Art Therapist/Art Therapy Trainees
Violeta Camarero is an enthusiastic, grounded and loving art therapist trainee on her last year of training at Hertfordshire University (UK). Violeta is training to facilitate art therapy sessions for people to positively explore their mental health and wellbeing in order to learn to cope better with issues arising and gain emotional resiliency. After qualifying as a product design engineer in Saragossa University (Spain) she moved to England in 2012 and discovered that her call was to do creative work with different people. Violeta started working with learners with learning difficulties as a support worker and as a teacher. She was able to build on this experience in her subsequent training as an art therapist. Since then Violeta has been working with children and adolescents in education as well as in the National Health Service in London. Violeta is a genuine believer that showing up for ourselves through making art brings self awareness and healing.
Emilija Mecelicaite was born in Lithuania and has spent the last 9 years living in between the UK, Norway, Spain and Lithuania. She received her MA in Art Therapy from The University of Hertfordshire (2018) and MA in Philosophy from The University of Glasgow (2014). Emilija facilitates individual and group art therapy sessions. She has experience working with adults in an addiction treatment centre, and with children in community and school settings. Emilija sees art as a universal tool for communication and expression, with powerful healing potential. She is passionate about work in communities; creating safe space for others’ inner journey of self-knowledge, connection and empowerment. In her own art Emilija uses clay, inks, watercolours, oil pastels and pens. She often allows materials to lead, later discovering and highlighting forms that arise. Thus, chaos moves into structure, and mess into meaning.
Janine Simpson MA art psychotherapy trainee at The University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.