Thank you for clicking and taking the time to find out about what Art Therapy and I can offer. My name is Clare and I appreciate that navigating though the current mental health services and organisations can be overwhelming, confusing and frustrating. Hopefully you will find some answers here and I am only too happy to talk further about appropriate choices for you.
I work as an Art Psychotherapist across the age span, with children (age 8+), adolescents and adults, both individually and in groups. I can offer long and short- term therapy. I have rooms in Sheffield for face-to-face work (observing current government guidelines on appropriate social distancing and protective measures), or can offer sessions online at a compatible time to suit busy lifestyles. I usually see clients once a week at a regular time, but I also have the capacity for flexibility.
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a process of exploring, expressing and making sense of difficult thoughts and feelings through creative processes. Sometimes finding the right words and having the courage to talk to others about problems or worries can be a challenge; therefore the use of ‘art media’ (images, objects, stories, poems and metaphor) can offer another, sometimes less constrained, way to communicate.
Art Therapy is not an art lesson, recreational activity, or diagnostic tool; it is a form of psychotherapy which is researched, respected and regulated. An individual doesn’t need any previous experience or art expertise, just a willingness to engage with art media at a pace and in a way that is comfortable for them.
Images can either be created within the session or we can use ‘found’ images (for example a photograph) or ‘imagined’ images perhaps inspired by a poem or piece of music. It all depends on how you want to work; some clients never pick up a paintbrush at all during their therapy, while others make art every week. Typically in a session the therapist will sit with a client and explore an image or concept together, to help facilitate thinking about what that image might mean and how it relates to them. Using art media therapeutically can create a psychological space where individuals can work through difficult thoughts/feelings/situations and think about ways to cope or move forward. I have been told by clients that having a third thing in the room (the art media) can ‘take the pressure off’ and enable them to approach difficult subjects in a gentler way.
Is Art Therapy right for me?
You may know why you want to access therapy; you may have experienced difficult times, experiences or emotions that you are left struggling with. Alternatively you may not have a clear idea of why, but have a general sense of disconnection, frustration or unhappiness in your life with no immediate recognisable cause. You may equally just want to find out more about yourself, how you think, behave and interact with others. All of which can be given space to explore within art therapy.
I recognise that we are all individual and unique, which is why I work in an inclusive and non-judgemental way. Our sessions and their content will be held in confidence and respect confidentiality, creating a ‘safe space’ that will respect your personal history and your relationship to it. The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a special one which I honour and respect through the development of trust and my compassionate and curious nature.
I won’t tell you what to do and I don’t advise. I will help and support you in finding your own path and developing your own understandings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy (distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree (first-class honours) in Psychology. Both qualifications are accredited by BAAT and BPS. I am HCPC registered and regulated and am a full member of BAAT. My Art Therapy private practice is fully insured and I am committed to regular clinical supervision, continued professional development and further training.
I have worked in a variety of settings such as schools and alternative learning provisions, hospitals and NHS Social Prescribing, and various organisations from the corporate and charitable sectors.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Being cared for or a Carer
- Health issues and Illness
- Life changes
- Personal development
- Self-Esteem and Confidence
- Sleep problems
- Social Isolation
- Performance Anxiety
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial zoom meeting of 1 hour, where we can meet each other, ask questions, and decide if we want to enter into some therapeutic work together. The cost of this meeting is £25.00.
I tend to book sessions in monthly blocks (payable in advance) and suggest a ‘10 week review and continue if required' plan. Therapy sessions are 1 hour long, cost £50.00 each and take place once a week. On average clients have 10-20 sessions but I can work longer term.
I can offer a discount for training counsellors/therapists and a time-limited discount for those on benefits or a low income. I can offer a further discount for NHS medical workers who have been affected by working on the front-line during the pandemic.
I am now focusing on in-person work facilitated at weekends. Zoom sessions will only be offered as a backup if a further lock-down is enforced or we need to isolate.
1.11.21 - Please Note I am currently fully booked until Feb 2022. Sessions may come available sooner should circumstances change. Please contact me if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.