"Be really whole and all things will come to you."

Lao-Tzu

Meet Joanna Tan

Senior Art Psychotherapist | Clinical Supervisor | Educator | Group Facilitator | Retreat Facilitator | Artist

 

Joanna Tan holds a Masters in Art Psychotherapy from Edith Cowan University (WA) and received training in Creative Arts Therapies, Group work, Play Therapy, Sand-Tray Therapy, Clinical Supervision, Dreamwork, Psycho-Spirituality, MiCBT (Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and MSC (Mindfulness Self Compassion). She is also an EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is adept at working with people who have experienced trauma.

Joanna offers a non-judgmental and relational approach which is accepting, open-minded, sensitive and respectful of the values and belief systems of her clients. 

 

She has worked with adults, youths and children of diverse backgrounds and range of issues. Those who struggle with loss, anxiety, gender identity, life transition, depression, eating disorders, those who experienced trauma, abuse, illness and other forms of dis-ease. She has also worked with the elderly and people facing end of life issues.

 

Art therapy also benefits individuals who would like to experience self exploration discovery and Joanna is passionate about facilitating the creative process in people in order to achieve a greater sense of personal well-being. She values workshop both the individual in one-to-one consultation and also values working in group, using art therapy in workshops, courses and retreats.

After graduating and working in Australia, Joanna was appointed Clinical Supervisor of the first cohort of students graduating with the Masters of Art Therapy from Lasalle School of the Arts. She has been a pioneering influence in Singapore having written the code of ethics for local art therapists and taken up leadership positions in ANZATA (Australia New Zealand Art Therapy Association) and ATAS (Art Therapy Association of Singapore) in the early years. She has presented in conferences and given workshops in Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. She continues in private practice to conduct professional training and clinical supervision for therapists, counsellors and those in the helping profession.

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

Rumi 

"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and the pupil are located in the same individual."

Arthur Koestler