Claire Walsh BA (Hons) MA, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
I offer a space to reflect and explore in Individual Art Psychotherapy or Mindfulness Based Art Psychotherapy for adults, children or young people. I have 15 years experience including 10 years within NHS.
When engaging in art psychotherapy no art making skills are necessary.
- Art therapy can be helpful for people who struggle to articulate their feelings
- It can also be very helpful to improve understanding of and connection to feelings
- It can be helpful in learning to regulate or manage strong emotions
- The process can ease distress, develop new awareness and discover new perspectives and solutions
- It can be used to resolve a full range of mental health problems (see below) but can also access dormant creativity and imagination
I can also deliver joint sessions between parents/ carers and young people using Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, using play and art making. Involving parents in their children's therapy - planning and reviewing together is important to me in order to develop communication and empower parents within their role.
I offer mindfulness based art therapy or mindfulness sessions and my own mindfulness practice underpins this work. I have had a thorough therapeutic training that values self awareness and willingness to explore the self and relationship dynamics.
Quotes from past clients (permission has been given to use the following)
'Claire listened so well she listened to what I wasn't saying and avoiding bringing in to the therapy and would help me to broach the uncomfortable topics I was avoiding in a sensitive manner. She was very helpful sounding board when I was problem solving. Following Claire's sessions I would often feel much more assertive and empowered and ask for things that would help me'
'Perhaps due to my inner hesitation in disclosing difficult material or being vulnerable, I sometimes found it a challenge to talk (especially early on) but Claire's gentle approach and humour helped me grow to communicate more easily. The help I received has surpassed my expectations. I thought I might learn some things to help me cope with anxiety, but it has all but disappeared from daily life and I feel equipped to take care of myself in order to deal with any future 'wobbles'. This has made a massive difference to my quality of life and relationships, and I will continue to reflect and build on the progress I've made with Claire.'
Email to arrange phone consultation where I can answer any queries you may have regarding the process or arrange a free 1 hour assessment session with no obligation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been working since 2003 (in training from 2000) in mental health services with children, adolescents and adults. I have also been practising mindfulness since 2003 and have since trained in the delivery of this within a mental health setting.
My particular knowledge, experience and interest are in areas of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, OCD, looked after children or adopted children, victims of domestic violence or sexual abuse (having worked for the NSPCC and a women's refuge).
I have also trained in introductory skills with Solution Focused techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Mentalization Based Therapy, Compassion Focuses Thapy, Attachment Based Psychotherapy. I have completed level one Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes Method) and have implemented this within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) I have completed a year long training on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and the same in Focusing (devised by Eugene Gendlin). I work in a setting within the NHS where understanding of techniques of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is important and has influenced my work. I am open to integrating different approaches in to my work and am always seeking new ways of developing my skills.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
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No charge for one hour long assessment session in which you can see whether you feel you can work with me and I assess whether the approaches I am trained in would be helpful for you.
Low Waged £40
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
9-5 Friday's. 6.30-9pm several evenings a week or occasional weekend sessions
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer supervision in Art Psychotherapy and have supervised students and qualified Art Psychotherapists.