About

Kimberly Hetherington | Art Therapy with Kimberly

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

As you might’ve already guessed, my name is Kimberly Hetherington. I am from North Vancouver, Canada and currently live in Sydney, Australia.

While I identify as a Canadian, I spent a large part of my childhood outside of Canada. My father was an enthusiastic Diplomat, thirsty for travel, so I spent a lot of time moving around the world. I was raised in Pakistan, Egypt, Ghana, Jamaica, Ukraine, and of course, Canada. I’m what is referred to as a ‘Third Culture Kid.‘ While this nomadic lifestyle certainly had its perks, it wasn’t short of its challenges.

pictures of my childhood as a third culture kid | Kimberly Hetherington
Pictures of my childhood. From top left: Pakistan, Egypt, Jamaica, Ottawa, Ghana, and Ukraine.

In early 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa. By that point, I had lived in Ottawa longer than I’d ever lived anywhere in my entire life and I was craving an adventure. My dad was living in Beijing, China so I decided to stay with him and find a job teaching English. I planned to stay three months and then return to get a Master of Psychology. I ended up staying in China for two and a half years. In 2015, my dad informed me that he would be posted to New Delhi, India. I wasn’t sure whether it was best to return home to Canada, stay in China, or continue travelling. I’d always dreamed of living in Australia so I decided to apply for a Working Holiday Visa and, well, the rest is history.

My interest in human behaviour and helping people developed from a young age. Feeling like an outsider and craving a sense of belonging in always changing world gave me superpower abilities to blend into any environment. It’s taken many years of self-acceptance and self-discovery to feel comfortable enough to not only be myself, but to understand who I am underneath all the layers of who I needed to be.

I was also raised alongside an incredibly talented and compassionate sister, Elizabeth, who suffered from debilitating cycles of depression and addiction. Her intensity of emotional experiences taught me the value in non-judgemental listening, when all I wanted to do was solve and fix. I simply could not bare to see her in pain, and that feeling of helplessness is a deep wound that I still feel to this day. I owe her more than words can explain for being my sister, and for ultimately teaching me the importance of life. On October 13th, 2013 my sister died. She was only 26 years old. Her loss pierced through the layers of beliefs and foundations on which I saw the world. It led me on a journey towards understanding my own mortality and seeking answers through spirituality.

I believe that art can be a powerful tool for processing grief and loss in all of its forms. Art therapy has played a huge role in my own healing journey, particularly in a group format. I believe having the chance to reflect, process and create with others increases resilience and feelings of belonging.

Art is a refuge. It can help clear the way and tap into something greater than ourselves.


Qualifications

  • Diploma of Meditation Facilitation
    (Meditation Teacher Training College, Sydney, Australia. March 2021)
  • Advanced Diploma Transpersonal Art Therapy & Counselling
    (College of Complementary Medicine, Sydney, Australia. August 2020)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
    (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. March 2013)

Professional Development

  • Griefline, Volunteer Counsellor, 2020
  • Mental Health First Aid Officer, 2021
  • Solution Focused Therapy Training, 2019
  • Bereaved from Suicide, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, 2019

Membership & Insurance

International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) & BMS