Beccy Hayward

Beccy Hayward

10 Hocker Hill Street
Chepstow
Wales
NP16

07747 728230

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10 Hocker Hill Street
Chepstow
Wales
NP16

07747 728230

About me

I am a fully qualified Art Psychotherapist, a registered member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and I adhere to the codes of conduct of these organisations. I have professional liability insurance, a current DBS certificate and Safeguarding training. I work with children, adolescents and adults and can offer joint sessions for parent/carer and child. I can also facilitate groups.

I offer a confidential, safe and supportive therapeutic space where I encourage freedom of expression through the use of art materials to individuals who are experiencing mental, physical, social and emotional difficulties. The relationship between myself and the client is of central importance but also in art psychotherapy it is the three-way process between the client, therapist and the art work created that is unique. Over time I build a trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients helping to facilitate new perspectives that will bring about a sense of acceptance or re-evaluate situations or feelings.

The core of my therapeutic approach is Psychodynamic. I work with an understanding of attachment based psychotherapy and I am influenced by Gestalt theory. I place emphasis in meeting people where they are in the moment and with what they choose to bring to their sessions.

What is Art Psychotherapy
Art psychotherapy is a creative form of psychotherapy using art media as a means of expression and communication. Art Psychotherapy can be helpful to anyone who finds it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally or may prefer a different way of expressing themselves.

You don’t need previous experience or to be good art, it’s the therapeutic process and the meaning attached that’s important. Often when a difficulty has been explored using the art materials it can be reflected on and experienced objectively or understood differently and often becomes clearer, which can make it easier to talk about. Making art can often communicate at a symbolic level complex and confusing thoughts and feelings, which can be shared and worked with within the therapeutic relationship. The art made can act as a container for difficult content and emotions and as it has a concrete form it can be safely put away, with the option of returning to it for further exploration, to unpick and work through over time, as part of the healing process.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional qualifications:
2011 - 2014; MA Degree in Art Psychotherapy (Newport, Wales)
2009 - 2011; Foundation Degree in Creative Arts Therapies (City of Bristol College and Plymouth University)

Experience
As well as working in private practice, I’m a self-employed art psychotherapist in schools in Bristol, working with children individually and in groups and working with parent/carer and child in joint sessions. I work with children with a wide range of experiences and traumas, many of whom are children who are looked after. I work with a wide range of emotional states that can be overwhelming, such as; anger, grief, anxiety and sadness. Also helping young people make sense of life events including domestic violence and abuse, bullying, changes in family structure and illness, peer relationships, bereavement, trauma, social anxiety, and feelings of isolation.

As a trainee art psychotherapist, I worked in an acute mental health inpatient ward at the Royal United Hospital Bath, working with adults with a range of mental health difficulties at a crisis point in their lives. I also worked with Bristol North Community Learning Difficulties Team with adults with learning disabilities and downs syndrome, working together on issues of bereavement and loss.

I qualified as an art psychotherapist in 2014 and prior to that, I had five years of experience of working as a therapeutic arts facilitator, working with a wide range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC
BAAT

Fees

Sessions are weekly at the same time each week

Each session is 50 minutes

  • Free telephone consultation
  • Appointments are £45
  • Parent –child sessions are £50

Discounts are available for students enrolled in professional training for psychotherapy or counselling, requiring personal therapy as part of their training.

Further information

Continued Professional Development

2017

  • Gestalt fundamentals training
  • Internal Family Systems
  • Working with Relational Trauma
  • Working with People Who Self Harm
  • The Rescued Fragment – What underlies Shame
  • Safeguarding in education and PREVENT

2016

  • Dyadic Parent-Child Art Psychotherapy Training Level 1
  • Introducing a Model of Art Therapy Based Organisational Consultancy
  • Assessing Dissociative Disorders
  • Introduction to Safeguarding in Education
  • Integrative Sandplay Studies
  • Energy Tools Training, 1 and 2
  • Gestalt, The secret Agent of Shame
  • Letting the Future In, Therapeutic Intervention for Children Affected by Sexual Abuse

2015

  • Working with Children in Trauma; An Exploration of Trauma Symptoms, Trauma and the Impact on a Child, Treating Dissociation
  • Digital Media Workshop
  • Trauma, Psychosis and Dissociation: Working Towards Recovery
  • Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Circuits and Circumstances – The Effects of Early Experiences on the Brain
  • Initial Agency Child Protection
  • Exploring Archetypes through Dramatherapy

2014

  • Secondary Trauma and Resilience
  • Environmental Arts Therapy
  • Explorations in the Autistic Spectrum
  • Human Trafficking Introductory Course

Maps & Directions

Chepstow, NP16

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

I am currently available Thursdays

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme