About

Art Therapy with Kimberly | Kimberly Hetherington | About Me

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

I was born in the beautiful mountains of North Vancouver, Canada, and I currently live in Sydney, Australia.

My father was a Canadian Diplomat so I spent most of my childhood living around the world. I was raised in Pakistan, Egypt, Ghana, Jamaica, Ukraine, and Canada. I’m what is referred to as a ‘Third Culture Kid.’

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 my Masters in 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 Sydney, Australia so I decided to apply for a Working Holiday Visa and well, here I am!

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 is still felt to this very 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 living a more spiritual life. It’s like the latin phrase, memento mori, remembering that one day I’ll be dead helps me steer away from fear and lean into love. Fear is greatest killer of life.

It’s part of being human to watch things come and go. I believe that art can be a powerful tool for processing grief and loss in all its forms. No matter what happens, art is always there. It can help clear the way for healing, self-discovery and resilience by tapping into something greater than ourselves.


Qualifications

  • Diploma of Meditation Facilitation. (Meditation Teacher Training College, Sydney, Australia. Current student)
  • 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 – 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)