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Sharlene Friedman


Sharlene Friedman BAFA Dip TATI. RCAT. RP.

Sharlene has been in independent practice since 1989. She was born in South Africa and came to Canada to study Art Therapy. In South Africa she was part of the Rape Crisis Centre called POWA (People Opposing Woman Abuse) and was responsible for group training and crisis counselling. 

In conjunction with private practice where she focuses on work with individuals, couples and supervision, Sharlene is on faculty with the Toronto Art Therapy Institute as the Group Art Therapist. She has also worked with numerous agencies including women’s shelters, addiction treatment programs, The Rape Crisis Centre of Peel Dufferin County, the Peel Collaborative and the Barbara Schlifer Clinic in Toronto where her work focused on working with trauma, recovery and personal growth. 

In 1996 Sharlene  was  instrumental in creating and co-facilitating an open group for women who have survived childhood sexual abuse and trauma which she facilitated ongoing for over seven years. She is the co-author of the manual, “Weaving Our Voices-An open group for women who have survived Childhood Sexual Abuse and trauma — Group Leaders Manual,” and was responsible for training agencies in Peel, Guelph and Toronto in this model. Sharlene also practises and teaches self help Jin Shin Jyutsu® an art of harmony body mind and spirit. 

Sharlene joined OSP in 2013.



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