I am a qualified Art Therapist, full member of the British Association of Art Therapists and state registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I warmly welcome you to contact me, whatever your concerns or reasons for seeking therapeutic support.
Why art therapy? Art therapy is form of psychotherapy that uses art materials and art-making to explore, express and communicate feelings, thoughts, issues and concerns. The creative process can be therapeutic and cathartic, the artworks/objects made can ‘hold’ and help us cope with things that are otherwise difficult to bear. Art can also generate unexpected and healing insights. Sessions focus on the things that are most meaningful, important and concerning to you.
Art therapy can benefit people of any age, background or ability, including those with complex needs, disabilities or life-limiting conditions. I work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. No experience of art or therapy is necessary and those who find talking difficult or impossible, or who simply crave a creative outlet, may find art therapy especially beneficial.
Art therapy is used in many settings, including hospitals, schools, care homes, hospices, prisons, mental health services and community well-being initiatives.
I have personal as well as professional experience of the value of art therapy, so I am passionate about sharing the benefits Art Therapy can bring for those struggling with issues such as:
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Loss and Grief
- Anxiety or Fear
- Relationship/Family issues or breakdown
- Infertility, post-natal depression, adoption, fostering, children in care
- Trauma or Abuse
- Self harm or addiction
- Health issues, including chronic or terminal illness
- Physical or mental disabilities
- Being cared for, or a Carer
- Other difficulties experienced or faced
Usually I offer one-to-one Art Therapy sessions at 'Make It' a creative venue/artists studio in Buxton. During Lockdown (and ongoing) I have adapted my practice to offer online sessions by Zoom so this remains a possibility going forwards as well as hopefully being able to return to offering in-person sessions again soon. I have also worked at Riverside Wellbeing in the past, which has two lovely therapy rooms and is based in Whaley Bridge, so this is something that may be possible if more convenient for you than Buxton..
I am open to offering Group Art Therapy and 'Arts for Wellbeing' workshops, so please do let me know if these would be of interest to you.
I am happy to work in schools, hospitals, care homes and other settings, doing one-to-one or group sessions, provided suitable arrangements can be agreed with the venue (and subject to government and professional guidelines regarding Covid-19).
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Masters of Arts (MA) in Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London (2009)
Undergraduate Degree (BSc) in Anthropology, University College London (UCL) (2000)
Other Art Therapy related training:
- First Aid Training 2020
- Emotional Regulation & de-escalation techniques - understanding behaviour and managing risk 2020
- Supervision Training 2019
- Art Therapy with care experienced children and young people 2018
- Art Therapy and Loss - Creative Approaches 2018
- Safeguarding training and PREVENT 2016, 2017, 2018
- Rewind Technique (for Trauma) 2016
- Brief approaches to Art Therapy 2015
- Neuroscience, Attachment & Creativity 2014
- Working with Anger in Art Therapy 2014
- Private Practice Training 2014
For 5 years I worked for a London-based children's charity, offering therapeutic support to children in schools as well as to their parents and carers. I worked as an Art Therapist, Supervisor to trainees and charity Coordinator.
During my training as an Art Therapist I worked in an NHS adult psychiatric hospital, with in-patients and outpatients.
Prior to training as a therapist I worked for charities in the UK and overseas (Uganda, Indonesia and the Caribbean) including working with vulnerable, marginalised people and with former child soldiers.
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
- Phone enquiries - no charge.
- Initial consultation (Art Therapy Assessment) - 50 minutes: £45
- Weekly Art Therapy (one-to-one) sessions in Buxton - 50 minutes: £45 [If you have little income or receive benefits please ask me about a discretionary reduced fee]
- Weekly Art Therapy (one-to-one) sessions @ other locations: £50-75 depending on venue and travel costs
- Weekly block booking by a school, care home or other organisation: £40-65 per one-to-one session, depending on venue, number of sessions & travel costs. Or day rate negotiable
- Group Art Therapy and 'Arts for Well-Being' group sessions - prices and locations to be confirmed.
Currently available for one-to-one and group work, with some flexibility around times and days.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have. If I am unable to answer please do leave me a message, ideally with the best times to contact you, and I will call you back.