welcome to my
art therapist & artist
Creativity and its impact intrigue me and I constantly search for alternative ways of combining my practice as an Artist, Art Psychotherapist, and Artist Researcher.
I love working with people who need a little bit of additional help in life. I’ve spent years doing award-winning creative projects with children and adolescents who experience trauma and have difficult lives. My training means that I am able to work with many people who might experience a variety of needs. I have additional experience and interest in trauma, pregnancy loss and art therapy in the workplace. As co-founder of Creative collaborative, I also work on various creative research development and evaluation projects and national arts strategies.
I bring art therapy and creative experiences to many different environments and enjoy spaces that respond to the people I work with. Themes of identity and home are important to me because they are consistently revisited by the people that I work with. I am particularly interested that meaningful therapeutic opportunities may exist in a variety of perhaps previously unconsidered places.
I often work with galleries including the internationally renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Where my exhibition Fly Away Home is currently exhibited on long term loan.
THE FINE PRINT
I am a registered practicing art psychotherapist and a graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts. A Northland (NZ) born multitasker I am also an artist, photographer, consultant, and educator. My career as an artist and in socially engaged art has spanned the last seventeen years. I am a published book designer and author.
I am employed as an art psychotherapist for Waitemata DHB and as a restorative justice facilitator for Auckland Restorative Justice Trust. I am accredited to work with domestic violence and I offer professional supervision. Additionally, I advise on the Whitecliffe Arts Therapy Masters course where I also both guest lecture and supervise students.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Dr Shane Reti (QSM)
‘Asha easily bridges cross cultural and cross generational divides with a calm comfort
that lends itself to reassurance and experience. Put simply, Asha understands the health needs of NZers’
‘You have a natural talent for this type of work. One that is rare and that we have not seen before’