About

Kimberly Hetherington | Art Therapy with Kimberly

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”
– Carl Jung

Hello and welcome to my website.

As you might be able to tell, my name is Kimberly. I’m a creative writer and Art Therapist living in Sydney, Australia.

I was born in the beautiful mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Even though I spent only about a month there at birth, I still consider Vancouver my home. That crisp mountain air smells like heaven, and nothing relaxes me quite as much as being in mountains. My father was a Canadian Diplomat so my childhood was spent nomadically moving around the world. While I was born in Canada, I was raised in Pakistan, Egypt, Ghana, Jamaica, and Ukraine.

In my final years of high school my family moved to Ottawa, Canada where I went on to pursue my interest in human behaviour and studied a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Carleton University. After graduation, I moved to China for what was meant to be three months but turned into two and a half years. In 2015, I applied for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia and well, I never left!

My personal relationship with therapy began on October 13th, 2013 – the day my sister died. This has forced me on my own journey of healing and gaining a deeper understanding of my own mortality. The death of my sister pierced through layers of beliefs and foundations on which I saw the world. Life, I realised, was incredibly fragile. Suddenly the line between life and death became microscopically thin. It was the first time of my life I began to think beyond my atheist upbringing. I became curious about my spirituality and what it means to really live. My own personal experiences with loss and grief have shaped me into being the person I am today.

Grief and loss are a part of life. Even if we do not lose the ones we love the most, we still grieve. It comes in many shapes and forms.

I believe that art can be a powerful tool for processing these difficult emotions and gaining perspective. Whether it’s a loss as core as our loved ones or moving to a new city, we all have to go through loss. Art is always there. It can help clear the way for healing, self-discovery and resilience by tapping into something greater than ourselves.


Qualifications

  • Adv. Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy & Counselling. (College of Complementary Medicine, Sydney, Australia. Current student)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology. (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. 2013)

Professional Development

  • Griefline, Volunteer Counsellor, 2020 – present.
  • Mental Health First Aid Officer, 2019
  • Solution Focused Therapy Training, 2019
  • Bereaved from Suicide, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, 2019

Membership & Insurance

International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT)