Pauline Forde, Art Psychotherapist, EMDR Practitioner. HCPC Registered.

Pauline Forde,  Art Psychotherapist, EMDR Practitioner. HCPC Registered.

Powys, Mid Wales

07531 713272

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Powys, Mid Wales

07531 713272

About me

Hello, I am Pauline Forde an Art Psychotherapist, who works with children and adults, who have experienced trauma, loss, relationship, emotional and behavioral difficulties in their lives.

Nearly everyone faces challenges and difficulties in their lives at some time. For those times, I provide psychotherapy, for those trying to deal with adverse life events such as trauma, loss, bereavement, transition, relationship difficulties and those who have had tough early lives.
I have a particular interest in the treatments which deal with the impact of trauma and loss, which often present as feelings of anxiety, elevated stress, depression, and harmful behavioral strategies, which are used to manage these emotional thoughts and feelings.

I provide a safe and confidential setting in which to explore significant life events such as trauma, loss, bereavement, transition and relationship difficulties.

My training and experience have enabled me to work with children, teenagers, and adults, with a broad range of psychological and painful conditions, including,

  • Mood disturbances such as anxiety, erratic moods, stress, and depression
  • Mental health illnesses, such as personality disorder and schizophrenia.
  • Problems with self-image, low self-esteem and feeling worthless.
  • Problem behaviours, such as eating disorders and addictions.
  • Relationships difficulties.
  • Childhood traumatic experiences, such as witnessing domestic violence, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, feeling left out, abandoned or bullied.
  • Adopted and looked after children, who have had very difficult early lives, and their families.
  • Adult traumatic experiences, such as life-threatening combat; crimes such as rape, domestic violence, kidnapping, assault, accidents natural disasters and a cancer diagnosis.
  • Difficult birth experiences, post-natal depression, and/or difficulty bonding to one's child.
  • Transitions during a life span including, marriage, separation, redundancy, new jobs, change career, becoming a parent, break-down of relationships, life threatening or life limiting illnesses such as cancer, or growing old and bereavement

Because we are all different and depending on what problem you are experiencing, I use a variety of therapeutic techniques, A wide range of people can benefit from these psychological treatments, but no one type of treatment works for everyone. Different kinds of therapy work well for different people.

Art psychotherapy/ Art therapy

Art psychotherapy / Art therapy is a mental health treatment that combines the therapeutic relationship with the creative process of art making. Art therapy usually involves some talking however it also relies on non-verbal communication.

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses art materials, such as paints, drawing, clay, collage and even digital media such as photography and tablet technology. Art therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with psychological, interpersonal and somatic aspects of the creative process and self-expression(Malchiodi, 2016). The creative process is an amazing way to communicate when words alone are not enough. By using art materials, we can express and release powerful feelings such as anger, frustration, anxiety and depression. These can be contained, transformed, or symbolically disposed of, through the artwork in a safe and non-destructive way.

This treatment can be beneficial for clients of all ages from an array of different backgrounds and experiences. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses. Some people feel this form of psychotherapy as less intimidating than Talking Therapy.
For more information about Art Therapy please visit my website-

The Language of visual art - colors, shapes, lines, and images - speaks to us in ways that words cannot. Art therapy is a modality that uses the nonverbal language of art therapy for personal growth, insight, and transformation and is a means of connecting what is inside us - our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions - with outer realities and life experiences. It is based on the belief that images can help us understand who we are and enhance life through self-expression (Malchiodi, 2007).

art therapy for adults and children, trauma, anxiety, loss and relationship difficulties

Art therapy for teenagers, and children

Art Psychotherapy is particularly useful for children and young people, as it works with their natural sense of creativity and playfulness.

Art therapy can be used to help children who are struggling to make full use of school life and academic learning. This might be for a wide range of reasons such as a recent bereavement; changes in family circumstances; witnessing difficult things; learning or physical difficulties, or problems with peer relationships.

Art psychotherapy can be beneficial where there are difficulties associated with low mood, depression, anxiety and those struggling to adapt to the impact of life events. The therapy can be used to deal with issues including bullying, parental separation, bereavement, identity issues, low self-esteem, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. These states of mind and experiences can be hard to articulate verbally.

art therapy for children with low self-worth, bullying, parental seperation, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, sexual abuse.

Art Therapy for Adults

Art therapy for adults is particularly useful for individuals who feel distanced from their emotions and feelings. Some people find it difficult to articulate their painful experiences,without becoming overwhelmed emotionally and would, therefore, find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies.

Adults experiencing the following disorders or problems can benefit from treatment: anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship or family problems, learning disabilities, bereavement, eating disorders, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, terminal or chronic diseases, such as cancer and chronic pain alcohol or drug addiction, trauma, including sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

Art therapy helps adults to get in touch with their feelings about their narative, trauma and loss.

