Anu Lala (B.Sc, RCAT, RP) has been working as Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Art Therapist for the past 23 years. She has worked with a variety of populations in an array of social service organizations. After completing her thesis on Art therapy and Mental Illness through her placement at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health she initially she began working in Psychiatric research at Mount Sinai hospital where she developed at group for women with Crohns Disease. While working in the hospital she also began developing and conducting groups for women and children in shelter settings.
She spent a few years working at Redwood shelter doing groups with women and children fleeing abuse. This work further led her to work with children through the Toronto Board of Education dealing with emotional or behavioural issues.
In 2004, she had an opportunity to conduct art therapy internationally at a school in India with children affected by polio. However the majority of her work has been doing individual and group, psychotherapy and art therapy with immigrant and refugee women of colour at a community health centre in Toronto.
While working in the field for many years she has developed a specialization and expertise in the area of women and cultural issues and oppression. This knowledge and experience has provided her with material used to facilitate lectures to graduate level students on methods of using art therapy as well as provide supervision to students in practice.
Most recently she has authored a chapter in recently published book titled: "Art Therapy and Postmodernism: Creating Healing Through a Prism".
In 2015 she started doing Art Therapy with cancer patients at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital
Presently she has been spending time with her family. She continues to practice art therapy and use her skills to create new and diverse paths into the future.
Anu Lala is a Member of Canadian Art Therapy Association and The College of Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.