Award winning illustrator, visual artist/educator, Registered Psychotherapist, MPS Creative/Expressive Arts Therapy
"Her signature work employs processes such as carving, molding, etching, scratching, wrapping, sculpted embossing, encaustics, image transfer and stitching work in tandem with a diverse range of materials from handmade paper and woven fabric to distressed wood, found metal and glass. Susan’s sensitive and almost poetic use of materials and processes communicate to us on many levels. Beyond their elicit texture and three-dimensional depth, Leopold’s sculptural works tease the boundaries of space to establish multiple layers of meaning. They transcend their physical presence to establish a direct sensory connection with the viewer. If you love working with materials and unique processes, you will fall in love with Susan’s work, as I have"
Lisa L. Cyr, author of Art Revolution, available at Amazon.com
Creative Arts Therapy
Do you often wish things in life could be different?
I have worked with diverse clients facing life's transitions and mental health challenges. My theoretical framework is relational, often using creative/expressive arts modalities in treatment. Following your lead, I listen/witness and attune carefully in order to attend to your specific need. We start with where you are most comfortable, which means that talking, imagery, dreamwork and silence are all welcome. The path to healing, wellness and imaginative growth is often facilitated through connecting with your unique creative process. Although I work flexibly with expressive/creative arts, my focus is on staying close to what you bring to our work in the co-created and safe therapeutic studio space.
As a clinically trained MSW, RSW, R. Psych. with degrees from Pratt Institute and Smith College, I specialize in creative therapies. Your path to healing, wellness and imaginative growth is often facilitated through connecting with your unique creative process when feelings and experiences are unsayable. I have devoted my career to working with children, youth and adults affected by trauma and/or challenging life-stage transitions, anxiety, depression, low self esteem and creative blockages. My extensive clinical experience includes the Hicks Dellcrest Centre, York University Personal Counselling Services, UHN Inpatient Expressive Arts for Eating Disorder and Catholic Family Services Toronto.
Working flexibly with you, between short or long term talk therapy (psychodynamic psychotherapy) and expressive/creative arts, my focus is on staying close to what you bring to our work in the co-created and safe therapeutic studio space.