Roger Bloomfield HCPC registered psychotherapist and counsellor
I am an independent psychotherapist and counsellor based in North Shropshire, and can offer both verbal therapy/counselling and art therapy.
My practice is based in the humanistic approach. This means I work with a deep respect and trust for an individual’s potential creativity and capacity for healing, and I aim to facilitate a therapeutic relationship in which my client can feel accepted, understood and supported. Rather than rely on a set of fixed strategies or techniques to control the process of therapy, my emphasis is on evolving a dialogue in which a person participates in finding their own unique pathway to recovery and growth.
I trained for three years at the University of Sheffield in a style of traditional psychotherapy that includes the use of artwork and expressive imagery to help a client find healing and integration. This approach, commonly known as art therapy, is recognised and regulated as a profession allied to medicine by the Health and Care Professions Council. Since qualifying in 2005 and beginning my practice I have also pursued extensive study, professional training and supervision based in Gestalt therapy and person-centred counselling.
Although art therapy and verbal therapy or counselling are separated by definition, I see them as two aspects of an integrated approach. I value talking and the use of art materials equally to find ways of expressing thoughts and feelings in the dialogue that is therapy. I believe the imagination can be an important ally in therapy; often an image that comes up in conversation or through making art can speak better than words, or help us find the right words. So artwork may sometimes become useful in a counselling session, and art therapy may become a bridge to talking. The hands-on physical process alone of using art materials can initiate a valuable re-connection between thinking and experiencing. Using the senses can literally help make sense of things.
Working creatively can be useful for those who experience an initial difficulty in relating to a counsellor or therapist through talking, or who are unable to engage with an exclusively cognitive or more clinical approach. This can be particularly relevant for those who have had distressing and traumatic life experiences, especially at an early age. Children and young people often find it easier to begin sharing their problems through working with an art therapist.
I can offer:
Therapy sessions within my private practice or in a suitable setting within reach for me.
One to one or group art therapy within institutions or organisations.
Therapy for students as part of their course requirements, including short-term experiential sessions for individuals or groups.
Art-based workshops with a therapeutic context.
Art therapy and counselling for personal development and exploration.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Psychotherapy from the University of Sheffield, 2005.
I have engaged in extensive professional development training in Gestalt therapy and personal study of integrative humanistic approaches. I have ongoing regular personal supervision from a Senior UKCP/BACP Registered Supervisor.
I have worked for over ten years as a therapist with adult clients and with children and young people both in the educational setting and in the private sector.
I now work as an independent therapist and counsellor and I am recognised as a private practitioner with the British Association of Art Therapists.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Previous to becoming an art therapist I worked full time for many years as a freelance artist and creative facilitator specialising in community work and participatory group projects and courses for adults, young people and children.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Private practice £40 per one hour therapy session (art materials included.)
I will always try to offer a lower rate for those on a limited income - please ask.
Group, sessional work etc. within schools and organisations by arrangement.
Travel costs may be added where applicable.
I am an experienced practitioner of meditation and can offer instruction and guidance for those interested in establishing a practice in their own lives.
Please contact me for details.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Private practice days Monday Tuesday and Friday, between 10 and 4 (Other days and times may be possible - please ask). Sessional 1-1 and group work (at suitable location) by arrangement.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|