Tessa Whyatt graduated with a Masters in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire in 2005. While in the UK she worked with a variety of clients including: children with Autism; in schools with children with behavioural problems; and in the field of adult mental health, focused on group work with depression. She returned to South Africa in 2008 and registered with the HPCSA in 2011.
Tessa currently works part-time for 2 NGOs: Khululeka (bereavement support groups in schools) and Light from Africa Foundation (workshops for vulnerable youth and carers) . In addition, she works is at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, with the Creative Arts Therapy and Wellness team. Additional experience has been group work with adults in primary care addictions units.
Tessa is available for private sessions with both adults and children, based in Observatory, Cape Town. She is also available for workshops and is in the process of setting up groups for specific issues i.e. children-siblings; family therapy; bereavement group etc. Her special interest and wealth of experience is in working with children on the Autistic spectrum.
Tessa is also a ceramic artist, practicing from a studio in Observatory. She specialised in Ceramics during her art foundation at Central Saint Martin’s in London, followed by a B.A. Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town specialising in sculpture and Psychology.
Tessa is an accredited Time To Think Facilitator and qualified Coach.