Art Psychotherapist


I am an Art Psychotherapist trained both in Germany (Dipl.) and in the UK (MA) and currently practice in mainstream and specialist education in Hertfordshire and North London, however, I also engage internationally.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, I have worked within a large NGO providing Art Therapy for vulnerable children and young people from the Inner city of Johannesburg. Furthermore, I have initiated a project with refugees and local communities near Stuttgart, Germany, that aims at long-term integration and the creation of a space for cross-cultural dialogue.

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Although I have been working therapeutically with individuals from diverse backgrounds with a wide range of challenges (psychiatric and non-clinical settings), I feel as passionate as when I began my journey into the profession over a decade ago.


My aim is to enable every client to access their own potential through creativity and to encourage personal growth by providing a safe, non-threatening and non-judgemental space.


My theoretical orientation is based on psychodynamic and object relations theory, however, also complemented by my previous humanistic, person-centred and cognitive/behavioural approaches, giving me a rich ‘tool box’ to allow me to meet each client’s particular needs best.


The high value of each individual’s unique creative expression is reflected in my approach to my own practice as an artist. It is my belief that creativity in the therapeutic space can be a way to explore difference, to negotiate interpersonal boundaries and to experiment with new ways of being.

What is
art therapy?

Art therapy is a therapeutic technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Art, either the process of creating it or viewing others’ artworks, is used to help people address issues which may be confusing and distressing. As a form of psychotherapy, creative media are used to explore emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, boost self-esteem, and work on social skills.

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As Art therapists we work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. It can be provided in groups or individually, depending on each client’s needs. Service-users may have a wide range of difficulties or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.


A containing therapeutic relationship is established between the client/s and the facilitator/s to become a trusting, safe and supportive environment where long-lasting and sustainable change can happen.


Throughout history and across cultures, engaging with the arts when facing challenges and adverse life experiences has been proven to enable personal growth and instil hope.


We help to achieve
your goals.

‘Hanna has made a big impact on our children in a short space of time. Her calm and friendly manner puts the children at ease from the beginning.’

C. Slack

Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Watford

‘She has a remarkable ability to tune into the best way of supporting her patients. `{`…`}` She is very present in her work, has a sunny personality and `{`…`}` a natural ability to thoughtfully analyse both herself and her work with patients.’

A. Florschutz MA

Acting Manager, Supervisor and Art Therapist, Kent/Sussex

‘Hanna worked with my partner at the time whilst he was in rehabilitation from a serious head injury. We are forever grateful for Hanna in allowing us to get a glimpse into his inner world, whilst giving him a passion that has improved his quality of life after a debilitating accident.’

B. G.


Is art therapy
for me?

Do you or the client group
you’re caring for (pupils, patients etc.) …

  • Struggle with verbally expressing themselves?
  • Experience prolonged mental health issues, such as depression, panic attacks etc?
  • Have difficulty processing changes in your/their home/work environments?
  • Have a bereavement in your/their family, community or other social contexts?
  • Feel over-worked and stressed at work or in your family?

… Art Therapy might be useful for you!

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Hanna Leipold
073 95830464

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