Featuring Professional Member: Roni Heung
- What made you choose art therapy as your profession?
I chose to become an art therapist because I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to be an artist or a psychotherapist, so when I found out about the opportunity to combine my two passion into one, I said to myself “this is it, art therapy is the one.”
- How much does your art therapy training program form your way of being an art therapist?
Very much so, I would say that the AT program I had gone through not only helped me to shape my therapist identity but also fostered deep personal and professional growth.
- What is your practice theory in your practice?’
I’d say at this stage, my practice theory intergraded with person-centered, developmental and psychodynamic theoretic approaches.
- What target group(s) do(se) you serve most?
As for now, since I am working in a mental health ngo, my target populations are mostly people who are affected by mental health related issues.
- What materials do you use the most in your practice? Or What is your favorite materials to use in your practice?
I use different drawing and painting medium in my practice but I also like to bring in materials with a wide range of textures, such as fabrics, yarns, rocks or dry leaves, to keep art-making interesting.
- What kinds of metaphor(s) or symbol(s) that you can use to describe art therapy? Please explain
I think that art therapy is like a gentle stream of water which bares our burdens and replenishes our bodies and souls. The soothing sound of the water is like the voice of art therapy – calm and peaceful. On the other hand, the liveliness of the water symbolizes the creativity and strength of art therapy.
- When do you join HKAAT? What is the reason for joining?
I joined HKAAT in April 2018 after I graduated in Canada. My reasons for joining are to connect with the professionals and explore any career opportunities in Hong Kong.
I am glad that I joined, as members of HKAAT are very friendly and are passionate about art therapy; their support is helpful and positive.
- What do you think of the development and prospect of art therapy in Hong Kong?
I believe that AT is more popular nowadays. The public seems to be more familiar with art therapy and is showing more acceptance and interests in it. However, I think there are still questions or confusions on what we do in art therapy.
- What do you think HKAAT` can offer to support or to further develop the field of art therapy in Hong Kong?
I believe peer support and connection is important in this profession, it helps to unite our therapists together and also helps to exchange experiences, thoughts, and new ideas. I look forward to future opportunities learning from other therapists and supporting each other’s growth.
- What do you think you can offer to develop the growth of art therapy in Hong Kong?
What I think I can offer is my passion to art therapy - keep doing it right; keep spreading it around; keep talking about it; keep learning; keep enjoying it and of course, keep supporting other art therapists and HKAAT.