I am a registered Art Therapist with British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. Plus, I have my Bachelors in Social Work from Canada. I have worked in many different settings, like school (primary & secondary), community, health care, and charities as an art therapist. For example, I have facilitated individual and group art therapy for youth-at-risk in CAMHS ward and Eating Disorder ward, and worked alongside multi-disciplinary teams. Additionally, I have facilitated group art therapy for adults with mental health and living with disabilities supporting their needs like addressing self-care, healthy boundaries, and setting measurable challenges. Another charity field I have worked in is refugee and migrants in therapeutic services (focusing on family in hotels and unaccompanied children in the UK). I have experience working with interpreters (who speak the client’s language and dialect) and managing the therapeutic space online. In this role, I have worked with partnership funders on research paper on the benefits of therapy for unaccompanied children in the UK. My areas of specialisation are anxiety, trauma, depression/low mood, anger, life transition, and Autism/ADHD.
Art Therapy doesn’t mean individuals need to use art or have artistic skills. It is a great tool if you wish to express yourself when you find words don’t fully describe how you feel or what happened in the past. For example in my individual therapy, I may show some art therapy exercises to individuals to learn to better cope or understand their stressors but I work collaboratively with them. I do run group art therapy, if you are interested please let me know. These group art therapy workshops are more focused on themes like anger management, nature art therapy and more. My approach is humanistic/person-centred, psychodynamic and integrative of other therapeutic approaches like mindfulness, DBT, CBT, somatic, EDMR and compassion to better support individuals’ wellbeing.
Before becoming an art therapist I studied social work in Canada. I enjoy working with people but I wanted to combine that with my passion for art. I grew up admiring famous artist like Emily Carr, Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh and more. They and many other artists shaped me to embrace different artistic styles.
I immerse myself in art culture in its widest sense, by going to movies, listening to music, and exploring museums, comedy and group workshops. Other ways I increase my creativity is by travelling and connecting with people and trying new foods. For instance, I work on learning to cook better by taking the time and effort to learn 1 or 3 new dishes by the end of the year. These dishes could be representation of places I have been or places I can’t wait to travel to and try authentic Thai green curry soup or Polish perogies.
Besides keeping my body healthy with knowledge of cooking and nutrients, I enjoy trying other new skills to enrich my body like yoga, surfing, and more. I find it is important to know your interest and willingness to challenge yourself.
I am an English-speaking psychotherapist in Amsterdam specialised in working with adults, teens, children, older adults and groups.
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