Guest Faculty

Jay Wilson, BSc, MSc

Jay Wilson B.Sc., M.Sc., leads a private health navigation, education and advocacy group called which works mostly with clients that have complex medical diagnoses and need help both understanding the condition and wading through the clinical channels they are faced with. He attended U.B.C. for honours undergraduate studies in Biology with a specialization in genetics, then completed a research M.Sc. in Human Genetics at U.C.L.A, specializing in molecular paediatric endocrinology.

Norma Araiza, MA

A performer/choreographer/instructor of Yoeme (Yaqui) descent originally from Mexico, Norma has studied different disciplines within the arts in order to find her own unique style that blends dance, theatre, vocals, percussion, and storytelling with cultural and traditional themes especially from her Indigenous background. She uses these modalities in her Expressive Arts Therapy practice. Norma has completed her Master's Degree in Dance Ethnology at York University, and graduated from the Expressive Arts Therapy Program at The CREATE Institute  in 2006.

Kelli Nigh, PhD (Ed)

As a former professional singer and actor, Kelli Nigh developed a unique approach to mind-body inquiry in the drama classroom. This approach was introduced to students in a diverse range of educational settings, including community arts centres, public and private schools. Kelli recently completed her doctoral research on the mind-body relationship at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and is now publishing the findings in educational journals and books. She is also busy co-editing a book that addresses wisdom and its pedagogical practices.

Heward Wilkinson, D.Psych, BA, MA, MSc, RN(M), Cert. Ed., UKCP Fellow, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist

Heward Wilkinson, D. Psych, BA, MA, MSc, Psychotherapy, RN(M), CertEd, UKCP Fellow, UKCP Registered Integrative Psychotherapist, Chair UKCP Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College. Original commissioning Senior Editor International Journal Psychotherapy, 1996-2004, and current Ed. Bd., Full Teacher Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Inst. (Gestalt, Integrative, Relational psychotherapies), active in UK/European psychotherapy regulation process, author The Muse as Therapist.

Alberto Lunati, DO(MP), D.Sc.O

Alberto Lunati is an Osteopathic manual therapist currently working on a research thesis project. His health care background includes Neuro-anatomical Acupuncture through McMaster University, and Visceral Manipulation with the Jean Pierre Barral Institute. 

Paul Grof, MD, PhD, FRCP

Paul GrofPaul Grof, M.D., PhD, FRCPC, became specialized in psychiatry in 1962. He worked as a research psychiatrist in the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, and as a fellow in psychoendocrinology of affective disorders in West Germany. In 1968 he was recruited as research psychiatrist and faculty member at McMaster University, Canada.

Christopher Sowton , ND

Christopher Sowton, N.D., has been a practicing homeopath and naturopath since he graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1988. His practice in Toronto is a blend of classical homeopathy and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on dreamwork and depth psychology. As a homeopath, Christopher uses dream material to focus his case analysis and inform the ultimate selection of a remedy. As a therapist he uses dreams to understand how a person’s psyche is trying to evolve, and also how it is blocked or held back from evolving.

Thomas R. Verny, MD, D. Psych, DHI, FRCP

Thomas R. Verny, MD, D. Psych., DHL, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist, writer, lecturer and academic. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, York University and St. Mary's University, Minneapolis. Verny was founding editor of the Journal of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JOPPPAH), president of the Pre and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America from 1983 to 1991 and served on the Association's Board of Directors until 2007. He is presently serving as Editor-in-Chief of JOPPPAH.

Stephen Ticktin, BA, MA(Phil), MD

Stephen Ticktin, BA, MA (Phil), MD. I am originally from Toronto and did my BA and MA in philosophy here, and then went to medical school initially with an eye to becoming a psychoanalyst. En route, I encountered the writings of R.D.Laing and David Cooper, who properly introduced me to existentialism and phenomenology, which led to a critical perspective as regards psychiatry and psychonanalysis. As a result I went to London England in 1978 to study with the Philadelphia Association (Laing’s outfit).

Crystal Hawk, MEd

Energy Psychology studies the effects of bioenergy systems on emotions and behavior. It is the position of Energy Psychology that while psychological functioning in general as well as psychological disturbances entail hormonal, neurochemical, cognitive and situational aspects, at a fundamental level bioenergetic substrates significantly account for behavior. Energy psychology appears to be applicable to a wide area of study including psychopathology, therapy, learning, sports and peak performance. 

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