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‘I Worried That Once I Allowed Myself To Feel Angry, I Wouldn’t Be Able To Take It Back’

CHATELAINE, APRIL 2019

“Processing anger isn’t just about making a negative emotion go away: it’s about identifying and then meeting your own needs. Toronto-based art therapist Or Har-Gil helps people observe their inner dialogue through making art. Using art to process anger can help people take that first step in a way that feels manageable.”

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Crafting Her Own Traditions Helped This Canadian Return To Judaism

HUFFINGTON POST, APRIL 2019

"Judaism can be very text and study-based, very cerebral," she said. "Recognizing that the divine is everywhere and that I can have direct sacred experiences anywhere, not just in a classroom or synagogue is a game-changer for me."

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Hobby Lobby: A new wave of old-fashioned pastimes is just the fix for a sweeping case of digital addiction

THE GLOBE AND MAIL, MARCH 2019

“Har-Gil uses everything from clay to watercolours in her workshops, which she says attributes to a “free-flow” state rarely accessible today. “Your brain can be processing things in the background, which is so important for problem solving and we don’t have that in our day-to-day lives.”

 
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Finding the Beauty in Your Messy Enoughness

GUTS & GRACE PODCAST, JUNE 2018

“Or Har-Gil is an Art Therapist who guides you to embrace your whole, imperfect, human self. Through one-on-one sessions and workshops, she facilitates full-spectrum self-expression by creating safe, playful containers to show up exactly as you are, create from your inner self, and find the beauty in your messy enough-ness.”

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Or Har-Gil on Making Meaning

LIFE IN LIMBO PODCAST, MAY 2018

“Or Har-Gil is so talented at creating meaningful moments in the midst of everyday life. She does a fantastic job of holding space for herself and for others, both in casual settings and in her work as an art therapist. In this episode we discussed her background in narrative therapy, and how she uses meaningful personal rituals to make her life feel richer.”

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Creatrix: Or Har-Gil

SHECOSYSTEM, APRIL 2018

“I’m proud of running my business in a way that makes space for the fullness of my humanity, and the humanity of my clients and collaborators. That resists the idea that being successful is only measured by money and productivity. That creates spaces for self-expression, for feeling all of our feelings, and for lifting each other up.”

 
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Creative Balance: Learning from Art Therapist Or Har-Gil

GOOD GORILLA, JANUARY 2017

“There’s often a lot of resistance at the beginning, but once people allow themselves to have fun and play, and get curious about what it is that they’re doing, they often find that it’s quite enjoyable and that keeps them coming back. When it’s not part of our lives in some way, we start to feel pretty dull without creativity in some form.”