Art Therapy with Light from Africa Foundation

2Tessa Whyatt is the Outreach Manager for the Light from Africa Foundation and is a fully qualified Art Therapist with a Masters from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Tessa has been working with several NGOs in Cape Town since 2010, and with LFAF since 2012. Her speciality is working with children, and she is also a practicing ceramic artist. Thus she is the ideal person to manage and run the clay based Art Therapy at Art in

Tessa Whyatt is the Outreach Manager for the Light from Africa Foundation and is a fully qualified Art Therapist with a Masters from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK. She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Tessa has been working with several NGOs in Cape Town since 2010, and with LFAF since 2012. Her speciality is working with children, and she is also a practicing ceramic artist. Thus she is the ideal person to manage and run the clay based Art Therapy at Art in1The workshops are aimed at building resilience in the children we work with. These children are all coming from complex families and communities. Each has to deal with many social problems that make them extremely vulnerable, and undermine efforts to help them become healthy, educated adults. The workshops we offer at Art in the Forest build self confidence and self esteem. Tessa focuses on encouraging children to find their own inner strength and coping strategies, such that they can grow as individuals. She creates a safe, relaxing and supportive space for children to explore their feelings.

Art Therapy is healing; a creative activity that is life enhancing. The emphasis is on communicating through the art making process. Clay is used as a processing tool to reflect upon and explore difficult thoughts and feelings. Tessa also incorporates painting and drawing activities, movement, breath-work and discussion into the sessions. She encourages children to use the art to tell their stories. The time and attention put into nurturing each child is always appreciated, and the feedback from past attendees has been extremely positive.3