic methodology for soothing core emotional wounds and Expressive Arts Therapy (EXAT) where the arts are utilized therapeutically to explore and address issues that might require a more creative and intuitive approach.
Compassionate Inquiry helps reveal what is underneath what we present to the world. It explores body states and physical sensations that are directly related to emotions, memories, hidden assumptions and beliefs we develop about ourselves. Through this process you can learn to recognize unconscious dynamics that run your life and learn to liberate yourself.
The Clearing Method is a process and approach that helps uncover the root cause of suffering and heals the difficult wounds that lie within.
The Expressive Arts can act as a direct line to your subconscious and is a wonderful complement to the other therapies I offer. By shedding new light on old problems, it works hand-in-hand with your imagination and creativity (no prior art experience is needed) to understand yourself better and to develop alternative perspectives and mindsets.
Primary Practice Location
3 Byron Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4J3T7
Phone: (416) 595-9555
Fax: (833) 355-5042
“Lydia is intuitive, attentive, and very knowledgeable. She has a deeper sense of trauma from both training and lived experiences. Lydia has a breadth of artistic skills to tap into and is very playful and explorative. Lydia has been an amazing team member at Art With A Heart for numerous years running Expressive Arts Therapy groups. Our clients love her.” Sheri Gundry – Art with a Heart, Whitby Ontario
Years of Experience
RP – Registered Psychotherapist
MA – Expressive Arts Therapy
CIP - Compassionate Inquiry Practitioner
BSc – Psychology & Criminology
BAA – Media Arts
In order to keep my knowledge base current and relevant, I am committed to ongoing education in the latest therapeutic methods and issues. These include (but are not limited to): trauma, anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief and bereavement, attachment, addictions and Compassionate Inquiry.
College of Registered Psychotherapists
Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Ontario Society of Psychotherapists
Psychotherapy Matters blog posts
Expressive Arts Therapy & Complex Mental Health
Today, we have a guest post from our PMVC member Lydia Charak. In this post, Lydia discusses Expressive Arts Therapy and complex mental health. We would like to thank Lydia for her thoughtful discussion of Expressive Arts Therapy and for … Continue reading →