Colette Alexandratos, MA, AThR, AThS
MA Art Therapy
Specialisation: Children, Youth and Elderly
Colette’s passion for the arts has led her to become an illustrator, art teacher and now an art psychotherapist. Colette who is originally from the UK, has a background of working in the creative arts industry. Her connected experiences of working with children and in customer service, as well as her wealth of experiences as a practicing artist have guided her journey on how art can be utilized in discovering one’s self and the potential it holds in a therapeutic and insightful mental health capacity.
In her final MA Art Therapy thesis, Colette wrote about her self-reflective and transformative journey of becoming an art psychotherapist in an international school setting to that of the anthropological model of the Rites of passage, as discovered through Abbe Miller’s one canvas El Duende Process Painting.
Colette believes that there is more to art than creating aesthetically pleasing images. Through her training and journey as an artist and an art psychotherapist, Colette was able to discover and find her own voice.
Colette’s experience of working in an international school setting with a diverse number of multicultural students as well as in a local nursing home residency has showcased the power that art has and is a firm believer that art can enable, connectivity, self-discovery, growth and transformation.
Colette has also taken on additional training through online webinar platforms from the Mental Health Academy, British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and Art Therapists’ Association Singapore (ATAS). These include:
- Belief and identity: Ethical challenges in the context of cultural diversity in Singapore, September 2023
- Psychoeducation in Art Therapy practice, September 2023
- Clinical Applications of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), August 2023
- Dyadic parent-child art psychotherapy training Level 1 – Approaches and principles to Dyadic Art Psychotherapy with Parents, Caregivers, Children & Young People, January 2023
- 2022 Suicide Prevention Summit
– STEPS: Steps to evaluate progression of suicidality
– Creativity & Suicide Prevention: A Healing Journey
– Youth Suicide Prevention: Connecting Dots between Schools and Communities, October 2022
- Mental Health Out Loud: Eating Disorders and Body Image Among Teens, November 2022
- Understanding emotionally-based school avoidance, December 2022
Buvenasvari was also privileged to be directly trained via workshops and webinars by the experts in the field of art psychotherapy and trauma:
- NICABM’s Treating Trauma Master Series featuring Dr Bessel van der Kolk, Dr Daniel Siegel, Dr Pat Ogden, Dr Peter Levine, Dr Allan Schore and etc
- Jungian Platform’s Summit: Become Who You Truly Are
- Dr. Lisa Hinz’s Expanding the Lens of Art Therapy: The Expressive Therapies Continuum as a Path to Life Enrichment and Optimal Health
- Dr. Abbe Miller’s El Duende Process Painting: A Path to Transformation
- Dr. Shaun. McNiff’s The Movement Basis of Artistic Expression
- Caroline Essame’s Developmental Art Therapy, Mark-Making, Attachment and Autism
- Dr. Cathy Malchiodi’s seminar on Creative Arts & Trauma-Informed Practices I
- Dr. Marian Liebmann OBE Anger Management