Joanna Parker, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist
Joanna Parker is a UKCP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist MA, qualified supervisor and trainer who trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She has worked clinically with both adults and children in a range of settings for the past thirteen years including schools, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), a range of voluntary sector organisations, as well as in private practice. Jo has been the Young Oasis Lead for a ten year period, managing a multi-disciplinary team supporting infants, children, young people and parent/carers affected by familial drug or alcohol misuse. Jo has specialised in working with vulnerable families where safeguarding issues are an ongoing concern. In 2016 she was the winner of Adfam’s Gary Seaman Award celebrating outstanding commitment from practitioners supporting families. One of her successful initiatives was the development of a programme of Outdoor Holiday Art Groups, collaborating with local artists, local galleries and organisations such as South East Dance and Brighton and Sussex universities. From this came the Art of Attachment, a high profile arts project funded by Wellcome and the Arts Council researching attachment. Jo is now based in London and is in a new role as Child and Family Therapist at PAC-UK, working with adoptive parents and their children. Before training as a Psychotherapist, she studied Fine Art (BA Hons). The use of traditional, as well as less typical, art materials, underpins her therapeutic approach.