Yafit Nahari

HPC registered
BAAT registered
private practitioner

Mondays 4:30 – 8:30pm
Please note: Yafit is currently on maternity leave

Combining my love and experience of arts with my training in psychotherapy, I qualified as an art therapist from Lesley University in 2008. Dedicated to understanding the impact of early years on the formation of emotional patterns and resilience, I am also now undertaking post-graduate training in child development at the Tavistock Centre.

I gained experience working with various age groups: children, parent-child dyads, adolescents and adults both in the UK and Israel.

In my work with parent-child dyads (Under 5 and young children) I invite parent and child to share the production of an artwork. Aiming to reinforce parent-child bonding, both carer and child experiment with various art materials together with emphasis on reciprocity in the creative process. I also work with non-verbal children or children with language delays, communication disorders and developmental delays, offering an alternative expressive route through the arts.

Working with adolescents and young people with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties in an educational setting, I offer creative avenues such as painting, sculpture, photography, video, guided imagery and play as a means of support and working through changes and difficult times.

© Yafit NahariAdditionally, at the Bayberry Clinic Recovery Centre, I offer group and individual art therapy for adults, particularly health care professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and psychotherapists), in recovery from substance dependency and mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression, trauma and eating disorders. I have also created and applied creative therapeutic processes in the field of adult traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation.

I strongly believe in the unique effect of the arts in the process of discovering ourselves and gaining understanding that often cannot be put into words. The arts are a way of letting go and expressing oneself in a safe and supportive setting aimed at facilitating growth and healing.

I mainly practice a person-centered approach. Creative journeys are led by visualisations and encourage the emergence of significant images and symbols from the unconscious as well as free associations in response to the visual material. My theoretical frames of reference are object relations, psychodynamic theory and attachment theory.

My private practice is based at the London Art Therapy Centre and Queens Park area (NW6, NW10).