Trained at Canada’s University of Toronto, Concordia University and Goldsmiths University of London, Julia is an HCPC registered Art Therapist, Founder of Collective Arts and Co-founder of Art & Soul (charity number 1173268) (www.artandsoul.org.uk). 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 research at the International Meaning Conference in Toronto and the International Culture, Health and Well-being Conference in Bristol.
Over the years, Julia has designed and delivered hundreds of arts for well-being workshops for a diverse range of populations, including women with breast cancer, school children, 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, included the creative contributions of over 2,000 participants), experimental art exhibitions, pop-up exhibitions, curatorial activities and group and individual art therapy.