Adolescents, adults, couples.
Areas of Special Interest
Schizophrenia, Personality Disorder, Trauma and abuse, Addictions, Personal Growth, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Forensic Population, Mental Health
I'm an experienced art therapist who has worked in different countries and in a variety of settings. I have found art to be an effective medium with my clients, especially when working pre and non-verbally. So many of our thoughts and emotions we struggle to put into words. Through the process of art-making and triangulation, clients are able to recognise their unconscious communication and behaviour in a non-threatening way. Art can also be a way of recording clients' progress throughout therapy and this evidence can be useful for both clients and therapist.
Sometimes we don't quite know what drives our behaviours despite our best attempts at making sense of them. Or we may find ourselves unable to answer questions of life that seemed so pertinent to us, such as when something 'bad' happens to us and we wonder why; or when nothing 'bad' is happening to us and we wonder why we aren't happy, etc. Depth psychology can be very useful in bringing light to these unconscious contents.
My training is in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Based on my personal inclination, I work largely from a Jungian framework. With individuation as the goal of psychotherapy, I believe in guiding clients to reach their potential through analysis of their past experiences to identify patterns and ways of coming to terms with them.
Registrations and Professional Memberships
- Registered Art Therapist
- Member Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapy Association (ANZACATA)
- Creative Therapies Association Aotearoa (CTAA)
- ACC Registered Counsellor
- Master of Arts in Art Psychotherapy (Goldsmiths College, London, UK)
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Background and Experience
I have worked in both Singapore and New Zealand as an art therapist. In Singapore, my first job was with the Institute of Mental Health in the Dangerous and Violent ward within forensic mental health. I then worked for The Red Pencil, a humanitarian NGO, offering art psychotherapy to clients with sexual and physical abuse, war zone PTSD, poverty, suicide prevention, conduct disorder and family members with incarcerated loved ones. In New Zealand, I worked for the Department of Corrections, helping clients understand themselves better so they can move on to a better life.