Chantal Fraizinger, She/Her | DTATI, RP (Q)
Chantal Fraizinger is a Black counsellor, art therapist, comic enthusiast and creative expressionist.
As a second-generation settler of Jamaican parents, borne into her undeserved privileges, she studied and earned a Master's level diploma in Art Therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Upon graduation she received the 2019 Gilda Grossman Award for her thesis project on grief and loss, which she completed in a graphic novel format.
As a Black female therapist, Chantal practices from a person-centered, compassion-based framework, rooted in culturally-sensitive psychotherapy. Chantal’s approach is grounded in self-empathetic listening and the art-making process, not on art technique, as the primary channel to self-awareness, identity exploration and transformation. Through this approach, individuals can visually-narrate their presenting concerns and issues such as grief, bereavement, anxiety, depression and collective trauma, in a supportive and safe space where trust can be built to anchor the process.
As a black art therapist, Chantal is aware that there are limited resources in this field and values the opportunity to serve her community in this way. She believes in the principle of being grounded in yourself to better face the world and insists on the meaningful, archaeological-like virtue of the creative process to create a unique experience for individuals to take a moment to learn from themselves, to express what words cannot and to unearth the treasure of their authentic being.
Specialities: Grief/Bereavement, Anxiety, Depression, Racial Identity, Self-Esteem.
Ages: Children (7+), Adolescents, Adults.