Pia is a UKCP registered integrative arts psychotherapist and author, drawing upon a range of creative and reflective tools to support her clients through their personal journeys. She builds upon 25 years of group work with a range of audiences, ages and cultures, weaving together arts psychotherapy with a previous background in advertising, qualitative/social research and creative facilitation. From September, her practice will be based at Studio 34, Bickerton House, Archway Studios, North London.
With a Masters and Diploma from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), Pia has clinical experience in hospitals and schools, including Place 2 Be, Kids Company, Homerton and Newham Hospital, in its miscarriage and stillbirth unit. Pia worked with Women + Health Community Centre in Camden to create an innovative counselling and body therapy programme to support pregnant women and mothers for birth and beyond. Pia’s TEDx talk, The Heroine’s Journey, shows some of her thinking on art as a compass in times of transition.
In addition to her art therapy, Pia is a published author. Her series of Therapeutic Fairy Tales, and Manual on the therapeutic use of storybooks, created in collaboration with artist, Sarah Pimenta from Social Fabric, comes out this August 2020, published by Speechmark, Routledge.
Pia also designed Sometimes I Feel, a creative story-card resource to support children and adults in exploring and recognising a range of positive and challenging feelings.
In 2017, Pia worked alongside creative director, Eugene Hughes, and film director, Ben Mallaby, as story director on artgym’s award-winning documentary The Moving Theatre. The Moving Theatre follows four real-life migrant storytellers, and plays back life-changing moments of their journeys through the use of theatre and puppetry.
In March 2018, The Moving Theatre was voted best documentary at the National Film Awards.