Judith Waldman MA Art Psychotherapy
42 Chailey Street
07740506189 / 07740506189
I encourage people to consider the challenges and distress in their lives in a creative and imaginative way. As an Art Psychotherapist of over 20 years experience in the NHS and in private practice, I offer you an additional opportunity to use the art materials provided to enhance your personal exploration. I believe strongly that therapy should be a cooperative effort, where we work together to assess your needs, if you require brief time limited therapy, or wish to meet for a longer time to explore your issues more deeply. Absolutely no artistic talent whatsoever is required, just a willingness to learn more about yourself. Sometimes words aren't everything, and some feelings are clearer when expressed in visual ways. Many of us find that we doodle or scribble when we are on the phone or just thinking, which often reflects patterns of thoughts or feelings worth considering.
Often just sharing our doubts and feelings with another person can provide huge relief. Additionally, drawing, doodling, or painting can provide a safe outlet for anger management and bereavement. It allows you to 'say the unspeakable' if you feel self conscious. Art therapy has been shown to be helpful to release anxiety and to unlock depression. I am very interested in how we hold onto emotional distress and express it through our bodies, getting headaches, eating or sleeping difficulties or other aches and pains. My approach to psychotherapy is a holistic one, focusing on the integration of the body and mind to experience a sense of wholeness.
I work psychodynamically, exploring the therapeutic relationship with the client to develop insight about patterns in their relationships. Awareness of cultural, race and class diversity provide the social complexities and context of our lives. A large part of my work is with women, and sexual minorities. My approach is warm and empathic, as I see the therapeutic relationship as a cooperative guided journey.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training, Qualifications & Experience
B.A Psychology Hofstra University, New York
M.A. Sociology, Frankfurt, Germany
M.A. Art Psychotherapy Goldsmiths College, University of London
M.A. Research Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
I was employed as a Principal Art Psychotherapist by the NHS full time for over 22 years and in private practice for over 18 years. My work is presently with both individuals and groups, who are suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, low self esteem, sexual abuse, childhood trauma and those who just wanted to understand themselves and their relationships in a deeper way to experience life more fully. My clients come from a diversity of cultures, sexual orientations, religions and races, which is an important part of who we are. I believe that we are all complex mixtures that influence us, all of which require awareness and respect.
I also provide personal therapy or supervision for Arts Psychotherapists and trainees of a wide spectrum of professional orientations and post graduate courses, including Psychological therapists and counsellors in private practise, or within the public sector.
My MA in Sociology provides a cultural context, and in my Research MA in Art Psychotherapy I focused on childhood trauma, including sexual abuse and post traumatic stress. Some of this research has been published, please see below. Further courses in which I have taken part have included seminars at the Institute of Group analysis, Brief Psychotherapy, Mindfulness and Supervision training.
I have taught on the Foundation, M.A. and on the Advanced Art Psychotherapy course at Goldsmiths College at London University. Further teaching has included staff support groups within the NHS. I have also worked with IATE, the Institute for the Integration of the Arts in Therapy and Education for many years as a placement supervisor.
Waldman, J., (1999) ‘Breaking the Mould’, in Inscape, Volume Four, No.1, 10-19
Fraser, J. and Waldman, J. (2003)‘Singing with Pleasure and Shouting with Anger: Working with Gay and lesbian Clients in Art Therapy’ in Hogan, S Art Therapy and Gender Issues. London: Jessica Kingsley.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Brief therapy, 12-20 sessions
Longer Term Psychotherapy
Staff support groups
Supervision for individual or groups
£ 55-70 day time appointments,
£ 60-75 evening appointments
Art materials included
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer supervision for a variety of psychological therapists and trainees in private, public and community work.View supervision profile