Emmanuelle ("God is with us") is the Israeli name that was given to me when I was born. I was raised with my brother in a small town in Switzerland. During my entire childhood and teenagers years I was bathed in an international environment as my family loved to travel and learn about customs of other countries. My mother was a teacher and my father a consultant for the unemployed both were in a helping profession so it's not so surprising that I chose to take an undergraduate degree in teaching.
At the age of 20, I decided to leave my country and live in Canada as an exchange student. I wanted to discover a new culture. I went to college to study English and on the last day of school I met my husband who is been on my side since then. After one year in Canada, I decided to extend my stay and study fine arts at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Making art had always been a passion of mine since I was a child. During my years at the university, I also developed a real passion for studying and analyzing people, how they behaved in society and the different roles they were playing. Psychology, sociology and philosophy course became as much interest as art history and painting classes.
When I heard about art therapy, I knew this was the perfect profession as it combined and supported both of my interests art and psychology but it's only when I began the programme at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute that I understood that this profession was more than a job, it was a passion.
When I graduated from the Vancouver Art therapy Institute in April 2002, the school offered a master's level program which combined both theory and practice. Throughout this program I was able to personally experience spontaneous art and psychotherapy in order to gain a personal understanding of what it means to go through an art therapy process as well as gaining awareness and understanding about who I was as person and as a therapist.
Since I came back to Switzerland I have been working as a teacher with special needs teenagers (age 16-22) in a professional and social centre and as an art therapist in private practice. I am essentially working with adults and children who experienced traumas and losses.