Anu Lala (B.Sc, RCAT, RP) has been working as Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Art Therapist for the past 24 years. Her broad experience has developed from her work with a wide range of individuals who struggle with many different types of issues.
While working at a community health centre in Toronto for the past 20 years, she has been providing individual and group psychotherapy and art therapy to immigrant and refugee women of colour. After working in the field for many years she has developed a specialization and expertise in the area of women’s mental health, cultural issues and the impact of oppression. This knowledge and specialized experience has provided her with the skills to teach and provide clinical supervision to graduate students.
For the past 24 years, alongside her work in the community, Anu Lala has been providing Therapy to youth and adults in her own Private Practice. She works with individuals affected by a range of emotional issues. Much of her work is with adults who struggle with relational issues rooted in difficulties with Anxiety, Depression and or Trauma.
Early in her career she spent a few years working at Redwood shelter facilitating 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 and or behavioural issues.
Later in 2004, she had an opportunity to develop and conduct an art therapy program internationally at a school in India with children affected by polio.
In 2015 she began facilitating Art Therapy with cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy at the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital.
For the past 10 years Anu has been providing lectures to graduate Art Therapy students. Currently she is part of the faculty at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute.
In 2018 Anu began teaching Foreign Trained Mental Health Professionals through the Bridging Program in Toronto. This program assists Therapists in building their clinical competence to practice in Canada. The program also helps them gain the requirements needed to practice Psychotherapy under the newly mandated regulations of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She currently teaches 2 courses: Applied Psychotherapy and Therapist’s Safe and Effective Use of Self.
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.