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Ayana Spivak



background and education:


I graduated from Moscow State University of Psychology & Education with a Master’s degree in Psychology and continued my education as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist at Institute of Practical Psychology and Psychoanalysis (Moscow, Russia). Later I became an Expressive Arts Therapist at The CREATE Institute (Creative Integrative Arts Therapies Training Program) in Toronto, Canada. I continue to deepen my knowledge of approaches to psychotherapy, studying Somatic approach to therapy of Trauma and having been certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.


I have been working with groups and individuals in various contexts (psychotherapy, business consulting and dance-teaching) since 1994. For the last 10 years, I have been building my private psychotherapy practice with a focus on a humanistic, client-centered, somatic and arts-based approach to psychotherapy.


In collaboration with different social agencies, I facilitate Dance and Expressive Arts Therapy groups for people with developmental or ambulatory disabilities as well as for seniors dealing with dementia.

I speak both English and Russian.


professional affiliations:


I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am a Board Member and Ontario Representative of DMTAC (Dance/Movement Therapy Association of Canada), a professional member of OEATA (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association), and DMTA (Dance Movement Therapy Association of Russia).

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