Jo Ray, MA, DipCC, HCPC, MBACP.
I am an Art Psychotherapist and Counsellor based in Dulwich and I work with adults, adolescents and children. Art therapy can help with emotional, relational and behavioural difficulties that may be difficult to verbalise.
There are many different life issues which bring people into therapy and it can be a daunting process finding the right therapist. Central to my work is the relationship between client and therapist. I provide a safe, confidential space with warmth, acceptance and respect.
As we build a relationship together I will offer supportive invitations to use the arts to explore your emotional and psychological experiences. We will work together to find constructive ways forwards for you on your personal journey of growth and psychological change.
‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ Pablo Picasso
Art Psychotherapy can help with problems that may be difficult to verbalise. Many psychological issues are multi-layered, and we often learn to skilfully avoid core feelings. The arts can help identify, connect-to and experience emotions on a deep non-verbal level.
‘Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist’ Eileen Miller
The Art Part: Do you need to be good at art?
No artistic skill is required. In fact artistic skill can be a challenge to overcome when using the Arts on a psychotherapeutic journey. It is not important what the ‘image’ looks like but what it represents to you, how you felt while you were making it and the links we make together, over time, between the images. Maybe it is a scribble on a scrap of paper; a scrunched up bit of tissue paper; a lump of clay thrown down on the table ‘thunk’; a particular puppet that always seems to draw your attention; a song that holds specific meaning to you; a poem; stories; films; music; the noise of a creaking door in the hall; a leaf you picked up; a postcard…
I will offer the arts in a supportive way, always working with you to find non-verbal expression you feel contained and supported by and, above all, safe.
‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance’ Aristotle
The Psychotherapy Part: Integrated Psychotherapy Theory
Psychological healing and growth is not a linear process and can be challenging, similar to embarking on a journey. There can be challenges and obstacles along the way. I work, integrating many models of theory which provides flexibility to grow and adapt the therapeutic work as the journey unfolds, working together to find the right way forwards for you.
‘The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth’ Laozi
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and a registered member MBACP. I work within the ethical codes of practice of the organisations of which I am a member and registered with.
- HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
- Registered member MBACP
- MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Child Counselling
- Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment (CATT) Level One & Two
- Certificate in The Emotional Needs of the Child
- Diploma in Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
My professional memberships:
I have a portable DBS.
Previous to my psychotherapy training I worked as a packaging designer. My first degree was in graphic design and I bring over 25 years experience of working within creative environments. Since retraining my experience of working psychotherapeutically, using the creative process to facilitate change and help re-establish psychological growth, has been with children as part of the Kids Company schools programme (primary and secondary) and with adults in an award winning psychodynamic NHS clinic for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
I charge £60 a session. Some concessions are available, we could discuss this in an introductory session.
I would suggest we meet for an introductory session. This will be an opportunity for you to discuss what has brought you to therapy, and what you wish to achieve on your journey. I will ask some practical information about yourself and explain the way I work in more detail. An introductory session is about finding out if you would like to work with me, and if I offer the right way of working for you. It is my belief that this can only be achieved by meeting and I recommend meeting with a few therapist in order to find the right 'fit' for you.
If you would like us to work together we will arrange a regular 50 minute session at the same time each week.
My private practice is held in College Lodge, just inside the gates of Dulwich Park opposite the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Getting to College Lodge:
There is plenty of free parking and bike racks in Dulwich Park.
The nearest train stations are North Dulwich or West Dulwich, both stations are a 15 minute walk away.
Brixton Tube is a short bus ride away: take the P4 bus (bus stop T) and alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’ bus stop, right outside Dulwich Park.
P4 towards College Road. Alight at ‘Dulwich Picture Gallery’, right outside Dulwich Park.
P13 towards Dulwich College. Alight at ‘Dulwich College’ bus stop a 10 minute walk away.
3 towards West Dulwich Station. Alight at ‘Croxted Road/Thurlow Park Road’ bus stop, a 15 minute walk away.
37 towards North Dulwich Station. Alight at ‘North Dulwich Station’ bus stop, a 15 minute walk away.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Thursdays 10am to 3pm.
Types of client