About me

Art Psychotherapist

All that we have been through in the last few months has left some of us uncertain of how to manage our feelings and emotions.  Sometimes it is helpful to work with someone who can think with us about our experiences.

As an Art Psychotherapist I have seen how images can unlock and access parts of the brain that words cannot explore. This includes experiences from before one could speak and also ones that you have no vocabulary for.

I come with a person-centred approach believing that the individual has the tools within them to heal the hurt they are currently feeling and that with respect and acceptance they can find a more fulfilling way of being. I also bring the understanding that we are all part of the family and society in which we live and it is therefore important to consider the impact that these systems may be having on us.  This means that when working with children and young people I may well ask that a parent or carer attends some sessions with the young person or child.  By working dyadically in this way both individuals will have a deeper understanding of each other and the parent or carer will be better able to support the work that has been undertaken.

I also believe that it is helpful for clients to understand a little of how their brain may be catching them out and so will often share some psycho-education.  Understanding what is happening can sometimes be the key to addressing emotions and feelings and processing them cognitively.

If you decide that you would like to consider working with me we would start with an initial assessment session to learn more about each other and think together about whether using art materials will be a helpful way to access feelings and emotions. After this meeting we can then decide whether this is the most appropriate therapy for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire

I am state registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and also a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (Baat)

I have been a practicing Art Psychotherapist for 9 years working mainly with children and young people and their families and recently in palliative care and in an end of life setting.

My practice has taken me into mainstream and special educational school settings to work with children and young people. I have had the opportunity to train school staff about attachment as well as mental health and wellbeing .

I have also worked with adoptive families to help to build lasting relationships.

I have experience in setting up an Art Therapy department in a palliative setting. This included informing and educating other health professionals about the efficacy of Art Therapy.

Prior to retraining as an Art Psychotherapist I was a classroom teacher and so have some understanding of how children and young people may be experiencing school.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Adoption

Dyadic family work

Fees

Additional information

My Fees start at £40 an hour for assessments and £70 - £100 for individual sessions. 

Further information

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information about Art Psychotherapy

Beacon Clinic
Portland Road
Malvern
Worcestershire
WR14 2TA

Type of session

In person