01424 460 477 / 07913 528773
I am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist (MA, Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education). I offer psychotherapy that makes use of your imagination to explore your experience, thoughts and feelings; we do this by talking and by the option to make use of a variety of creative media depending on what works best for you.
Many things can get in the way of our feeling able to be present and fulfill our true potential. Self beliefs and assumptions about life can be mostly unconscious (we don't know we have them but they inform every choice we make), having been learned from our early experiences in our family, culture and environment. If these beliefs and assumptions remain unconscious they rule our lives without our knowing it and we may wonder why we repeat negative patterns or why it feels difficult to feel content and peaceful inside ourselves. By having a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space with a qualified Psychotherapist to explore your experience through talking and/or image making, you can process any past pain and trauma so you are more free to live in the present and you can discover any limiting self beliefs based on things in the past so you can have more freedom to choose how you respond to life as it is NOW.
I work with imagination and art in psychotherapy because I believe passionately that creativity gets to the root of our unconscious material relatively easily and quickly. Images are like another language to describe how you are and communicating this way can help you express difficult feelings, get a different perspective on things and offer insights previously unavailable in your usual level of awareness. You do not need any experience with art in order to benefit from this way of working.
The way that we work together is negotiated between us, depending on what your priorities are. Equally, if you are naturally a creative person and you are experiencing blocks in your creative flow, this could be the perfect way to explore what is happening for you.
Psychotherapy also involves an awareness of the relationship that develops between therapist and client over time. People tend to repeat patterns in relationships without knowing they are doing so; the therapeutic relationship can be an opportunity for you to become more aware of any unhelpful patterns and therefore develop your ability to make more conscious choices regarding your relationships with others.
I have worked in a variety of public service settings over the last eight years, including bereavement support, family and parenting support, older peoples' mental health and sexual abuse support. I have worked with both adults and children with a wide variety of issues including experiencing domestic violence, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and bereavement.
I am currently interested in the transpersonal aspects of psychotherapy as taught by CJ Jung and others. I can help you work with your dreams as well as to explore what it means to be a fully alive and conscious human being, fulfilling your greatest potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE, www.artspsychotherapy.org).
Certificate in Child Psychotherapeutic Skills (IATE)
I am an accredited registered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy)
I have regular clinical supervision with a senior UKCP registered Arts Psychotherapist. I follow IATE and UKCP codes of ethics and professional practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£50 per 50 minute session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I see clients in my private practice on Tuesdays between 9 and 5:30 and Wednesday mornings. I do currently have some availability.
Types of client