Art Therapist, Registered Psychotherapist, and arts-based wellness advocate.
I speak English, Urdu, and Hindi.
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Registration #: 009036
Canadian Art Therapy Association. Membership #: 54102684
Rakshanda Khan (she/her)
MA, DTATI, RP
I am an Art Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist with certifications in Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts and Humanistic Integrative Counselling. I have been advocating for arts based wellness for the past 15 years.
As a therapist, I offer a safe, empathic, and supportive environment for my clients so we can collaborate on new ways for them to thrive in their strength, resilience, creativity, and resourcefulness. I practise from a client-centred, trauma-informed, strengths-based, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive framework that recognizes that we all embody creative potential that we can access for personal growth.
I draw from diverse arts-based practices as I have observed that when clients connect with their inner creative resources, it can become easier to recognize and untangle older, ineffective patterns of being and relating. Creative engagement can help us feel safe, regulated, and attuned with ourselves, and connecting with our imagination allows us to embody new, authentic, more desirable futures.
I believe that comics can be a powerful tool for self expression and healing, and that you don’t have to be a skilled artist to make comics or to benefit from them. In 2020, I conducted research on using comics in online art therapy with Pakistani adolescents, and you can read about it here. For this, I was awarded the Canadian Art Therapy Association Student Research Grant.
I enjoy working with folks of all genders and orientations, and from diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on immigrant and racialized communities. I have over 6+ years experience working with children, youth and young adults.
My approach is built on collaboration, and a deep reverence for lived experience. I believe that you know yourself best and that you have all the resources you need to thrive. My role is to support you by affirming, strengthening, at times questioning and challenging, so you can uncover for yourself how to align your heart, body, and mind with what is true and authentic to you.
I specialize in:
Abuse, Anger Issues, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Support, Chronic illness or pain, Self Harm, Burnout, Codependency, Relationship Issues, Grief and loss, Racial/Cultural Identity, Self-Esteem, Social Anxiety, Trauma, Body Image, Life transitions, Learning or Intellectual Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities.
My approach is informed by:
Art Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Humanistic Integrative Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Attachment Theory, Expressive Art Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Positive Psychology, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy and Strength-based frameworks. I try to approach my work from a decolonizing, anti-oppressive, feminist and social justice lens.
Contact me to schedule a free consultation. I’d love to hear from you!