Hanna Leipold, MA
*Please note that Hanna is now offering online sessions. Get in touch for full details.
Hanna is an Art Psychotherapist trained both in Germany (Dipl.) and in the UK (MA). She is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
She currently practices in mainstream and specialist education (Pupil Referral Unit) in Hertfordshire and North London, however, also engages internationally. In Johannesburg, South Africa, she has worked within a large NGO providing Art Therapy for vulnerable children and young people from the Inner city of Johannesburg. Furthermore, she initiated a project with refugees and local communities near Stuttgart, Germany, that aims at long-term integration and the creation of a space for cross-cultural dialogue.
Although she has been working therapeutically with individuals from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of challenges (psychiatric and non-clinical settings), she feels as passionate as when she began her journey into the profession over a decade ago.
Her aim is to enable every client to access their own potential through creativity and to encourage personal growth through providing a safe, non-threatening and non-judgemental space.
Her theoretical orientation is based on psychodynamic and object relations theory, however, also complemented by her previous humanistic, person-centred and cognitive/behavioural approaches, giving her a rich ‘tool box’ to allow her to meet each client’s particular needs best.
The high value of each individual’s unique creative expression is reflected in her approach to her own practice as an artist. It is her belief that creativity in the therapeutic space can be a way to explore difference, to negotiate interpersonal boundaries and to experiment with new ways of being.
Areas of special interest:
- Children and Adolescents
- Education (mainstream and special needs)
- Neuro-rehabilitation and neurological conditions
- Culturally-responsive practice in diverse communities
- Complex trauma
- Adult Mental Health (acute and secondary services)
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