Dylis Pugh, P.G.Dip.Art Therapy; M.A.Art Psychotherapy Research
Llanddewi Brefi, Nr. Tregaron
01974 299017 / 07963 866516
Croeso, Welcome, I am offering Art Therapy, Eco-Art Therapy and Supervision in a beautiful location on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains. I am passionate about healing: ourselves, each other and the environment, as I recognise the interconnectedness and interdependence of all that lives, as we co-create the world with the energy of love.
Why ART Therapy?
Art Therapy is very helpful for emotional healing, well-being, personal and spiritual development.
We all make sense of their world through play: children use make-believe and adults do it through philosophy, art and culture. All young mammals use play to practice the skills they need to survive as adults. As we are born with the ‘Fight/Flight/Freeze’ response to perceived danger, so we are born with a propensity for exploration and play. Thus using art in therapy is a natural way to develop a clearer and deeper understanding of ourselves.
You don't have to be ‘good at art’, just willing to ‘play’ with the art materials. Of course if you are a ‘stuck’ artist it is also very helpful in getting you unstuck and reconnected with your creativity.
Individual Art Therapy is like counselling where you make art as well as talk about what’s worrying you. Sometimes we don't have the words to express what's happened to us or how we feel, or our words become formulaic; making art in a therapeutic relationship gives you a different way to express yourself. When we use our imagination and develop our creativity we use our whole being: mind, body, feelings, and spirit. In neurological terms we use both sides of our brain, and re-programme the Amygdala: this is the part of our brain and nervous system that processes and expresses emotions, especially anger and fear.
Making art in a therapeutic relationship means your process is witnessed. We develop our sense of self partly through what others reflect back to us, and if our early carers were stressed or distressed they may have been unreflective or distorting. Some people are hurt so badly by those meant to nurture them that their sense of self disappears altogether. The therapist’s job is to meet you with respect and compassion, and by paying careful attention with their whole being, work with you to make sense of what you bring to the therapy.
What are sessions like?
The Art Therapy sessions are one hour long, at the same time and place weekly or fortnightly. Research has shown that people who struggle with relationships or getting close to others really benefit from meeting at frequent intervals.
In a session you would be offered a range of art and recycled materials, both two and three dimensional, and encouraged to make whatever you like. If you have trouble getting started then I will suggest a task or a theme each week until you start to find your own way. Clients make anything from several pieces in one session to one piece over many months. I look after the art in between sessions which means we can look at different art-works and make connections between them, or have a review of all the work and notice how it has changed. You can talk as much or as little as you want.
This is where we spend part or all of the session working out of doors. Art-works may be made outside in my garden using materials collected from the fields around and whatever is found in the garden. These works will naturally disappear with time so we may choose to keep a photographic record. Art-works may also be made in the art room using a combination of collected natural materials and conventional art materials. These will then be looked after as above.
Here the benefits of working directly with materials is enhanced by the interaction with the environment and awareness of the seasons. Research has shown that when people are recovering from an operation in hospital a view of 'nature' rather than buildings leads to a faster recovery.
Where I live in a stunningly beautiful location above Llanddewi Brefi. There is a light-filled art room with wonderful views, as well as the garden and surrounding fields.
Everything that happens in the session is confidential, including art-work, and only shared in Supervision, which all therapists have to help them process both emotionally and cognitively what happens in the therapy. This confidentiality is only broken, in order to get help, if I believe you or someone else are in danger.
"Now that we are able to understand more of how the brain and body respond to activities that defy everyday language, the more we understand why art therapy should be prized and respected as among the most powerful means at our disposal to combat mental suffering."
Dr. Iain McGilchrist, Emeritus Consultant of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Dip Art Therapy, University of Sheffield 1997
(2 years full-time, including having therapy oneself)
MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Leeds Metropolitan University 2009
Many post-graduate trainings most pertinently in Clinical Supervision, Neuroscience and Attachment, Eco-Art Therapy.
BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists, www.baat.org) recognised Private Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor.
Currently training as a First Nature coach (see website www.firstnature.org) after attending workshops since 2005 and completing the First Nature Foundation Course (2013). This is compassion, voice, breathe and body work.
Since 1997 I have worked as an Art Therapist with people of almost all ages (5-65) in the NHS (now retired) and privately with people 18-67, including trainee Art Therapists and trainee Music Therapists.
Within the NHS I was responsible for the supervision of a team of Art Therapists, and offered regular group supervision to members of my multi-disciplinary team. Privately I supervise the range of Arts Therapists, psychodynamic Psychotherapists, Managers of Third Sector organisations offering therapy and care.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£20 for an initial 1 hour face to face Consultation to see if this is the right approach for you and if we are the right match.
£40 per 1 hour Art Therapy session, including all materials.
£35 per 1 hour Art Therapy session for Arts Therapy and Psychotherapy trainees.
£45 per hour Supervision for private therapists.
£50 per hour Supervision for therapists and their managers within an organisation.
Clinical Supervision available face to face or via Skype and Face Time after an initial meeting.
There are 4 main threads running through my life: the politics of equality, ecology, soul work, and the cultivation of creativity. Engaging with my own therapy brought profound healing, so that years later, bringing therapy together with my passion for art-making in Art Psychotherapy felt like coming home! Like all Art Therapists I am an artist and I continue to draw, paint, photograph, and make things: it is a sensibility that comes as naturally as breathing.
My spiritual journey has involved the practice of Mindfulness since reading 'Zen Mind, Beginners Mind' when I was 21, and realising the importance of Compassion and Kindness much later, these two practices form the foundation of my soul work, though I do not follow any religious creed, having an integrative approach and seeing the underlying truth they all share.
With my partner Peter Rawlings I also run Eco-Spirit Workshops for small groups of people, bringing together practices from various spiritual traditions, including Mindfulness and Compassion Practices, Eco-psychology, First Nature, to help us re-connect our being with Gaia and her rhythms. See my website for more information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Text any time; telephone between 9am and 9pm, please leave a message if I am unable to answer. Day-time and evening sessions available on week days.
Types of client
Supervision & training
My approach to Supervision is holistic and systemic as every aspect of our being: mind, body, emotions and spirit, and the web of relationships we are part of affect healing and well-being.View supervision profile