Dr Hayley Berman is an Art Psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals, couples, families, groups and supervises other therapists. She consults to life coaches and individuals working within the NGO sector, Government sector and corporate organizations. She completed her BAFA (Hons) at Wits University in 1990. She trained in England at St Albans in 1991 as an Art Therapist. She since completed her PhD in psycho-social studies at The University of Western England, Bristol. She is the Executive Director of an NGO- The Art Therapy Centre/Lefika La Phodiso and a practicing artist. She lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She founded Lefika in 1994 to actively work with survivors of apartheid, offering an art psychoanalytical frame for individuals and groups to work with violence, discrimination, racism, and transition within group structures and within a training programme. The focus of the NGO in the last 10 years has shifted to that of attempting to mitigate the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, xenophobic violence and reconciliation programmes.
In partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture, Lefika have developed a unique model of Community Art Counselling. This training equips community workers to work within the traumatic contexts of HIV/AIDS helping communities to mourn- and create new meaning. The groups that community art counsellors work with include AIDS Orphans and children at risk, educators, guardians and individuals exposed to continuous trauma. The NGO provides training, project implementation and advocacy project providing art therapy resources within under-resourced areas.
She is affiliated to the Institute of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa and the Tavistock Clinic in London.
She is a member of OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society). She has presented at several local and International Conferences and published articles.
She is a registered member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and of the British Association of Art Therapists.