Ali Rabjohns BACP, Transpersonal Arts Counsellor and Shamanic Practitioner
I work with adults and children who suffer a wide range of conditions such as trauma, learning difficulties, loss, anxiety and depression (working in groups or 1:1).
What is Transpersonal Arts Counselling?
Transpersonal Arts Counselling uses artistic techniques often inspired by nature, it’s rhythms and processes. The process respects the authenticity of each individual and is based upon a solid therapeutic relationship.
This therapeutic creativity then allows clients to become more aware of natural processes in and around themselves and of the healing potential of colour, line and form.
Transpersonal Arts Counselling weaves together a holistic approach that originates from Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is the philosophy of life that respects the freedom of each human being. The Artistic Therapy connected to this was developed in the early twentieth century by Rudolf Steiner, Dr. Ita Wegman, the artistic therapeutic work of Dr. Margarethe Hauschka and the artist Liane Collot D’Herbois.
My therapeutic practice is based upon the principle that illness has its roots in an imbalance of the soul and that artistic work is an expression of that soul. I aim to strengthen and bring balance to the whole human being, helping to resolve and prevent illness, therefore allowing a happier life to unfold.
I offer various drawing, painting and clay-modelling techniques, in order to correspond with the three faculties: thinking, feeling and willing. Often one area dominates over another and we try to find a healthy balance here through different artistic exercises.
For example, working with colours involves a soul-movement and a colour can set the mood of a painting. Colours are a strong medium with the ability to connect with our inner emotional world. Through guided painting, visualisation exercises and pastel drawings, we can discover the harmonising quality of colour and regain our emotional equilibrium.
Working with Ali was an amazing experience. I have been in counselling before but never felt so free to express myself and to work through my concerns and experiences both past and present. Ali holds an incredibly open, safe and supportive space, a therapeutic container for you to delve deeper.
I always felt I had emotional support when it was needed and was met with a positive but not suffocating attitude. There were clear boundaries and Ali was professional yet flexible which was always massively appreciated. I felt I could bring any issues or thought process to our sessions and we could work through it.
Working creatively with Ali was amazing for me. The artistic mediums/exploration that Ali offers really highlighted topics that were in need of being addressed, this was quite an eye opening experience, it allowed me to take the pressure off having to find words when I didn't know what they were. Combining Ali’s therapeutic creative approach with her support and knowledge meant I was able to gain a deeper insight into, and untangle the challenges I was experiencing. Most of these issues have been resolved, others I continue to work through - thanks to Ali I have tools and practises I use, and trust my intuition more than ever in regards to these. I wouldn’t think twice about contacting Ali if I felt I needed more support.
My life has quite drastically changed since working with Ali and quality of life has undoubtedly improved. I have been able to transition to a more positive place of growth and freedom. I feel so much more confident in myself and able to speak my truth. My communication skills have massively improved and I am now confident in, and able to set boundaries that continue to support my mental and physical wellbeing.
Catherine B, Teacher, East Grinstead, 2020.
Training, qualifications & experience
I'm a fully insured member of BAAT and BACP. I have undertaken a professional training recognised by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.
I work in a Specialist College and Camphill Community, with young adults ( 16 – 24 yrs).
I also have a private practice and work 1:1 or with small groups from my sustainable Eco lodge, in the heart of the magical South Downs National Park.
I have a warm, empathic approach. I am experienced working with young people who have learning difficulties, high fear and anxiety levels. I create a safe, therapeutic space and am open to working with a wide range of conditions, such as attachment issues, loss, anxiety and depression, terminal illness and trauma.
I run creative wellbeing groups and wellness retreats, as well as an UK based Medicine Wheel programme. I enjoy helping participants to develop self-awareness and to re-connect with themselves, through nature based, creative exercises.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Arts Counselling is once a week for a minimum of six weeks at a time. Each session is 1 hour and costs £45.
Concessions offered for
Please see my website www.alirabjohns.com for more information on my Arts Counselling and Shamanic work.