I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist and I predominantly work with children and young people who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. Many of the children I work with have experienced trauma in one form or another and struggle to express their feelings in an appropriate way. It is difficult for them to make sense of their experiences.
My work is child-centred and I pull upon my degree in Performing Arts to allow children to move between art, play, storytelling and role play. The therapy provides the child with a safe and separate place where they can explore complicated and difficult thoughts and feelings. Sometimes children don't have the emotional vocabulary to put their experiences into words, however play and art are natural modes of expression for children and the way in which they use these can tell me a lot about how they are feeling.
During the therapy sessions the children are encouraged to simply “be” in the space and use the art materials/toys/room as they wish. I use age appropriate and non judgmental language and interactions. At the crux of the work is the therapeutic relationship created between the child and myself and in order for this to develop the child has to feel that they can trust me and the therapeutic process. This relationship develops at a varying rate depending on the child, their past and present experiences and their responses to those experiences.
My approach is an integrated psychodynamic way of working drawing on attachment work, play, drama and art. Each of the children work at different paces and share their emotional stories in very different ways. Some choose to act out memories, others will make images, models and some children will project themselves and their experiences on to the toys and play with them. The artwork, games and role-plays created by the children are used as “containers” in which their trauma memories are held safely. They hold and contain the child's difficult feelings and throughout the course of the therapeutic intervention as the child makes progress, the work and the feelings can be revisited and transformed into something more positive. It is through this transformation of emotions and perceptions that the child can begin to gain a sense of control over their feelings. This, in turn, aids emotional reparation and a sense of well-being in the child.
I work with many Looked After Children, adopted children and within a variety of education provisions and children's centres for some of the hardest to reach children. Here are some examples of the reasons why a child may see me for art psychotherapy:
- Family breakdowns
- Parents with substance/alcohol addictions
- Low self esteem
- Low confidence
- Attachment disorder
- Looked After Child
- Developmental Trauma
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons Performing Arts 2002
- Diploma in Acting 2003
- MA Art Psychotherapy 2012
- BAAT member
- HCPC registered
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Individual sessions run from 1hr to 1.5hrs depending on the needs of the child and range from £60-£70.
Full days in schools (in which 4-5 children can be seen) cost £220.
These prices include:
Reports required for parents/carers/professionals involved with the child.
Open and respectful communication with parents/carers/professionals involved with the child.
I also aim to attend any meetings that may be in place for the child.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|