Clare Dash MA(Art Therapy), MA (Hons)
12-17 Upper Bridge Street
I am an experienced Art Psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. I deeply value authenticity and offer a down to earth approach; to provide a safe and nurturing space to empower you to develop compassion and curiosity about your Self.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses visual art making as its primary mode of communication. It involves the use of visual and tactile media as a means of self-expression. Our therapy would aim to enable you both to discover an outlet for complex and confusing emotions that cannot always be expressed verbally, and to foster self-awareness and growth.
I also offer the gentle and bespoke Brainspotting psychological treatment, aimed to address stress and trauma. Brainspotting is essentially an open, intuitive and inclusive model of working which encourages both therapist and client to make use of their inner knowledge and practical wisdom. Often bilateral sounds are used alongside the mindful way of looking with the eyes. In my treatments the mind can heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does.
In a Brainspotting session eye positions which correlate with inner neural and emotional experience are located. These eye positions are then held with a mindful gaze. This process can enable profound resolution of issues, which are thought to be held deeply in the non-verbal and non-cognitive aspects of the brain.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for people who have problems following traumatic experiences. Everyone has traumatic experiences during their lives. The effects can be physical, psychological or a mixture of the two. Most recover quickly but some do not. Sometimes the effect of a trauma can stay with us and affect our lives long after the event. In this case, help may be needed to aid recovery.
EMDR is an approach that seems to help ‘unblock’ the brain’s processing so that traumatic memories can become “ordinary” memories. EMDR involves asking the person to think about the upsetting events. Next, they are asked to look at the therapist’s hand and follow it back and forth for a short time. Other types of left-right stimulation such as hand taps or sounds might also be used. Typically, something shifts and the person reports a change in the image, thoughts, feelings or physical sensations, so that they become less distressing.
The number of treatment sessions needed depends upon the specific problem, history and complexity of the case. Often, between 8 and 12 sessions are offered, but more sessions can be offered if needed.
I am continually moved to help others access their unique healing and go on to experience meaning and happiness in their life. Please contact me if you would like to discuss beginning treatment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully registered Art Psychotherapist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trauma practitioner, with level 4 training. I have over 22 years’ experience providing art therapy in adult mental health services in UK and Australia. I also work part time in the NHS, where I have worked for the last 9 years.
I offer a gentle approach which may involve creativity alongside talking or accessing the brains own natural healing processes. I really love the Brainspotting process and have completed my training to phase 2.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dissocaitive Identity Disorder. Any blocks in creativity, such as 'artists' block'.
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An initial brief consultation via the telephone or email is provided free. Each therapy session cost is between £50 and £70. Once you book your first paid session you will be offered payment options. Payments are due at the completion of each session.
I am happy to discuss with you the process for deciding on a therapist and how to seek the help you need.
Please visit my website for more information about me or my approach: https://www.claredasharttherapy.co.uk
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I am currently taking on new clients.I am only available on Tuesdays. Please contact me to enquire.
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