Paolo Plotegher, PhD
My approach as an art therapist is psychodynamic and person-centred: my way of working is empathic, non-judgmental and exploratory. I bring relationships at the core of the therapeutic process, and I see my role as empowering people in their journey of healing. I consider central to art therapy the potential of creativity and non-verbal communication to repair damage, process traumas and nurture relationships.
As an art therapist I have worked with adults in therapeutic communities, homeless hostels, NHS hospitals and forensic settings, and with young people in their home, in schools and within the community. I have experience with one-to-one sessions, open and closed group settings, with setting up art therapy provisions and offering art therapy workshops to groups and organisations.
Areas of special interest:
• Adult mental health
• Child and adolescent services
• LGBTQ+ / GSRD
• Migrants and refugees
• Homelessness and social exclusion
• Mobile art therapy services
• Therapeutic Communities
• Outdoor environmental art therapy
• Institutional Analysis and work with organisations
I have a long-term interest in systemic practice and social justice, and a passion for working affirmatively with GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity), countering discrimination and celebrating difference.
I have worked with people of different age, class and ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, cis and transgender, neurodiverse, and people with chronic pain and disability. I have worked with social exclusion, addiction, depression, anxiety, complex post traumatic disorders, dementia, psychosis, always moving from a “what’s wrong with you” to a “what happened to you” approach, helping people addressing their worries as well as fostering collective resilience.
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