I ran the LGBTQI dedicated art therapy group 'Punto d'Incontro from 2014 - 2018 at Bologna's LGBTQI centre.
The group is now closed but you are welcome to join my general Art Therapy Group that is still running or contact me for individual sessions.
'All psychotherapy is based on a theory - explicit or implicit, conscious or unconscious - of how people should be. In evaluating and working with clients, one is inevitably drawing on a sense of what is a desirable and appropriate state.' Psychotherapist Nick Totton argues that all forms of therapy are in themselves political because the therapist's studio is 'a place where power is exercised and challenged, as therapists try to influence the lives of their clients and the clients accept, resist or do both. Clients' problems can only be understood in a broader socio-political context, in which different forces are trying to influence their lives.'
As an LGBTQI art therapist, it is a fundamental part of my work that I strive at all times to work beyond the sphere of judgement of good and bad choices. We have internalised so many social, cultural and religious judgements that it becomes difficult to find our own self amongst them. When I react to defy, I am no more my self than when I act to comply. When a client comes to me because they are unsure of their sexuality or their gender or they feel pressured into coming out, there is normally an internal battle being fought between notions of right and wrong. Once this pressure is removed, most people can find the answers easily for themselves.
What my clients say:
"I started the group with no particular expectations and almost by chance, in order to work as much as possible on myself and my identity. I was truly pleased with the experience: the group represented a safe and judgment-free space for me, in which I started experimenting with my gender identity as a transsexual boy. I felt totally accepted and this allowed me to grow and develop through the art-works, and more than this. I am grateful to Rivkah for the opportunity and for her rare level of sensitivity, thanks to which I knew I could open myself completely. I certainly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to work on themselves without prejudice and with respect for their own and others' limitations. "
(participant of the art therapy group Punto D'Incontro : 2016-2017 and 2017-2018)
""I met Rebecca Hetherington when I decided to try an art therapy group, which I joined almost by chance, at the age of 22. Right from the beginning, the world of everything I could not say was opened up and magically appeared, expressing itself through my drawings. Finally I could get close to what was unsaid, to what needed alternative ways to be expressed. It certainly made me make big steps forward in self-awareness, in a safe, stable and fun environment. After the group had finished, I moved to another city where I immediately looked for other Art Therapy group: I felt the need for it and I really missed the group. Having now had experiences with other art therapists, I can assure everyone that Rebecca has remarkable sensitivity and delicacy. "
(participant of the art therapy group Punto D'Incontro : 2014-2015)
My Art Therapy diploma thesis was specifically dedicated to my work with my LGBTQI clients.