Lydia Charak, RP, EXAT, MA, BSc, BAA, CIP – Toronto, Ontario.
Hi, I’m Lydia,
My approach is somewhat eclectic. My fine art and science background plus a lifetime of experiences continually influence how I view the world and inform my approach to therapy.
I believe I come to this line of work honestly. I am no stranger to personal trauma and its repercussions and how profoundly this has affected me. This no doubt has had a major part to play in a lifetime of curiosity about what makes people tick, how their past relates to their present situations and how they can overcome difficulties in their lives however large or small.
I also know that people want and need to have a chance to tell their story and have someone listen, really listen. Their experiences, perspectives and stories are part of who they are. Too often they have never had anyone actually pay undivided attention with no judgement.
Clients who get the most out of therapy with me are those who are willing to meet me halfway. They appreciate my active participation in sessions, my down to earth approach and aren’t bothered by the occasional colourful language that might fall out of my mouth. Sometimes there’s no better way to say what needs to be said.
Sessions mainly include Compassionate Inquiry – a sensitive and insightful approach to Talk Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy - where the arts are utilized therapeutically.
The Expressive Arts can act as a direct line to your subconscious and is a wonderful complement to the other therapies I offer. By shedding new light on old problems, it works hand-in-hand with your imagination and creativity to understand yourself better and to develop alternative perspectives and mindsets.
Sculpture series "Suffering" by Lydia Charak.
In addition to being a therapist, I find balance in my life by engaging in an active and diverse artistic practice. I have a special love for sculpture, art welding and photography and I have sprinkled some of my artwork throughout this website so you can get a sense of who I am and how I see the world.
Please have a look around my website and if you like what you see go ahead and schedule a free consult. I look forward to hearing from you.
“Lydia is intuitive, attentive, and very knowledgeable. She has a deeper sense of trauma from both training and lived experiences. Lydia has a breadth of artistic skills to tap into and is very playful and explorative. Lydia has been an amazing team member at Art With A Heart for numerous years running Expressive Arts Therapy groups. Our clients love her.” Sheri Gundry – Art with a Heart, Whitby Ontario