ABOUT


Highlights of my life… 


  • Being a refugee as a child (7) escaping with parents from the former Czechoslovakia, through the former Yugoslavia, into Austria. Eventually given asylum and citizenship in Canada.
  • Having moved some 30+ times in my life.
  • Having lived in and participated in growing multiple communities.
  • Being mentored by many people I admire in the fields of therapy, filmmaking, and theatre.
  • Becoming a father of the most amazing daughter!
  • Being married to a wife who has been my greatest teacher and has helped me to live more in my body and from my heart.
  • Being supported to develop an innovative martial arts therapy (Young Warriors — see more below) which was researched and has grown to reach many families and schools.

 


SKILLS… 


  • Psychotherapist, Registered with CRPO #002371
  • Martial Arts Teacher (Aikido, 1st degree black belt)
  • Teacher & Facilitator 
  • Videographer
  • Program Design
  • Theatre and Community Arts Director
  • Writer – published in edited works and online

 

 


Psychotherapy


 

INTEGRA Foundation / Child & Family Therapist & Mindfulness Martial Arts Instructor

  • Aug 2007 – May 2014,  Toronto
  • Hired and trained as both a Child & Family Therapist & Mindfulness Martial Arts Instructor serving client families with Learning Disabilities and complex mental health issues. 

 

Child Development Institute (CDI) / YW Coordinator, Supervisor, and Chief Instructor

  • May 2014 – Aug 2019,  Toronto
  • Integra was amalgamated with CDI in 2014. Shortly after, a manager role was created to officially recognize the responsibilities of running YOUNG WARRIORS — the popular and rapidly expanding therapeutic program I created.  

 

Private Practice / Psychotherapist and sole proprietor of companies

  • Sept. 4, 2019 – present,  Toronto
  • Started offering psychotherapy services to families and individuals through various clinics and online portals.

 


Program Creation


 

Inspired Services / Director, Consultant  & Facilitator

  • 2000 – 2007,  Montreal
  • Program Creator, Consultant and Facilitator contracted by diverse agencies like:  RECCA, Catholic Community Services, MDSB, Peace Out!, IASIS Foundation, and Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors.

 

Integra YOUNG WARRIORS (YW)/ Founder

  • 2009,  Toronto
  • Created Integra Young Warriors (YW), an innovative therapeutic program (based on Mindfulness and martial arts) at Integra, which became part of CDI. 
  • Led Implementation in partnership with the Northern Ontario (TLDSB) school board and in Cree school board in Northern Quebec.

 

 


Teaching


 

Naka Ima Aikikai / Martial Arts Teacher (Sensei)

  • 2009 – 2011,  Toronto
  • Taught morning Aikido classes. 

 

CREATE Institute (formerly ISIS) / Guest Instructor

  • 2016 – present,  Toronto
  • Teaching annually the intro to Drama Therapy for second year students.

 

YW Implementation/ Teacher, Trainer & Consultant

  • 2016 – 2019,  Ontario and Quebec
  • Trained and consulted with a total of 50 Instructors in their teaching of the YW program in schools in Northern Quebec and Ontario.

 

 


Publications


GUIDE ME: Solo Dramatic Research Into Becoming a Therapist / Author

  • Published by Concordia as Master’sthesis and on Lulu in 2007

 

Popularizing Research: Engaging New Genres, Media and Audiences / Contributing Author

  • Published by Peter Lang Publishers, NY in 2012
  • Edited by Phillip Vannini
  • Chapter 25: Learn Dis! A community does research on itself through Playback Theatre

 

The Thought That Changed My Life Forever / Contributing Author

  • Published by Imbue Press (Morgan James Publishing, NY),  2013
  • Edited by Christiane Guenette & Gillian Laura Roberts
  • Chapter 1: If it’s meant to be, it starts with me

 

YOUNG WARRIORS, Book 1: Jacob’s Fire/ CO-Author

  • Published by Integra Press, Toronto, 2018
  • A novel series for parents and kids about facing internal and external challenges which demand courage, friendship and skills to resolve. 

 

ONLINE Publications/ Author

  • Worldwide, published in MEDIUM and GOOD MEN PROJECT 
  • since October, 2018
  • Writing articles on parenting, relationships and the experience of being a man.

 

 


Theatre


 

Inspired Playback Theatre Co. / Founder & Artistic Director

  • 2005- present,  Montreal and Toronto
  • Founded improv theatre troupe serving diverse populations: holocaust survivors, LGBTQ, at risk youth and restorative justice circles.  

 

LEARN DIS!/ Founder & Artistic Director

  • 2008,  Toronto
  • Creator and director of “LEARN DIS” – an arts-based research based on stories of families, clinicians and teachers around the experience of Learning Disabilities.

 


Film/Videography


 

CABRON Films / Director

  • 1996- 2000,  Vancouver
  • Directing, editing and producing independent films. See awards below.

 

B.C. Film Industry/ Grip, Actor, & Lighting tech

  • 1998- 2000,  Vancouver
  • Work in B.C. Film industry as grip and lighting technician

 

YW Ecourses/ Director, editor & narrator

  • 2017 – 2019,  Toronto
  • Created close to 100 videos for four unique ecourses for training of children, parents and Instructors. 

 

Relationship Aikido/ Producer, director, editor

  • 2019,  Toronto
  • Created a video based ecourse for men in relationships on how to master conflicts.

 

 


Education


 

University of British Columbia (UBC) / Bachelor’s Fine Arts (Filmmaking)

  • 1994 – 1998, Vancouver, B.C. 
  • Graduated with honours from UBC and awards for his thesis project. 

 

Concordia University / Master’s Of Arts – Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy)

  • 2001 –  2005, Montreal, Quebec
  • Graduated with special mentions and recognition for thesis project (play about becoming a therapist).

 

 


Awards


  • 1998/9 – National apprenticeship with Director’s Guild of Canada
  • 1999 – Special mentions for films directed in the Brno Film Festival (Czech Republic) and Taiwan/Canadian Film Festival 
  • 2014 – earned 1st degree black belt in Aikido 
  • 2015 – Caring Staff Award – CDI 
  • 2017 – Given the “Magic Maker” Award by colleagues.
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