Rachel Dove M.A.
I am an Art therapist working with adults, young people, children and families. I have experience of working in Adult Mental Health and in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. I have experience with children with special needs and experience with children with Autism. I also work with families who have experienced domestic violence.
You do not have to be good at art, artistic or experienced in art making in any way. Art therapy is not about making works of Art.
Art therapy involves using art materials during your therapy session. This may feel odd and a bit embarrassing to start with. Over time this will help you to express and to explore your inner world as well as your relationships with others.
It is often extremely difficult to put into words psychological and emotional distress, art making offers another form of expression. Making art during your therapy session can help you think about and understand your thoughts and feelings. Art can help you express these more creatively and to manage them more effectively.
The Art made in therapy varies and can include drawing and painting, collage and sculpture. It will be your choice and a range of art materials will be available for you to explore and experiment with should you choose to do so.
The process of art making may help you to become more aware of thoughts and feelings and this can be as important as the picture or object you make. Each session usually comprises some art making and time to talk. Art making is not compulsory but it does help.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. in Art Psychotherapy Practice from the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy in Sheffield.
I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists and I am registered with the Health Professions Council.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for sessions in person
£45 for Supervision in person
£35 for online sessions