about me

Hello, my name is Joanna. I am a visual artist and expressive arts therapist currently based in Belgium. My art studio offers a space for healing, restoration, and rest to everyone who is open and curious to engage with the arts. In my therapeutic practice, I combine somatic and creative approaches to offer restorative and resourceful mental health support through face-to-face art therapy sessions, therapeutic groups, and self-exploratory workshops available both in-person and online. I use imagination, play, and various forms of expression to provide trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive care to all my clients.

Art, as I see it, is an endless source of nourishment and beauty. Visual arts, storytelling, music, movement, and the experience of silence (e.g. prayer or meditation) have helped me to process many intense emotions, heal some of the past emotional wounds, and find more balance between being with myself and serving others. If the arts could do all this for me, they could also serve you and your communities!

Art Studio JW connects both the actual and the virtual space to provide the highest quality trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive care to clients living all over the world. My mission is to support individual and collective growth by promoting healthy self-expression and cultivate a deep cross-cultural connection between people.


In my artistic and therapeutic practice, I combine expert artistic knowledge with openness, sensitivity, and compassion. My core values are inclusion, respect and dignity, as well as a deep sense of connection with other living beings.

Relationships with clients are my greatest priority. My work is trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, interdisciplinary, and grounded in the connection with the senses and the body. My focus lies in supporting all my clients on the way to more health and well-being.


My vision of art-based learning crystallized over the years. Very early on during my undergraduate studies, I started running workshops using art-based tools. Eventually, I became a professional art educator designing and teaching courses for various age groups. In this way, I learned about the strengths and weaknesses of educational systems. Working with students of various nationalities encouraged me to ask questions about the nature and goals of education in general and art education in particular. This is why I decided to take my practice to the next level and study expressive arts therapy.

My international experiences made me extremely sensitive to different aspects of migration, belonging, and identity. This is why I willingly offer support to people in movement and all those with challenging migration experiences.

When we decide to go on a journey of self-discovery and create awareness around who we are and how we are in this reality, we influence the world around us and start to inspire change in others. I deeply believe that the arts can enrich, connect, and transform humans on multiple levels.


• From the very beginning of the full scale Russian invasion in Ukraine, I serve as a Therapeutic Coordinator at First Aid of The Soul (FAS), a collective of dedicated professionally trained mental health clinicians from North America & across Europe actively supporting Ukrainians in and outside of Ukraine

• I am a full individual member of EFAT – European Federation of Art Therapy, an official European organization bringing together trained art therapists

• In last years, I expanded my art therapy practice through the following trainings: Trauma-informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level 1 & 2, Somatic Embodiment and Regulation Strategies, Trauma-informed Culturally Responsive Expressive Arts Therapy, and Trauma Treatment Through Art Therapy (TT-AT).

• I am a certified Yoga Nidra Teacher from Arhanta Yoga, an international yoga school with ashrams in India and The Netherlands.

• I hold a certificate in expressive arts facilitation from Step Ahead. Expressive Arts Institute in Berlin, Germany.

• I hold a MA in Intermodal Expressive Arts Therapy with a Minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School based in Malta and Switzerland, where I studied with one of the founders of expressive arts therapy, Paolo Knill.

• My professional art skills are confirmed by a MA in Graphic Design (specialization: Intermedia) and a PhD in Visual Arts from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Thorn, Poland.

• I am bilingual in Polish and English. I also speak German, Dutch, and Spanish.

• I carry international liability insurance and am supervised by a senior expressive art therapist.


Your safety, comfort, and well-being are my priority. We can speak about your needs in a free 30min. introductory session. If one of my offerings is the right fit for you, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the benefits of art therapy to the fullest.

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