My work explores the nature of relationships. In my clinical work as a psychotherapist I am required to form incredibly intimate yet boundaried and contained therapeutic relationships with clients. The basic tenets of the therapeutic relationship and my beliefs about my engagement with the therapeutic space and my role within it have been challenged by my work with both victims of child sexual abuse and child sex offenders.
My systemic work supporting families of both offenders and victims of child sexual abuse further leads me to question relationships in terms of the systems we come from and become part of. This refers me to my own relationships, personally, clinically and with my own art-making and how they have been impacted by the systems past and present in my life.
As an art therapist I believe that the art process and product are unique in creating a container for that which is unsayable. Similarly, as a psychotherapist I act as the container for my clients. I am the holding space. As such my work is multi-layered, seeking to mirror the dynamic essence of systems and relationships and my various roles within these. In engaging with my process I seek to explore and repair.
Attachment, Nest Series, 2016
Bearing Witness, 2015