Joanna Tan BA, MA, AThR, is a pioneer in the field of art therapy in Singapore having graduated from Edith Cowan University (WA) in 2004. She returned to Singapore in 2006 and started Heartspace, her private practice. She also started an art therapy open studio at the parish of St. Mary of the Angels where she served as a resident art therapist till 2013.
Her full-time work as an art therapist these has given her the opportunity to encounter people from all walks of life. She works with individuals from all ages and cultural backgrounds who have experienced trauma and abuse, grief and loss, those who suffer anxiety, struggle with eating disorders, going through a life transition, depression and various forms of physical, mental, and emotional dis-ease. She also delivers art therapy for individuals who would like to embrace art as a therapy for personal growth, mindfulness and self-discovery. Joanna is passionate about facilitating the creative process in people in order to achieve a greater sense of personal well-being.
From 2011 to 2014 Joanna was the Regional Chairperson of ANZATA (Australian New Zealand Art Therapy Association) and also served as Vice President for ATAS (Art Therapy Association of Singapore) in 2011. She was part of the team responsible for writing up the Code of Ethics for ATAS. She has presented in various conferences and Universities in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. She was appointed Clinical Supervisor for the Masters of Art Therapy programme at Lasalle College of the Arts in 2006 and again 2013. She continues in private practice to conduct professional training and clinical supervision for therapists, counsellors and those in the helping profession.
In addition to Art Therapy, Joanna has received training in Group work, Creative Therapies, Mindfulness, Play therapy, Sand-tray, Clinical Supervision and Psycho-Spirituality. She is an approved play therapy supervisor with Play Therapy International.