Trauma -Informed Art therapy

Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level. These memories can become trapped and stay stored as sensory memories which are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, and feelings. Art therapy provides sensory experiences which are predominantly activities that are visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory.

As traumatic memories are stored in subconscious parts of our brain they are not easily assessable to our cognitive brain. Individuals who have experiences of trauma are unable to form a coherent memory of the event, their story is either disjointed of snippets. Trauma-informed art therapy takes into consideration how the mind and body respond to traumatic events; recognizes that symptom are adaptive coping strategies rather than pathology; and helps individuals move from being "survivors" to being "thrives" (Malchoidi,2012a)

The process of art making transcends words and triggers different parts of the brain and the subconscious. Which helps reconnect sensory memories to gain a new depth of understanding. The resulting artwork enables the child/adult tell their story.

The therapy is used to improve an individual's capacity to self-regulate affect and moderate the body's reactions to traumatic experiences to set the stage for eventual trauma integration and recovery. Trauma-informed art therapy can also address and enhance attachment, particularly in children who have experienced multiple traumas and losses (Malchoidi, 2014). In work with either a child or an adult, the goal is to help the individual recover the "creative life" (Cattanach,2008) and to gain or regain a sense of well-being in oneself and in relationship to others.

Trauma-informed art therapy for children who have experienced neglect sexual and physical abuse.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Trauma shatters lives, EMDR with Pauline Forde puts trauma in the past

Trauma Shatters lives if left unresolved

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological therapy which is an extremely effective treatment for adults who have had traumatic experiences.

When we think about traumatic incidents, the obvious  ones include  life-threatening combat; crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and assault; natural disasters and a cancer diagnosis. The less obvious ones include the innocuous but upsetting experiences that daily life brings us. Examples would be ongoing emotional abuse or neglect, experiences of shame, humiliation, being left out, bullied or ridiculed and feeling not cared for(Shapiro, 1997).

The effects of trauma can be felt physically and/or psychologically. These symptoms include raw and intrusive thoughts, feelings, pictures, sounds, smells, tastes, and body sensations.

Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level and are stored in subconscious parts of our brain. Trapped memories can stay stored as sensory memories, that are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, feelings and body sensations. EMDR therapy stimulates trapped information stored in the brain and starts  unconscious information processing.Treatment involves alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, tactile 'tapping' or sounds. Through treatment, traumatic events become less intense, less immediate, and more like ordinary memories. The traumatic memories are integrated and laid to rest with a sense of completion and control.

EMDR has been proven to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also be successful in treating anxiety or panic attacks, depression, stress, addictions, phobias, sleep problems, complicated grief and performance anxiety. EMDR can be a brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy programme.

For more information about EMDR

Couple therapy with Survivors of Childhood Trauma

Couple therapy with Pauline Forde for Survivors of trauma including childhood trauma such as sexual, physical abuse

Sustaining a fulfilling and stable relationship is never easy, especially if one member of the couple has experiences of childhood trauma and now, as an adult continues to be affected by their experience.

I provide a form of couple therapy that is particularly effective in helping people address severe trauma within a relatively short period. During therapy, the client's partner supports them through their treatment sessions. This treatment can bring a clearer understanding of the effects of the trauma has upon their partner. The couple becomes able to manage the anxiety, and their relationship strengthens, becomes closer, stable and their individual sense of well-being is strengthened.

For further information about the Impact of Trauma and my services please visit

Pauline Forde Art Therapy EMDR Forde Associates

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Aberystwyth University and a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Derby University. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and have completed level one in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)

I have worked in various NHS therapeutic settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Adult Mental Health and a Cancer Support Centre.

In another life, I was a Registered General Nurse.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


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Fees Psychotherapy Sessions

My fee for individual psychotherapy sessions is charged at £45.00 per 60 minutes session.

Couple sessions usually last 90 minutes and are charged at £75.00, per session.

Parent and child therapy sessions usually last 90 minutes and are charged at £75.00, per session.

EMDR psychotherapy usually last 90 minutes and are charged at £75.00, per session.

Payment should be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

Please note a full 24 hours notice is required for canceled appointments otherwise, the full fee is payable.

Please note I offer a concessionary rate which may be negotiable for a limited number of sessions. Please contact me to discuss further.

For specialized work, please get in touch, though please be aware that there may be travel expenses incurred depending upon the venue for treatment.

Further information

The Health and Care Professions Council of Great Britain

All practising Art Psychotherapists/therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC has been set up in the UK to help protect the general public when seeking advice and treatment from a health professional.

Pauline is Registered with the HCPC, a full member of the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) a member of EMDR Association, UK & Ireland and holds a current DBS certificate.

She attends regular supervision, peer groups and workshops to keep up to date with current developments in both Art Therapy and EMDR.

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Maps & Directions

Llanidloes, SY18

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Mondays 10 am - 6.30 pm, Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm, Thursdays 10 am - 8 pm. Intensive daily therapy is an option. Please contact me for further information.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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