The relationship between the therapist and client is one of the most important elements of successful therapy. Therefore I offer an initial appointment of an hour, so that we can get to know each other and take a little time to explore your difficulties. If you then feel that I am the right person for you, we can consider the best way forward; if not, I would be able to refer you on to another therapist.
I am happy to meet with any potential client no matter what their issue, and if we agree to work therapeutically together the work will be tailored to individual needs utilising my full range of training and experience. We will work together to create the best path for your recovery; usually meeting on a weekly basis, for an hour, at the same time each week. Therapy is usually planned in six-week blocks, according to your needs. We will review the therapy process together regularly throughout.
I endeavour to provide a warm, friendly and open service in which you will feel safe to explore your issues at your own pace. My approach is integrative, having trained in both psychodynamic and person-centred we will determine the approach that best suits your circumstances. I can help you to explore your current behavioural patterns together with life events to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, this type of therapy lends itself to the longer-term, however, I am also happy to work in the short-term, utilising a range of effective short-term therapeutic techniques.
Art psychotherapy (APT) is an effective therapy for a vast array of difficulties. It works in a variety of ways. It offers an additional element to the therapy; a means of communication, a point of reference, a focus or a distraction and it also offers the opportunity to explore the subconscious processing using a person-centred approach. Some clients use art making as an intrinsic part of their therapy, while others enjoy the opportunity to be creative in that space, finding that it helps them to relax and open up. Art therapy is particularly effective when working with children and young people, as it offers an alternative form of communication and helps children to communicate things they may be otherwise unable to articulate, especially painful traumas which they may be trying to process. With younger children I also encompass an element of play therapy, depending on the needs of the child. You do not need to have any artistic interest or talent for art therapy to be beneficial.
As an art psychotherapist, I am a registered health professional certified by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Arts Therapists (BAAT). I adhere to the standards of proficiencies laid out by my governing bodies, ensuring best practise. This includes fortnightly clinical supervision, personal therapy and continuous research and reading. I hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
For more information on art therapy please see http://www.baat.org/About-Art-Therapy or contact me for a chat, or to arrange an initial consultation.
Training, qualifications & experience
My initial three-year training was in counselling skills, and theory and integrative hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, before completing a further three years training to achieve my masters in art psychotherapy.
I utilise a range of counselling and therapeutic skills to suit the specific needs of the client. Throughout my career I have continuously developed my knowledge through continuous research, reading and CPD training including transactional analysis (TA), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), sand tray therapy, neurological music therapy and substance misuse.
- Masters in art psychotherapy
- Counselling skills & theory NCFE level 3
- Integrative hypnotherapy & psychotherapy NCFE level 3
- Sand tray therapy
- Neurologic music therapy (NMT)
- Safeguarding children & young people level 3 certificate
- Child sexual exploitation awareness level 3 award
- Data protection training
- Substance misuse training
I have been working therapeutically with individuals since 2003. Recently my art therapy work has focused on children, teenagers and young people, working with attachment theory post-adoption. However, I also see adults and couples. Previously I have worked within adult mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, and perinatal as well as youth services.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
- Arts therapies
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
My fees range from £45 - £60 per hour dependant on the location, age of client, and personal circumstances. I hold a small number of reduced fee spaces for specific circumstances. Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.
Initial consultation fee £10.
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