Lesley Swartz

Registered Psychotherapist

R.P., M..Ed., Gestalt/Arts Therapist

I am a psychotherapist because I believe in the power of relationships and our capacity to re-shape our lives when we have the support we need. Therapy allows us to access our own internal resources so that we can make changes to create a meaningful life.

CAPT Membership Number: 524

Issues I work with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Creative Blocks, Depression, Divorce Separation, Grief/Loss, Intergenerational Trauma, Life transitions,, Parenting, Relationships/Family, Trauma

My approaches

  • Art Therapy
  • Couples/Relationship Therapy
  • Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy


Registered Psychotherapist
Clinical Supervisor Qualified
Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy
Diplomas in Gestalt Therapy
Certified in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy.


I am a Registered Psychotherapist (R.P.) and Qualified Clinical Supervisor with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

I am a core teaching faculty member and Associate Director at The Create Institute (the Centre for Expressive Arts Therapy Education) in Toronto. I also co-ordinate a public arts therapy clinic at The Create Institute. I have been in private practice for over twelve years where I have worked with children, youth, adults and couples who have struggled with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship conflict, grief, stress, life transitions, and creative blocks.

I earned a master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) at University of Toronto following my bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. I hold professional diplomas in Expressive Arts Therapy (The Create Institute), Gestalt Psychotherapy (Gestalt Institute of Toronto), and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy (The Centre for Somatic Studies, N.Y.C.)

I have also pursued professional development training in additional therapy modalities including EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and trauma-informed approaches.

The foundation of my work is experiential and relational. In this paradigm, the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a healing ground where old patterns emerge, new ways of being are possible, and wounds can be repaired. My approach is deeply influenced by my advanced training in expressive arts, gestalt and developmental somatic therapy. These approaches allow clients to tap into alternate ways of knowing and to strengthen the connection they have with their wholebeing.

I view therapy as a creative process where clients gain awareness of how to access their own body and mind awareness, imagination, and curiosity in order to feel the range of choices they have in becoming who they want to be in the world: cognitively, emotionally, somatically, spiritually, relationally, socially, and imaginatively.

Office Location

Queen St West/Dufferin Ave
Queen St. West/Dufferin St.
Toronto, Ontario M6J 3J1