Kim Harrison

Location: Saddleworth (Greater Manchester) and online


Specialises in:
– Environmental art therapy and nature based mindfulness
– Autism
– Adult mental health
– Child and parent sessions 


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Kim Harrison
Art Therapist

*Please note that I am now offering online sessions. Contact me for full details.

Kim offers outdoor environmental art therapy sessions in natural surroundings, or incorporating nature into online sessions. Exploring our connection to the natural world and its rhythms can lead us into greater wholeness. Sessions can be for individual adults, groups, or families together.

Come on an adventure to rediscover your playful creativity. Grow wild and free with your child, or your inner child, and perhaps find new ways of being.

Specialises in:
– Environmental (outdoor) art therapy and nature-based mindfulness
– Autism
– Child and parent (dyadic) sessions
– Adult mental health

“My practice is holistically focused, influenced by my psychodynamic, Jungian and nature connection trainings. I see the whole person, integrating all aspects of the self; mental, emotional, spiritual and physical. I am passionate about recognising individuality and uniqueness, which I believe can be explored via artwork and non-conventional creativity. Artistic skill isn’t the focus, expressing yourself is.”

Kim’s approach is non-directive and client-led, allowing flexible working within each individuals capacity. Depending on clients needs and wishes, she can incorporate environmental art therapy (working outdoors in nature), mindfulness, breath work, and dreamwork.

Kim focuses mainly on young children, especially primary and early years as she believes in the effectiveness of early intervention. This work centres around child development and attachment. Kim currently also works in outdoor early years education.

“I have witnessed art therapy and being out in nature empowering people, offering opportunities to take risks, to exert control, to be playful, to be experts in their lives and to explore and understand their inner/outer worlds, feelings and experiences. This can lead to increased resilience, increased academic performance, and decreased challenging behaviour.”

She has several years experience working therapeutically within primary schools and voluntary childcare organisations. She has seven years of support and play work experience with autistic children and young adults. She also recently spent one year co-facilitating a day-long weekly open studio group for adult refugees and asylum seekers.

Key skills and approach:

  • Commitment to own artistic practice and creative skills.
  • Empathetic and understanding.
  • Listening to clients needs – the client is the expert in their own life, helping them tap into their own self knowledge.
  • A calm, quiet, patient presence.
  • Reliability and punctuality.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Non-judgemental, heart-centred approach incorporating all aspects of the self (spiritual, emotional, mental, physical).
  • Organising and curating exhibitions.

Kim completed a BA (Hons) in Fine art and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art, then went on to complete a MA in Art Psychotherapy at Roehampton University.

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Workshops and Events:

  • Drop-in nature for wellbeing discovery group
    A weekly community space to drop in (with no commitment) where we can expand our explorations together. Including nature-based guided relaxation, gentle breathwork & expanding our sensory awareness to come into mindful presence, with the aim of enhancing wellbeing, easing stress and anxiety.
    Beginning 21st January. Two days per week: Thursdays 10-11:30am and a mixture of Saturdays/Sundays 3:30-5pm

  • Nature-based Self Care series
    Unpacking how nature connection can resource us at a much deeper level. Exploring the qualities and gifts offered within natural symbolism, cycles and
    seasons and the benefits of attuning to and responding to these in our everyday lives.
    Three part series. Each session will build on the last so a commitment to attending all three is necessary.
    Saturday 30th January, 6th February, 13th February 15:30-17:30pm.

  • New Year reflections/hopes: Personal growth & self care in uncertain times
    Gentle guided meditations and creative activities reflecting on the huge shifts Covid imposed on all of us in 2020. Then turning to look forwards, dreaming into the future, clarifying hopes and aspirations for 2021.
    Choice of 2 dates/times: Either Thurs 28th Jan 19:00-21:00pm, or Sun 24th Jan 15:30-17:30pm.

  • Elemental journey
    Five part series focusing on amplifying our connection to the elements (water, earth, fire, air, spirit/ether), and how this can bring us into deeper relationship with the interconnectedness of all life and the animate earth.
    Throughout we will explore ways to ease stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and generally support your wellbeing.***
    This is a 5 part series, a commitment to attending all sessions is advisable.
    Running on 5 consecutive Saturdays 15:30-17:30 – 20th, 27th Feb, 6th, 13th, 20th March.

  • Oldham Library Healthy New Year Festival:
    I am also offering a few free nature based wellbeing sessions via Oldham Library in January as part of their Healthy New Year festival. For local residents only.
    See my website events page for details (TBC – will be between 14-16th January)

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Statement about Kim’s own art practice:
“My personal artistic practice has always been a source of therapeutic release and forms a large part of my self-care regime. I keep a sketchbook journal where I also record my dreams. My artwork varies depending both on my mood and the setting. When out in nature I create sculptures using found objects, leaving them for the elements to disperse. Indoors, I sketch and paint using mixed media, usually focusing on expression of emotion via colour. These abstract beginnings often form loose, externalised inner landscapes.”

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