I trained as an art therapist in Bologna, following a 4-year course at Art Therapy Italiana and am registered in the UK as an Art Psychotherapist and in Italy as an Art Therapist. I have a private practice in Bologna where I offer art therapy for adults, teenagers and children. I mainly do individual sessions for adults (and sometimes with children) but I also offer therapy for couples and run an art therapy group for adults as well as one-day workshops. Areas of experience include: trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and difficulties with sexual intimacy. My practice is LGBTQ friendly. I also work with psychiatric patients with diagnoses such as psychosis, schizophrenia and personality disorders. During my training, I undertook 4 years work experience with the Mental Health Centre in San Lazzaro with both children and adults. I currently hold art therapy groups at the International School of Bologna (3 – 9 year olds) with children with complex international identities, and I am a member of two research groups: art therapy with children aged 0-6 yrs old, and art therapy in the field of adoption and foster children. I have held groups with unaccompanied minors (child refugees). Currently, I run an annual art therapy group in the female section of Bologna’s adult detention centre and I am setting up an art therapy group at a Residence in Bologna for adult patients undergoing treatment for leukemia. From 2014-18, I ran the first art therapy group in Italy to be dedicated to LGBTQ clients.
I was born and brought up in the UK but I have spent all of my adult working life in Italy, having moved here in the year 2000 at the age if 23. Therefore, my own life experience has posed important questions as to what creates identity: family heritage, mother-tongue language, lived experience? I believe that what is important to cross-cultural identity is not so much the answer to these questions (that will vary from person to person and may well change throughout one’s lifetime) but their exploration within a protected therapeutic setting. Sensitivity to these issues has been a key aspect to my work at the International School of Bologna where many children are living third-culture experiences.