Based on over ten years experience, I aim to help you develop greater resilience, be more self-accepting, and feel more at peace within yourself and in your relationships.
I work with individuals, groups and couples, offering short and long term therapy, specialising in treating trauma and the impacts of it. I use talking therapy, creative therapy, lifespan integration therapy and also supervise other therapists and counsellors from my private practice.
Often people seek therapy because their difficulties have become unmanageable and their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship friction, can feel all consuming. Having a good awareness of this helps me to support you, being sensitive to work in a way that feels supportive and exploratory at the same time. It’s crucial that in healing emotionally painful issues, it is done without re-traumatising.
Many of the issues people come to me with relate in one way or another to previous trauma. These traumas can be one off incidents, like a car accident, or ongoing, such as being mistreated by someone. In some cases, unaddressed trauma can lead to feeling anxious, low and trapped, adding to difficulties with relationships, or can contribute to mental and physical health problems. Sometimes people don't realise that their issues, such as depression, are linked to previous trauma.
If this describes any of your experiences, please continue to read to find out how I can help you.
MY APPROACH TO THERAPY
It’s important to me that I get to know you well and that you get to feel comfortable with me and the way I work. I like to hear about your past histories, current experiences and desires for your future and from this I make a plan for your therapy. I work transparently, involving you in your therapy plans and reviews.
When seeking professional support we may feel out of control in certain areas of our lives and can feel like the past is dictating our present, removing our capacity to feel hopeful for our future. I aim to support you to once again feel engaged in a hopeful and positive way with your present and future.
Working with any emotional pain or trauma can be very daunting and can cause you to hold back from fully engaging in your therapy. I am sensitive to this and offer methods that help to heal without re-traumatising. I aim to beclear and direct in challenging thinking that I perceive to be self-destructive or unhealthy. I do this non-judgementally and with compassion, and seek to bring about clarity and understanding.
Working with a particular focus on the body and mind, I hope to help people develop their awareness of their whole self, rather than just 'staying in our heads' through talking. Working with the body in this context means I encourage a deeper awareness of what you feel within your body such as sensations that occur when thinking about particular issues. This benefits the therapy as it engages the nervous system, the part that connects our mind and body, and helps the therapy to work much quicker.
Creative therapy helps to illustrate, express and discover patterns of thinking, behaviour, or ways of relating. Many clients have shared how they have found working in this way extremely helpful as it allows them to try out new ways of being, offers insights and new perspectives - all important factors for personal transformation.
If you wish to read more on this please go to my website www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk or contact me directly.
WHAT TO EXPECT
To help you decide if I am the best therapist for you, it’s helpful to come to an initial meeting. This is a time for you to see where I work from, meet me and tell me a bit about your current circumstances. I am a warm and approachable person and I hold our discussions in the strictest confidence right from the outset.
My therapy room is tranquil, comfortable and has good privacy. Please be aware that the initial meeting is not a session to offer therapeutic interventions, however, people do often leave feeling 'lighter' due to sharing in some depth about their difficulties.
I will work alongside you to identify what may be contributing to your difficulties and consider what you want from your therapy. Some people get what they need after around 6 sessions, others need longer, anything up to a few years, depending on the level of need.
Please contact me by phone or email if you’d like to talk any of this through. If what I am offering is of interest to you we can arrange an initial meeting. Initial meetings are charged at half fee and are free from any obligation.
- Creative therapy
- Talking therapy
- Lifespan Integration therapy (Skype sessions available for people out of my location)
Who I work with
- Adolescents (16 years and older)
- Trainee therapists, counsellors, and trainees (individual and group therapy)
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me, or you can go to my website for further information www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from the University of Derby in 2003 with a BA Hons in Creative Expressive Therapies which was a great foundation for my professional post graduate training (Masters equivalent) as a Dramatherapist which I completed in 2005.
I became an accredited Lifespan Integration therapist in 2015 following my Level 1 training in 2011 and Level 2 in 2015 (taught by Peggy Pace)
I trained as a Creative Clinical Supervisor throughout a one year diploma course (Creative Approaches to Supervision) at the London Centre of Psychodrama, 2013 - 2014
My special interest in early life health led me to complete the Pre and Perinatal Awareness Training, Afron Monro, Derby, 2013 and the Infant Diagnostic Classification, School of Infant Mental Health, London, 2011
I worked in the NHS from 2005 - 2008 in a Tier 4 day hospital and then a Tier 3 clinic as a Dramatherapist working with children and adolescents with enduring mental health problems.
What drew me to become a therapist
Formally a youth worker, outdoor instructor, and development trainer, I have always worked with people to support and develop areas of growth. I have over 20 years combined experience working with children, adolescents and adults individually and in groups (including families). My interest in working as a therapist grew from my late teens, through my 20’s.
As a youth worker, my work with children and young people led me to be intrigued about working on a deeper level with this age group. I qualified as an outdoor development trainer as I was interested in the role of nature on social and personal development. Engaging more meaningfully with the development of young people in this way was rewarding, yet I was becoming increasingly interested to know more about the psychological processes involved in dysfunctional dynamics.
In 1998 I attended a 2 day training in 'Dramatherapy for Development Trainers' and discovered the therapeutic potential of working creatively with people. Following this short course and back at work with young people with a history of drug-use, crime, antisocial behaviour and mental health needs, I was delighted to see their enthusiastic response to the creative expressive activities I was offering! It was from here that I embarked on my career as a Dramatherapist. I feel incredibly fortunate to do the kind of work I do and am passionate about working with people creatively, witnessing the remarkable, long-term changes that occur in peoples lives.