Clare Faulkner MA Art Psychotherapist BAAT Approved Private Practitioner
Have you ever become engrossed in a doodle or a scribble? I believe there has always been much in common between creativity and healing, whether it is through image making, music or any creative pursuit, the creative process enables a restorative and expressive journey to heal and recover. My interest in arts and creativity combined with my experiences of working in the NHS led me to train as an Art Psychotherapist and I am able to offer private individual sessions from my studio practice near to Biggleswade. I am also able to offer group work and clinical supervision.
Art Psychotherapy is an opportunity to explore thoughts and feelings through the medium of art. Art psychotherapy can help improve confidence, self esteem and communication. Art Therapy is non-directive and non-threatening and verbal responses are not always necessary - it relies on alternative means of communication other than speech. No previous experience of art making or artistic ability is required.
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Please note - I am not offering face to face sessions at this current time due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
However, I can offer Skype sessions as an alternative, perhaps with a view to resuming face to face sessions when professional and Government guidance changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the adult and child mental health field where I have worked with people suffering from depression, schizophrenia and psychosis. I also have experience of working with people who have substance misuse issues, people with a diagnosis on the Autistic Spectrum, including Asperger's, people with a Learning Disability, and individuals who have no diagnosis but wish to enter into therapy to enable change in their lives.
I have facilitated one to one sessions and therapeutic art based groups for over 10 years with a range of different client groups in both residential and community settings, working with children, young people and adults.
Alongside my private practice I facilitate Art Psychotherapy sessions for charitable organisations and local authorities. I am a member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Health and Care Professions Council
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer a sliding scale of fees, dependant upon financial circumstances starting at £40 for a 50 minute session.
I can offer a safe, welcoming space for individuals and couples. I try to facilitate a creative space to enable thought and reflection where emotions and feelings can be explored safely, through the medium of art and creativity, drawing on integrative psycho therapeutic practices.
Using my skills and expertise, I will work alongside you to facilitate creativity, and an environment where we can work together to bring about therapeutic change.