I offer Individual Arts Psychotherapy in Cambridge town centre for adults.
My therapy room is a warm and fully accessible, with a variety of arts media provided.
I have a humanistic approach, tailored around your needs and abilities.
All referrals are welcomed. I specialise in working with people with a long term illness or those who struggle to manage physical health with emotional well being.
Working with creativity does not require any artistic experience or ability. Using the arts can be anything from choosing postcards and playing with sand to more elaborate experiments using clay or fine art.
I believe having the option of this shared language helps people to explain themselves when words fail. The arts can be an extra tool for us to draw upon or can be the central focus on the session.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Social Work and HCPC registered.
I trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London and graduated with an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. My previous education includes a postgraduate diploma in The Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts and a BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work.
I have worked with individuals and groups in a variety of different clinical settings.
These have been in the NHS, local charities and private practice.Each person is complex and brings a range of experiences. Some of these I have worked with are; Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke, Mental Ill-Health within the NHS, Historic Physical Abuse, Isolation and Loneliness, Attachment difficulties, Existential Crisis, Long Term Illness and Pain Management.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Long term illness
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The first consultation is free and lasts 30 minutes.
During this time we will discuss what brought you to psychotherapy and areas you would like to explore.
It is a time for us to find out if we could work together, to set some boundaries and loosely agree our aims.
All subsequent sessions will be 50 minutes in length and together we will gradually introduce the arts in a way that feels right for you and your process. Sessions are charged at a rate of £40 per session.
I offer sessions at a reduced rate but this is subject to availability.
I believe psychotherapy is a place to explore and be curious about oneself and that this requires courage and commitment. It may take time for a client to find the right therapist to meet their needs. At times I may feel that a client would benefit from a different approach and would refer on to another professional or service.
The therapeutic relationship is central to my practice, I believe it is important to create a safe space where exploration can take place. This is based on trust and can take time to establish, depending on the client's needs. Although using art or the creative process is not essential, I believe it aids the therapeutic process and will help a client make the most of their journey in psychotherapy.
My orientation is predominantly humanistic. However, as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist I understand a wide range of theoretical orientations. I tailor my approach to the individual client or groups and often use attachment theory to help me understand a client's world. In practice this means working with what a client brings on that day, working in-the-moment and using gestalt techniques to interact with the art. I am very inspired by nature and the outside world and try to integrate this into my practice.
As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist I work with a client's creative process, this can include using a variety of materials.The following is not an exhaustive list and I am open to exploring new media; Clay, Fine Art, Poetry, Puppetry, Sand Tray, Figurines, Postcards, Movement, Drama, Music, Embroidery, Knitting, Origami, Voice/Sound.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have day time and evening appointments available
Types of client