SANA MULJI DUTT, MENTOR, PTP, ONTARIO, CANADA
You have a story through which you can see the shape of your life. Through poetry, I help you find the lens to see your power, find your strengths, identify your challenges, and walk towards healing, to lead with your heart, or to work meaningfully and wholeheartedly every day. We journey together with language to shape our way, drawing inspiration from poets and writers. I have led poetry therapy workshops with diverse populations in New York and Toronto. My Master’s thesis titled, “Poetry Therapy and the Lived Experience of Refugees” is a study of how refugees can share their stories and view their experience through the lens of poetry, to find strength and healing.
- Poetry Therapy Practitioner
- Mentor for iaPOETRY
- BA, Creative Writing – York University, Toronto, Canada
- MA, Interdisciplinary Studies – York University, Toronto, Canada
- Women in shelters
- Leadership conversations – leading with heart
- Corporate wellness
- Immigrant entrepreneurs
KAYLA JANE (KJ) BARRIE, PTP in training, ONTARIO, CANADA
My life has always been filled with countless hours of reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I found poetry that I unearthed myself.
Poetry has guided me from a place of fear and destruction to a place where I can value my voice and help others on their journey to find theirs. I value writing as an act of planting individual seeds of self-expression to create a vibrant garden of our unique stories and experiences.
My background in journalism has inspired me to question internal and external systems – poetry creates an outlet to explore those curiosities. It can help us heal our individual experiences and collective traumas, guiding us to find freedom in the stories and pain we carry inside.
I want to support folks to connect inward and share their stories, hopes, and fears of the past, present, and future. I want to remove the barriers in our systems that keep poetry and writing from those who need it to heal, regardless of their life experience.
As part of my PTP training, I offer online workshops and in-person events across southern Ontario. There are individual and group sessions available.
By providing a creative and compassionate environment for folks to explore their experiences and emotions, we can bring a piece of freedom of expression and guide others to use their words as a voice for change. I believe that poetry heals because it reminds us that we are living.
- Poetry Therapy Practitioner in Training
- Journalism Print & New Media – Sheridan College
- Environment & eco-poetry
- Ekphrastic writing
- Intuitive & reflective journaling
- Astrology, cosmology
- Philosophy & social structures
VENUS LUKIC, PTP in training, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
Personally, I enjoy the structure of a poetry therapy session and find that my clients are able to embrace the therapeutic work with a sense of self-confidence which is built through the engagement of the work and reflective process.
As a professional artist, my art practice and creative output has included visual projects such as paintings and conceptual text, installation and audience interaction. Poetry has been something that has both infused my work and run alongside it. I think of song lyrics as poetic text, and search for ways to infuse this into the biblio/poetry therapy action based therapeutic framework that I am interested in situating myself within as a creative arts therapist.
As a connoisseur of life experience, I employ a deeply empathetic lens with which to assist others in exploring their relationships to the past, present and future. I am excited to assist you in discovering where you are in your own journey!
- Poetry Therapy Practitioner in Training
- MA Creative Arts Therapies: Drama Therapy, Concordia University, Montreal, CA; 2022-2024 (in progress)
- BA Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, CA
- BFA Drawing and Painting, minor in English, OCAD, Toronto, CA
- Journaling and reflective writing
- Memoir and identity, immigrant and ex-pat’s
- Intergenerational trauma and construction of society
- Art, embodiment, dramatic engagement
- Loss and complex grief