Hello Im Catherine, I am a Qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care professionals council.
During the outbreak of Covid-19 all my practice has moved online until further notice. I provide a safe confidential space with compassionate and empathetic support: I am here to listen. I know it can be scary to reach out for support particularly if its the first time. Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions about therapy, myself, your goals or concerns. I'll be happy to answer any questions before arranging a session. Contact me to arrange a free consultation.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy. It is not essential to use art in therapy; The use of art in the therapy room is used as a tool, aid to or form of communication and or expression in the therapy room. It can be used to help us to untie tricky emotions. It can help us process and understand ourselves, our thoughts or feelings about our past, present or future experiences/anxieties.
Art Therapy is unique in its ability to work within your window of tolerance. There is no pressure to talk or to make art in Art Therapy.It can be incredibly difficult for us to talk about our feelings or experiences sometimes. Making art can feel safer and easier than just talking. Using art helps to access parts of our brains that shut down when things become overwhelming and or traumatic. This in turn can help access, process, understand and move forward form such difficult experiences or feelings.
Art Therapy can be used to help adults, children and young people. Art therapy originally was inspired by psychoanalysis but today Art Therapy draws from many psychological theories and approaches for instance; attachment based theories, neuroscience, metallisation, mindfulness and compassion-focused. Each person is unique and Art Therapy tailors its approach to suit the needs of the individual. The therapeutic relationship and what is Brought to the therapy room is what is most important.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 3 years clinical experience post qualification working as an Art Therapist.
I have a Masters degree in Art Therapy from the University of Derby (2018).
I am Registered with the Health and Care professionals Council.
I am currently working in private practice as well as contracted to work in mainstream and specialist (SEMH) schools in Derbyshire and Walsall.
I have a range of experience working with adults, children and young people in various contexts and settings.
I have and do work with people who come to me with a vast array of experiences and or diagnosis including for example; Anxiety, Depression, Self-Harm, Suicidal Ideation, PTSD, ADHD, BPD, Autism, Complex Trauma, Stress, Difficulties with Anger, Bereavement, Abuse and Low Self Esteem.
- I have an ICO Registration - Information commissioners office.
- I have a full DBS Certificate - Disclosure and Baring service.
- I have Professional Indemnity Insurance in use (Howden Insurance).
- I attend monthly clinical supervision.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Free 30 min initial consultation
£45 per session (50 minutes)
Concessions offered for
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