What type of therapy do you offer?
I offer integrative art psychotherapy in a comfortable, non-judgemental, confidential space. I will support you to explore your self, your relationships and your ways of being with the aid of the creative arts to gain new perspectives on how to move forward.
How many sessions will I have?
I offer long ( + 6 months) and short term (6 weeks - 6 months) psychotherapy. The number of sessions depends on you, your needs and what your goals are for therapy.
What training and work experience do you have?
I have over ten years experience working in the mental health sector with two years of private practice. I have worked in GP practices, hospitals and in the charity sector. I am an experienced mental health professional registered with the Health and Care Professions Council with a Masters in Arts Psychotherapy and post graduate qualification in low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy.
What is a typical art psychotherapy session like?
Art therapy involves a mixture of talking and art making. During therapy sessions I may encourage you to use arts media to express yourself. You do not need to be 'good at art' or have any experience of the arts at all to benefit from arts therapy. I will guide you to experiment and be curious about your creative process and together we will link these to your presenting issues, making sense of how to work through them.
How could art psychotherapy help me?
By reflecting on past events and how they impact the present you can gain understanding in order to liberate yourself to make authentic choices leading to increased wellbeing and a better quality of life. Some additional benefits people have reported include feelings of relief, increased self esteem, greater self awareness, and increased understanding.
Why choose art psychotherapy?
I chose to train as an Arts Psychotherapist because I believe this approach is a highly effective method for relieving mental distress. Art making continues to support my own development and wellbeing and I want to offer this approach to others. Addressing difficult and painful issues is not easy by with the arts and support from a qualified practitioner it is possible to move forward and live a more rewarding life.
How do you ensure your practice is up to date?
By regularly attending conferences, training, reading articles and engaging in my own creative practice I aim to keep my work up to date, relevant, and based on the current best evidence. This continuing professional development is a vital requirement of my profession alongside maintaining ethical standards as outlined by the UKCP, BAAT, HCPC and IATE.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, (2014)
- PGDip Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (2011)
- MSc Health Psychology, Merit (2006)
- BSc Psychology, 2.1 (2005)
- Mentalisation based Arts Psychotherapies (2016)
- Low intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for common Mental Health problems (2009)
- British Association for Art Therapist (31380)
- Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (trainee member, 2011163582)
- Health and Care Professions Council (AS 15174)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes it's not easy to pin point exactly what the problem is. You might be feeling generally unfulfilled and unsatisfied with life. You might have noticed repeating patterns and wondering how to break free. You may be engaging in behaviours, like over eating or spending hours on the internet, to block painful / difficult emotions. You might find it hard to make friends or have meaningful, intimate relationships.
Whatever your concern is, giving yourself time to think things through with a trained professional could be of benefit. I offer a safe confidential space with the addition of the creative arts to explore what might be going on for you This may help you gain understanding and build confidence to enable to you let go of old patterns and build a better future for yourself.
Day time sessions: £45 per hour
Evening sessions: £50 per hour
Concessions (e.g. low / unwaged / on benefits / students): £25 per hour
(All fees are negotiable depending on circumstances)
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