School of Creative

Mindy Lee Shi Min

Mindy Lee Shi Min

MA Art Therapy
Class of 2022

Mindy graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language (Hons) and School of the Arts with a Visual Arts Major. Through several internships and volunteering experiences within the helping profession, an acquired personal interest in psychology and her love for the arts, she decided to pursue an MA Art Therapy.

Mindy enjoys the breadth which the field provides and she incorporates a mix of humanistic, relational and psychoanalytical approaches to her practice as an art therapist. Her existing engagement with the community ranges from children and adolescents within a medical setting to sex workers and the LGBTQ+ community.


Good Enough
Old photographs, postcards
14.7 x 10.7 cm

Good Enough grew from the conflict between profoundly personal experiences and the widely-recognised trope of mother and child. The artwork symbolises an attempt at confronting fragments of the artist’s past and also represents her endeavour to reconcile with the emotional wounds that were incurred during her childhood and adolescent years. Old personal photographs of Mindy and her mother used in this artwork, captured through the eyes of her father, have undergone the process of being photocopied and reproduced into postcards. The artist encourages the audience to consider the significance of postcards.

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Thesis abstract

The distinct functions of art therapy in supporting a child with global developmental delay and early relational trauma

This practitioner-based, art-based qualitative inquiry endeavours to answer the research question: What are the distinct functions of art therapy that support a child with global developmental delay (GDD) and early relational trauma (ERT)? Taking on a developmental perspective, the literature review provides a concise understanding of the detrimental impacts of interpersonal childhood trauma through the study of adverse childhood environments (ACEs), polyvagal theory, attachment theory, neurobiological research and psychodynamic views. This led to a review on existing research in art therapy which identified key treatment objectives and interventions that are commonly recognised to have benefits for this specific population. Through a single case study consisting of 16 sessions spanning eight weeks at an acute hospital in Singapore, the findings evaluate and demonstrate how the functions of art therapy pose unique advantages in response to the challenges and objectives faced by a client with an aforementioned personal background. The qualitative observations of this paper examine key features of art therapy interventions such as non-verbal communication, mess-making, emotional regulation, emotional containment as well as the role that art materials play in building rapport and contributing to the therapeutic alliance. Even though there exists a substantial body of research on art therapy in supporting victims of trauma, this interdisciplinary investigation fills the research gap of art therapy interventions with children who face challenges in verbal and cognitive processing due to learning disabilities whilst concomitantly having faced early relational trauma or childhood maltreatment.

Clinical internship

Jan–May 2021
Project X
Art therapist trainee
●Piloted the provision of art therapy and mental health services within a non-profit organisation that advocates for sex workers' rights.
● Conducted individual and group art therapy sessions.
● Developed and organised group art therapy sessions for addiction recovery and support.

Aug 2021–May 2022
National University Hospital
Art therapist trainee
Worked in collaboration with the medical team to provide psychological support services with the inpatient and outpatient paediatric unit, carried out open studio sessions and individual art therapy sessions.