Hello and welcome
Based on over ten years experience, my aims are to help people who live with emotional, psychological and relational difficulties to gain greater awareness, find a deeper connection and feel at peace within their selves.
I specialise in treating trauma and the psychological issues surrounding it. 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.
If this describes any of your experiences, please continue to read to find out how I can help you.
My approach to therapy
I offer professional and confidential support to help you move through your difficulties, clear trauma and work alongside you to foster a more resilient and compassionate sense of yourself.
I work with a particular focus on somatic mindfulness (body awareness), creativity and relational dynamics (patterns of relating). If you wish to read more on this please go to my website www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk or contact me directly
How will you benefit from therapy with me?
- Bring new awareness and self-understanding
- Make changes fast without re-traumatising
- Feel accepted and safe
- Have freedom from judgement
- Know your pace of working is respected
- The choice to work with creative methods
- Benefit from using gentle mind-body awareness
What to expect
To help you decide if I am the right 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 difficulties. 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, so no problems with people walking past. This 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. This gives us a plan to work with and, together, we decide when to review this. 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 could arrange an initial meeting. Initial meetings are charged at half fee and are free from any obligation.
Therapy - Creative therapy and Lifespan Integration therapy
- Individual therapy – short to long term therapy
- Group therapy – for trainee arts therapists
- Therapy for therapists, counsellors, and trainees
Career coaching – a short term structure to explore a set focus
Clinical Supervision of those in the caring profession
Workshops and Training
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.
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Creative Career Coaching facilitates and supports you to take steps towards what you want in the world of work. If you are looking to expand your confidence,find the area of vocation you want, or gain clarity on new developments CCC may be of help you.
I draw on some of the creative interventions I use in therapy and supervision work and apply this to a structure that helps you to explore what you need to look at. Although the sessions are structured, there is the flexibility to tailor to individual needs. Book an initial meeting to discuss how CVC can help you. For more information please go to www.creativeartstherapy.co.uk
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.