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Faculty: Elise Laviolette

Elise Laviolette,
Elise Laviolette has always had a creative flair and a knack for finding connections between seemingly unrelated concepts. An art therapist currently working in private practice, she encourages people to use their innate power of imagination and creation to enhance their mental health. Elise believes art therapy and creative expression bring physicality to our transient and elusive thoughts and emotions, allowing us to encounter ourselves in a way that is not always accessible through reason and speech. Her previous experience includes ten years as a public educator, group facilitator, and counsellor in community mental health, and ten years as a social research consultant. A graduate of the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute with an MC:AT (Counselling & Art Therapy), she also holds a BA Psychology and an MSc. Psychology. She has been a registered SoulCollage® facilitator since 2012 and has spent the past seven years delighting in connecting with like-minded individuals to help them use this playful approach to enhance self-care, cultivate inner wisdom, and deepen self-compassion. Elise is also the human half of a therapy dog team - her English Bulldog does most of the work.

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