Hi. My name is Lucy Heude. I am a qualified integrative counsellor using the creative arts. What this means is that I weave together different models of working therapeutically into the counselling space.
I worked for the NSPCC Therapeutic service in Swansea for 6 years with children and young people who had experienced abuse. There and more recently with Action for Children I worked extensively with children and young people with traumatic backgrounds (neglect, physical and sexual abuse, experiences of poor parenting, traumatic bereavements, domestic violence, loss and abandonment related issues and permanent separation from family of origin).
Over the last 5 years I have worked therapeutically with adults who have experienced traumatic life events including sexual and physical abuse in childhood, permanent separation from immediate family, witnesses of traumatic death, those threatened with persecution due to faith or race and victims of human trafficking.
Creative Therapeutic Arts
I also have a Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts. This means the counselling process can include creative ways of expressing yourself through creative means such as paint, clay, image work, writing and imaginative work. The arts can allow feelings and experiences, such as sadness, anger, anxiety and fear to be expressed and shared in a very safe way that can often be very moving and powerful. The arts can provide a means of communication for experiences and emotions which are sometimes beyond the scope of words. Creative Therapeutic interventions can be transformative and empowering. They can provide insight, meaning and realisation which again, at times, words are not able to do. Creative forms can represent and give form to feelings that are otherwise too difficult to express. Creative arts allow an honesty in expression that can be very freeing and releasing. You do not have to be 'creative' or 'artistic' to use the arts therapeutically and I would support you with this process. Equally the sessions do not have to use the arts at all.
You, Counselling and your story
I believe Counselling is about being heard. I believe it is about your experience and feelings being valued and being attended to. I believe counselling is a space to explore who you are and who you want to be, to connect with your inner self and with your own innate strengths, value and capacity. I believe counselling is a place where your hurts and difficulties can be shared and expressed, where recovery can begin. I believe it is a place where you can listen to yourself and what you need, what your hopes are for yourself.
We all have a unique and individual ‘story’ to our lives. Sometimes this experience may have been difficult and painful, you may have lost hope or confidence and belief in yourself. Relationships with important people may have been damaging, you may have experienced a painful loss or have been deeply affected by life events.
These experiences can be distressing, painful, disorientating and deeply confusing. They may have impacted on your core sense of self. Such events can change who we are or who we become or they can immobilise or be very damaging. Counselling can help to explore, share and make sense of your feelings. It can help give expression to the hurting parts of yourself. It can support you to find your inner courage and strength and help you connect with a deeper sense of self and who you are.
I aim to provide a professional, sensitive and supportive setting where you feel attended to, noticed and validated, where your experiences are heard and acknowledged, where you are able to share, to explore, to understand and grow. I believe strongly in the unique potential and innate value of every individual and this is central to my counselling practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Therapeutic Application of the Arts (IATE)
Diploma in Social Work
MscEcon (Distinction) Applied Social Studies
BA Hons Degree
Cruse Children and Young People training.
ASSIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.
Babette Rothschild Safe Trauma Work training.
Dissociation and Self Harm training. Dr Renee Marks.
NSPCC 3 Days Working with Children who have been sexually abused.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
£35 an hour
I offer a specialist bereavement counselling service to Children, Young People and Adults. Losing somebody close is an exceptionally difficult time and some people may need extra support through this time, when feelings such as despair, sadness, loneliness and anger can overwhelm. I provide a sensitive and compassionate therapeutic space to support in the experience of bereavement. It is a space to be heard and validated, a space to feel, a space to grieve and remember and a space to begin to strengthened.
I am able to support children and young people who have been bereaved.
For both adults and children, creative expression can offer a powerful, meaningful and healing channel of expression.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||French Fluent|
Types of client