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Mirella Issaias

Mirella IssaiasHCPC registered Art Psychotherapist (The Health Care and Professions Council) and member of BAAT, (British Association of Art Therapists)

BA (Hons) Visual Communication Design
MA Art Psychotherapy
Available for online sessions only

I have been using art as a form of expression my whole life. As soon as I could make marks, I realised I could communicate and make sense of both my inner world, and the world around me. Essentially that is what Art Therapy is all about. Throughout my life, my Art education, my Psychotherapy training, my work in various fields, I have witnessed, time and time again, how powerful and healing Art Therapy can be to communicate the non-verbal, the unsaid, the unspeakable, the painful, the traumatic, the secrets, the inner world, the anguish, all through image making in a safe, calm, nurturing and containing space.

I am a registered and accredited Arts Psychotherapist with 25 years of experience, (since 1996), working in the field of the Arts, Education and Mental Health. I have extensive experience of working with Children and Adolescents, and their families, in education, the voluntary sector, for social enterprises and within a number of charities. I also have a private practice in two different London locations. I am experienced in working both short and long-term with a wide range of emotional, behavioural and mental health challenges. Some of these include anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, attachment disorders, trauma and abuse. I have also worked extensively with clients with learning difficulties or neurodevelopmental differences, such as Autism.

My approach is integrative, warm, authentic, empathic and non-judgemental. My clients and I develop meaningful therapeutic relationships, to develop a shared understanding of what has brought them to therapy, and how we can make sense of the feelings and difficulties that they may be experiencing. Not every session needs to include image-making, but I encourage it, by way of accessing one’s inner guidance. It also enables clients to tap into their creativity, and unleash something inside that had previously been suppressed or ignored. Images provide a focus, but do not need to be explained or analysed. The process of image-making is what is important, and images are given a space to be acknowledged, a safe space to exist, to be observed, to be understood and accepted in all their forms.

Art Therapy gives each of us the opportunity for exploration and the means of communication in a non-verbal way. There are a number of ways of being creative in our sessions. People often mistake art therapy for ‘Art analysis’ and come to sessions concerned that they do not possess any artistic skill. This is not necessary, nor required. I am passionate about my work and feel privileged to have worked with so many cultures, genders, sexual orientations and religions over the years. Being heard, being understood and being truly seen is what ultimately aids the healing and success of the therapeutic intervention. Each person that I work with brings their own unique lived experience to therapy, and I tailor my approach in an integrative, creative way to meet your needs. My training enables me to draw on a range of theories and techniques, but ultimately what informs me on how to work with my clients is the unique relationship that is established with each individual – with you.

Contact: mirella@arttherapycentre.com

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