Helen Omand

Staff details

Position Lecturer, MA Art Psychotherapy
Email h.omand (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7904
Helen Omand

Helen Omand is an HCPC registered art psychotherapist with experience working with children and adults. Her interests include studio art therapy, arts in health, and the relationships between artistic practice and working as an art therapist. She regularly exhibits with an artist/art therapist collective.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Brown, Christopher and Omand, Helen, eds. 2022. Contemporary Practice in Studio Art Therapy. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780367558932

Book Section

Omand, Helen. 2022. Drawing the group: a visual exploration of a therapeutic space online. In: Usva Seregina and Astrid Van den Bossche, eds. Art-based Research in the Context of a Global Pandemic. New York: Routlege. ISBN 9780367772628

Omand, Helen. 2022. Protested Space: artworks made in a therapeutic art studio in a time of cuts. In: Sally Skaife and Jon Martyn, eds. Art Psychotherapy Groups in the Hostile Environment of Neoliberalism: Collusion or Resistance? Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 145-167. ISBN 9780367619855

Omand, Helen. 2021. Approaches to images: an art therapist’s perspective on photographic images of pain used to communicate the experience of pain in medical consultations. In: Deborah Padfield and Joanna M Zakrzewska, eds. Encountering Pain: Hearing, seeing, speaking. London: UCL Press, pp. 81-103. ISBN 9781787352650


Omand, Helen and Padfield, Deborah. 2019. New Contexts: what art psychotherapy theory can bring to an understanding of using images to communicate the experience of pain in medical pain consultations. ATOL: Art Therapy OnLine, 10(2),

Padfield, Deborah; Omand, Helen; Semino, Elena; Williams, Amanda C de C and Zakrzewska, Joanna M. 2018. Images as catalysts for meaning-making in medical pain encounters: a multidisciplinary analysis. Medical Humanities, 44(2), pp. 74-81. ISSN 1468-215X

Hoyes, Beth; Omand, Helen and Salim, Deba Anna. 2017. A Collective Response to the Collected Works of D.W. Winnicott. With artwork and written responses from the Winnicott Wednesdays Artist Art Psychotherapist Collective. ATOL: Art Therapy Online, 8(2),

Padfield, Deborah; Chadwick, Tom and Omand, Helen. 2017. The body as image: image as body. The Lancet, 389(10076), pp. 1290-1291. ISSN 0140-6736