Julia Smith, MA
I provide a safe and non-judgemental space where my clients can choose to use art materials to support a better understanding of themselves. I consider myself a psychodynamic therapist, helping you discover meaning of current distress or patterns through the artwork you create and its relationship to past relationships and experiences. The nonverbal nature of artmaking can help to make therapy more accessible to those who have difficulty making sense of their emotions or would just like a new way of identifying hurdles and building confidence.
I have done individual and group work with children and adolescents in mainstream and alternative education provisions dealing with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as more complex mental health such as personality disorders, eating disorders and depression. I have also worked with older adults with dementia in a care home.
Before qualifying as an art therapist, I worked primarily in community and residential settings with adults with disabilities and mental health difficulties. I often found myself engaging clients in artmaking and was drawn to art therapy from the shared appreciation of artmaking and its ability to connect people.
Areas of Special Interest
• Autism spectrum
• Learning difficulties
• Eating disorders
• Anxiety, depression & low mood
• Adult mental health
• Older adults & dementia
Qualifications and Professional Registrations
– MA in Art Psychotherapy, University of Roehampton
– BFA Studio Art specialising in painting, drawing and printmaking, University of Minnesota Duluth
– Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
– The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Mobile: +44 7851 967485
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