Moriam Grillo MA, PgCert, HCPC, BAAT, BAATN
Moriam is an Art Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Therapeutic Coach and Anti-Racism Trainer who holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Photography & Film and Ceramics. She has a Master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy, PgCert in Clinical Supervision and is a registered member of HCPC, BAAT and BAATN.
Alongside clinical practice, Moriam is also a lecturer on the MA Art Psychotherapy programme at Roehampton University where her additional roles include EDI Chair and Race Equality Champion for the School of Psychology.
Moriam is mother to four young people and began her therapeutic journey as an artist and community practitioner. It was in sharing space with local communities that she became aware of the complexity and depth of the creative process as a means to explore personal themes and articulate feelings when words are not forthcoming. This led to Moriam embarking on an intense and vigorous training to become an Art Psychotherapist. While the training encouraged a deeper understanding of the unknown and uncertainty it also left a residue of the racial trauma that many Black and Brown students experience during psychology training.
Moriam is interested in racism as phenomena and the notions of elevation and degradation that become apparent when exploring the experience of living in Black, Brown, and White bodies.
It is this embodied experience of racism compounded by those also experienced in training and the events of 2020 that have been the driving force for Moriam’s anti-racism work. This work also entails supporting people of the global majority working in white-led organisations alongside her private practice and community-based work.
In her spare time Moriam enjoys painting, writing poetry and taking long walks in the forests near her home. A keen artist, Moriam also makes work to commission and in collaboration with other artists to produce work for the public realm.