SANATA Video Research Project Who Are We as South African Arts Therapists

South African National Arts Therapists Association ( SANATA) Videos by HPCSA Registered Arts Therapist Practitioners project

As part of her contribution to the Research Committee of SANATA Amanda Gifford decided to start a video project of recording short videos documenting South African Arts Therapists. Noa Belling joined her and they started with their own video about themselves and their work in the video above.

Two Arts Therapists in South Africa, Noa Belling and Amanda Gifford introduce themselves and their work as part of a national project for SANATA ( South African National Arts Therapists Association) to get to know each other as resources as well as share ourselves and our work as resources to each other. Amanda Gifford and Noa Belling are registered Arts therapists practicing in South Africa. Amanda Gifford | 078 499 6472 Brief Bio: Amanda Gifford is a Health Professional Council of SA HPCSA Registered Arts Therapist – Registered Drama Therapist ( Johannesburg, South Africa) with a private practice in Fourways Bryanston Area. She has an MA Counselling Psychology in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco USA 2004 and an Honours University of Cape Town, South Africa 1994 as well as a BA UCT 1993 South Africa. She uses Family Constellations as an integral part of her practice. She also trained with Family Constellations Africa 2005/2006 and Family Constellations Africa 2007/2008 with various local and international facilitators. She is busy with her Shamanic Constellations training with Guilherme Barcellos C. Souza ( Gui) from Brazil. She has also been a student at Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment for 20 years. Her work is an integration of her 20 years of her spiritual journey and education. She offers a mix of Drama Therapy, Psychodrama and Family Constellations work with a transpersonal orientation in South Africa.

Noa Belling website: ABOUT NOA MA SOMATIC PSYCHOLOGY, USA International bestselling author and psychologist Noa Belling uses her many years’ experience of intellectual and physical discipline to guide others in enhancing vitality and life fulfilment. Noa holds a Masters degree in somatic (body-mind) psychology through Naropa University. Her background includes over a decade of teaching applied somatic psychology skills as part of psychology training and continuing education programs, running a private psychotherapy practice and presenting talks and workshops in the corporate sector. Noa’s first career as a professional ballet dancer and then a Yoga teacher also influence her approach to wellbeing. WHAT IS SANATA? The South African National Arts Therapies Association is the professional Association, recognised by the Health Professions Council of South Africa that promotes the common interests of arts therapists and the four arts therapy professions – art, music, drama and dance movement therapy – across South Africa. One of its key objectives is to stimulate, coordinate and oversee a collaborative research agenda that results in an increase in relevant engaged research for quality publications reflecting the experiences of arts therapies practitioners, clients and communities in South Africa.

SECOND VIDEO: 18th July 2019

LESLEY PALMER is a Drama and Movement Therapist (MA, UK), Family Constellations Therapist (SA) and Play Therapist (PGDip, UK). She is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. Lesley’s therapeutic work is with children, adolescents and adults, with a focus on childhood bereavement, children facing challenging transitions, and with adults in the development of capacity for Presence, Resilience and Transformation, where her work integrates Creative Arts Therapy techniques, Constellations, active meditation and Inquiry methods. Her private practice is based both in Kenilworth and Cape Town city bowl, where she works with individuals and focus groups. Beyond her private work, Lesley’s commitment is to social and individual healing for South Africans affected by trauma, loss and violence who have limited access to therapy, and to this end has been a therapist, performer, facilitator, supervisor, trainer and project developer in a range of contexts in the NPO field. She has trained adults in the caring professions in the arena of Child Development, Play and Self Care in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lebanon and Brazil. She is currently the Director of GroundSpring Playback Theatre Company in Cape Town and Clinical Supervisor for Intern Drama Therapists at Drama for Life, University of the Witwatersrand (SA). Contact Lesley for a session cell: 082 828 5917

MICHELLE BOOTH is an Art Therapist, Coach and Biodanza Facilitator. In 2006 she completed her Masters in Art Therapy in Edinburgh, Scotland and returned to South Africa in December 2006. From 2007 -2016 she lived in Johannesburg working both in private practice and for the Sophiatown Community Psychological Services. She moved to Knysna in 2016 and works in private practice. She is the founding Chairperson of SANATA. Facebook Page: Art Therapy with Michelle Booth @arttherapymichelle She can be contacted at