Trained at Canada’s University of Toronto, Concordia University and Goldsmiths University of London, Julia is an HCPC registered Art Therapist and Founder of Collective Arts. An interest in the links between positive psychology and visual art led Julia to complete an MSc (with distinction) in positive psychology (MAPP). She has since published and presented her arts for wellbeing research at national and international conferences.
Over the years, Julia has designed and delivered hundreds of arts for wellbeing workshops for women with breast cancer, perinatal wellbeing, school children, young people, carers and young carers, families and individuals with moderate to severe mental health challenges. Both positive psychology and a deep understanding of the multi-layered language of visual imagery play a central role in all of her project designs.
Julia’s other activities include visual image-based, team-development workshops, large-scale community engagement projects (The Community Portrait, currently archived at the Museum of London, involved the creative contributions of over 2,000 participants), experimental art exhibitions, pop-up exhibitions, curatorial activities and group and individual art therapy. Julia’s most recent initiative #WhenWePaused is a virtual, visual time capsule exploring where we find meaning and solace during the global coronavirus pandemic.