Reaching4ward, is a psychotherapy/counselling service based in the South West of Sheffield.
The focus of the service is on recovery and well-being and includes the use of both DBT and an Art Therapy approach. The service specialises in Personality Disorder and Complex needs.
The service runs from an accessible location in the South West of Sheffield, close to main bus routes, the train station and the city centre, in some instances people may prefer to be seen at home, so home visits are available for this purpose. Rooms can also be available to facilitate group work.
We offer a wide range of experience in working with individuals who are depressed, unable to manage a distressing life event, or have more severe complex needs. As a practitioner, a persons welfare is paramount to gaining positive and effective outcomes from therapy so therefore each situation has a tailored response according to need. The combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness and Art therapy provides an extensive experience for the person who wants to effect changes in their life.
Why use Art Psychotherapy as part of the counselling process ?
Firstly art psychotherapy (AP) provides a safe confidential space where adult’s of any age can express thoughts and feelings through the use of images/art making and other forms of creativity as well as words. This means that it is a more accessible way of communicating for people who have difficulties in expressing their feelings. For some people, they may not have a large vocabulary such as younger children or people with autism and disabilities. However, there are lots of people who may find it difficult to articulate their emotions for many reasons, often because of anxiety
AP can use both directive and non-directive approaches. This means that the therapist can assist you to use different art materials and techniques to deal with both past and present issues and guide you towards a more positive future. It is a unique way of approaching a problem.
Why does Art psychotherapy work so well in a counselling environment?
For most people, the idea of walking into a therapy session and having to sit down and talk to a complete stranger is very daunting. After all who wants the double anxiety of not only having to confront the issues that sent them to therapy in the first place, but also to build a trusting relationship with the counsellor.
In actual fact, AP is a very gentle process. It is certainly not used to test or judge a person’s artistic skill and if your only experience of using art was back at school where you were told that you couldn’t draw or paint by some well-meaning teacher, then yes you may have been made to feel excluded in the classroom, but you are definitely not excluded from AP. As previously mentioned it is about using different ways, as well as talking, to identify and deal with issues, problems and behaviours.
There are many books and much literature which explain the process of AP in great detail. It has been proven to work with all ages, across all specialisms and more recently with veterans who have PTSD. Images that are produced or used during the sessions can be revisited many times and can equally offer another dimension each time. Everyone is different in how they perceive shapes and colours and the world. This approach to a counselling session creates a connection with self, a renewed confidence and stability as part of the outcome.
Following an assessment session, we would make a decision about whether you want to continue with the therapy and then how often we would meet. The sessions will be regularly reviewed as everyone is different and people will need more or less sessions. Being guided by the person is an essential part of the service.
I hope this has offered some insight into the sort of counselling that is available and we look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Relevant Training includes:
- Personality disorder
- Emotional coping skills/DBT
- Solution Focussed therapy in mental health
- CBT intermediate course
- Models of mental disorder
- Working with self harm
- Safeguarding adults and children
- Recognising sexual exploitation of children and adults
- Holistic Health Care and the NHS
- Clinical risk assessment
- Mental Health Act
- Mental Capacity Act
- Suicide prevention
- MA Art Psychotherapy
- Certificate in person centred art therapy skills
- Practice Educator Award
- Approved Mental Health Professional
- Degree in fashion design and textiles
A snapshot of some of my experience
As the founder member of Reaching4ward I have worked with young adults to address self-harming and eating disorders.
I also worked with people who have an acquired head injury/physical health problems and as a result have had poor body image.
I have worked in the Together Women project (TWP) which is part of the probation service. I developed a therapy and counselling service over a period of 6 months and took referrals for women who wanted to engage in immediate crisis type therapy, longer term therapy or who were just passing through. I have worked within a community therapies team and a low secure unit. . I have used art coupled with counselling skills throughout my working life to communicate with individuals, from my time as youth worker until the present time and it is useful to have a sound understanding of mental health issues, when using a therapy approach.I have facilitated art therapy groups with people who have personality disorders, mental health issues and have continued to offer individual psychotherapy.
I feel that as a psychotherapist and mental health professional I have a strong value base and a commitment to effecting positive change in people’s lives.
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Areas of counselling we deal with
Dialectical behavioural therapy, (DBT) is a strong feature of the service, with the emphasis on developing coping skills and minimising thoughts of suicide and self harm. This is particularly useful for individuals who have a personality disorder diagnosis or traits.
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75 minute sessions are offered, following an initial assessment session of 75 minutes (£20). An inital assessment session is to establish whether the therapy/ counseling is right for you. The session will enable a prospective client to sample the therapy, before deciding whether to have regular sessions. this is offered as an option, as with all types of counselling or psychotherapy, it is difficult to know what you are buying into, until you have actually tried the product!
Rates are as follows:
- £20 initial assessment session for all (75 minutes)
- Then, 75 minute sessions are as follows;
- £25 for children up to age 18 years
- £30 for students/unwaged
- £45 for individuals in full time employment
- Fees to be paid on the day or in advance of the sessions.
We have access to rooms in the South West of Sheffield or are able to undertake home visits.
Further information can be provided, so please feel free to make enquiries
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Please leave a text message or use email as initial contact, as it is not always possible to answer the phone immediately. A reply to your enquiry will be made as soon as possible
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