Registered Psychotherapist/Expressive Arts Therapist · Master's (European Graduate School, 2017)
Psychotherapy Provider (Registered Psychotherapist)
Credentials Verified by PM
Member of College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
I'm a registered psychotherapist and an expressive arts therapist in private practice seeing clients in the east end of Toronto.
My approach is somewhat eclectic. 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 approaches include Expressive Arts Therapy where the arts are utilized therapeutically and Compassionate Inquiry – a sensitive and insightful approach to Talk Therapy.
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
Extended office hours: evenings, weekends
“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 (CRPO)
MA – Expressive Arts Therapy – (EGS)
BSc – Psychology & Criminology (UofT)
BAA – Media Arts (Ryerson University)
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, Grief & Bereavement, Attachment, Addictions, Compassionate Inquiry and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
College of Registered Psychotherapists
Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Ontario Society of Psychotherapists
Psychotherapy Matters blog posts
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 →