About me

Shining Pearls

Creative Arts Therapist for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults.

A space for young people to use the arts to express their feelings so that they can develop better resilience, self-awareness, confidence and happiness.

My name is Amy Hill and I am a Creative Arts Therapist who specialises in counselling and psychotherapy for children and young people. I am experienced in working with children, young people, and parents and carers in school settings, charities and online. I offer one-to-one counselling to children from three years old through to adolescence and young adulthood. I also offer services and consultations to parents and carers, to support them to improve and reinforce their relationship with their children.

Services:

Counselling sessions provide a non-judgemental space where an individual can share their thoughts and feelings with a professional who offers an objective perspective. My specialism in arts therapy means that I can help people express themselves beyond the spoken word. Sometimes, words are not enough to fully express the deeper emotions lying beneath the surface.

During the sessions, I may use a number of art forms for therapeutic conversation such as:

  • Sandplay
  • Paints & pencils
  • Puppetry
  • Storytelling
  • Poetry
  • Music
  • Movement

I offer Parent and Child Therapy and 121 Counselling. The arts can help you rehearse the impossible, to play out something you may not feel you can do in reality and to explore this using conversations and role-play.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have always loved the arts. I received my BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of the West of England, and later received my Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Arts and Diploma in Children’s Counselling from The Institute for Arts In Therapy and Education (IATE), a sister organisation of the internationally acclaimed Centre for Child Mental Health. Learning is lifelong, and I am currently studying for a Diploma in Parent/Child therapy. My interest in working with parents/carers and children stems from the fact that their relationship is a critical factor in how the child develops as an individual and in who they turn out to be. The outcomes I seek to facilitate in my work are positive and strengthened bonds between parents/carers and their children.

​Supplementing my skills as an arts therapist, I can draw on eight years’ experience as an English language teacher, during which time I worked in China, Spain, and the UK, teaching children, adolescents, and adults from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds. This experience of teaching and engaging students from varied backgrounds has instilled in me a high degree of empathy and understanding. This has allowed me to build relationships more effectively, strengthened my interpersonal and communication skills as a supplementing feature to my skills as a counsellor.

​I use an integrative therapeutic model. This means it incorporates a variety of child development theories, psychoeducation and neuroscience. These elements provide the theoretical framework for the work I do with the children and young people and their parents/carers.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees for 1-2-1 counselling:

  • Free 15-minute call to see if I am the right person for your child or if I am the right person for you.
  • £60 for 1hr for initial consultation with parent/carers/young person and parent/carer.
  • *Optional 6-week £60 p/hr review or free 15minute review with parent/carers/young person and parent/carer.
  • £55 for 50mins weekly session/£60 for a one-off session.

Minimum of 6 sessions for effective counselling treatment. I can also offer a single session if you would like to focus on a specific issue or decision that you would like support with.

Fees for parent and child therapy:

  • Free 15-minute call to see if I am the right person for you.
  • £60 for 1hr for initial consultation with parent/carer.
  • *Optional 6-week £60 p/hr review or free 15-minute review with young person and parent/carer.
  • £75 p/hr - Parent/child therapy sessions.

Minimum of 6 sessions for effective counselling treatment.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8am-8pm.

Further information

Why arts therapy?

1) Sometimes talking is not enough.

2) Using the arts can help develop the right hemisphere of the brain and integrate it with the analytical and reasoning left hemisphere.

3) Imagery can heal and act as a safe container for our feelings.

4) The arts can help you rehearse the impossible, playing out something you may not feel you can do in reality. The arts give you permission to see what the impossible would be like in a safe and contained way.

5) Moving from one art form to another can deepen the dialogue between the therapist and client. Art can often help us get to the core of what you are feeling more quickly than talking.

6) The arts can help us to convey meaning by externalising the internal.

7) The arts can reveal the hidden, lost, and neglected parts of the self.

What do I do next if I want to get in contact with you?

You can call me, text me or email me. Then, we can arrange a free telephone consultation to see if I am the right person for you.

Whyteleafe
Surrey
CR3

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families

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Amy Hill

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