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Expressive Arts Therapy: Our Stories

We're excited to partner with student therapists Jasper Jay Bryan and Naseem Rine-Reesha for a new Expressive Arts Therapy series focused on our stories as sex workers!

Our work shapes us, but it does not define us. We have many talents, skills, and

strengths inside and outside of sex work. We are beautiful and complex. Through this series,

we will share experiences and tell our stories through writing, collage, painting, and

other expressive arts. This will be a space to bring in all of our identities, no parts left at the

door. Art experience is not required, those new to creative play are especially encouraged!

Expressive Arts Therapy is a way of using the arts (visual, writing, drama, dance, music, and

more) to bring out strengths and change how we relate to ourselves and our lives.It is low skill, meaning everyone can participate regardless of creative background, whether you are a

professional artist looking for inspiration, don’t feel you are “good at art” but like being creative, or have never picked up a paintbrush in your life. All are welcome!

Our series will run weekly, Nov 4th - Dec 4th, 6:30 - 8pm, via Zoom. 8 spots are available! Participants will receive an art kit delivered to their residence at no-cost. Please note that due to our delivery capacity, we can only accept participants within downtown Toronto: from Runnymede in the west, to the Beaches in the east, and up to Eglinton to the north in the west side and up to O'Connor on the east side.

Register by October 26th, 11:59pm/EST

8 spots available!

About our Facilitators:

Jasper Jay Bryan is a queer, trans expressive arts therapy student with lived experience of sexwork. He loves art of all kinds, and does creative peer support work in Toronto’s 2SLGBTQIA+community. Jay works from an anti-oppressive, social justice perspective. He believes that everybody is the‘expert’ on their own life, and values diversity, equity, justice, sex positivity, intersectionality,compassion, and harm reduction perspectives. He has training in expressive arts therapy,narrative therapy, harm reduction, and crisis intervention.

Naseem Rine-Reesha is a student therapist at the University of Toronto and a member of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education’s Centre for Diversity in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Naseem has a background in theatre performance, poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction writing, and music performance. Naseem has spent many years as a student organizer, tutor, and mentor; currently, Naseem helps students and faculty connect through projects related to analytical psychology. Naseem has experience in the sex work community and is passionate about advocacy for sex worker rights.


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