Alexandra Mackenzie is an Art Psychotherapist based in Sheffield, England.
Alexandra completed her MA Art Therapy at the University of Derby and is experienced in facilitating Art Therapy sessions in the areas of Learning Disability and Adult Mental Health. She has conducted research combining art therapy with mindfulness meditation. She recently co-facilitated two social prescription art groups which were funded by the NHS. She also teaches clay workshops in primary schools throughout Derbyshire.
Prior to becoming an Art Psychotherapist Alexandra trained and worked in Graphic and Fashion Design. At University Alexandra’s research focussed on sustainability and ethics within the manufacturing industries.
An impulse to travel led her to explore South East Asia and take a break from design work. Her journey through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia equipped her with invaluable life skills in adaptability, exploration and finding trust in oneself when the path ahead may be uncertain. On return from her travels after eight months she volunteered at a local arts charity and supported art projects with disadvantaged groups. At this point the art therapy seed had been planted and she got a support job in a community health and social care team to gain experience as a foundation to her art therapy training.
She has a personal and professional interest in political and community based art. The impact of war and political violence can be devastating on communities and the individuals within them. She is interested with how walls within these communities can act as canvas’ and be places for large scale community expression. Walls can paradoxically divide and provide sanctuary, and the art and murals upon them become symbols of the region’s past, present and future. Alexandra truly believes that art has the power to transform the experiences of fear, loss and instability and can provide a way of coping with difficult experiences. Art also has the unique ability to transcend spoken words and can break through boundaries and barriers to communication.
Alexandra now runs Art Therapy Studio which promotes wellbeing and the sharing of ideas in Art Therapy and related fields.
As an Ambassador Alexandra looks forward to supporting and promoting the incredible work Postcards for Peace do by educating and sharing knowledge locally and globally in creative and thoughtful ways. She hopes to get the art therapy community involved in doing the same.