About me

I am an Art Psychotherapist and have been practicing since 2005.  I have worked in Edinburgh and the Lothians with individuals and groups in both short and long-term therapy.  Art psychotherapy is a regulated, psychological therapy which uses art materials to help express thoughts and feelings.  Art materials can offer a way into the therapy work, they can bring shape to thoughts and feelings when words can’t be found.  I provide a supportive, confidential and accepting space for you to explore safely and talk about whatever is concerning you.  Art psychotherapy can be a vehicle for you to have a better understanding of why you do the things you do, and help you make the changes in your thinking, feelings and behaviour that you are seeking.  My aim is to help you move towards a more meaningful life and a sense of wholeness and wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated in 2003 with distinction and since then I have worked in community mental health with adults as an Art Psychotherapist and held the post of Senior Art Psychotherapist within Health-in-Mind since 2009. During this time I have facilitated groups, held a caseload of individual clients, supervised art therapy trainees and promoted and managed an Art Psychotherapy Service.

I have experience of working with many mental health issues including depression, anxiety and panic attacks, personality disorders and dissociation.  I also have extensive experience working with people who have experienced early trauma.

In 2018, I co-facilitated an Interpersonal Learning group for the Art Therapy MSc at Queen Margaret University. More recently, since 2019, I have been working in Edinburgh University’s Student Counselling Service.

Before training in Art Psychotherapy, I worked as a Community Artist with children and in community education, with adults and adolescents with learning disabilities. 

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.

Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50+ for a 50 minute individual weekly session

£40 for a 2hr weekly group session - block of 10 weeks (Please contact to note interest)

All fees include use of art materials.

I offer a small number of appointments at a reduced rate for people on reduced incomes, students and for trainee therapists.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Groups

Since 2005 I have worked with art psychotherapy groups in community mental health.  

Groups can offer the potential to look at yourself in relationship with others in an immediate way. In therapy groups, people often begin to connect more deeply and meaningfully with themselves and each other. Some initial, gentle guidance will be offered to help the group bond and feel safe.  My approach is non-directive, however individuals may wish to work with personal themes.  These can become more focused and they often evolve and suggest other directions to go in.

Please call to express an interest in joining a group.  

Edinburgh
Midlothian
EH9

Haddington
East Lothian
EH41

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Online platforms

Zoom
Andrea Spink

Andrea Spink