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 am also trained in sensorimotor art therapy specifically for healing trauma and I work using Guided Drawing and the Clayfield. I am currently undertaking training in Somatic Experiencing and have a degree in Psychology. I have found the addition of somatic techniques to my art therapy practice really useful in helping the body to process and assimilate the changes that take place psychologically. This offers a truly bottom-up approach through lived experiences. I have a private practice in Bologna where I offer art therapy for adults, teenagers and children. I mainly do individual sessions but I also offer therapy for couples and run an art therapy group for adults (in Italian). Areas of experience include: trauma, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and difficulties with sexual intimacy. My practice is LGBTQ friendly and I have specific experience in helping teenagers and young adults who are feeling confused about their sexual orientation find their colour in the rainbow. I also work with psychiatric patients with diagnoses such as psychosis, schizophrenia, borderline and other personality disorders. During my training, I undertook 4 years work experience with the Mental Health Centre in San Lazzaro with both children and adults. From 2016 to 2020 I ran 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 three research groups: art therapy with children aged 0-6 yrs old, art therapy in the field of adoption and foster children and art therapy in prisons. I have held groups with unaccompanied minors (child refugees) and I do volunteer work as a therapist with Bologna’s Woman’s Refuge Centre and survivors of domestic violence. Currently, I run an annual art therapy group in the female section of Bologna’s adult detention centre. From 2014-18, I ran the first art therapy group in Italy to be dedicated to LGBTQIA+ service users.
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.
- CredentialsArt Psychotherapist registered in the UK with the HCPC (no. AS16144); Art Therapist registered in Italy with ApiArt (no. 397); diploma in Art Therapy from Art Therapy Italiana; Italian University Degree in Psychology; Diploma in Sensorimotor Art Therapy
- AddressVia Camillo Oblach, 6
- More InfoPhone: 00 39 3485839559Client Focus:
- Children (6 to 10)
- Couples Therapy
- Academic Issues
Nationality: British and Irish (Italian citizenship pending)Accepts insurance: yesInsurance Details: To the best of my knowledge, Italian health insurance will not cover Art Therapy but if your insurance policy will cover costs I have no problem with this.
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