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About me

Hello! I am an arts psychotherapist working in South London, both online and face to face.

No one goes through life untouched by difficulty. I think of distress and trauma on a spectrum, where we fall on its scale can impact how we interact with others, understand the world and relate to ourselves.

People enter therapy for a variety of different reasons. Some may want to explore the past, or work through a current difficulty, others to accomplish goals within their career or relationships. Some who begin this process feel dissatisfied and can’t quite place the reason why. Whatever the motivation, arts psychotherapy can provide for you a non-judgemental space to gradually work through distress and dissatisfaction using both talking therapy and creativity.

Unlike purely talking therapy, using the arts within sessions can provide a much-needed outlet to express what so often words cannot. This can be particularly useful when working through trauma and or distressing events, often being extremely hard to verbalise the experience and the complex feelings connected with them.

You do not have to be an ‘artist’ or even ‘good’ at art as the intention behind art psychotherapy is to express feeling rather than create a technical masterpiece. Anyone who is interested in working symbolically and with metaphor may be a good fit for this way of working.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA – Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (distinction) from Institute of Arts in Therapy in Education (IATE) and the University of East London (UEL)

Postgraduate Certificate in the Therapeutic Arts / Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts -(IATE)

BA (First class Honours) in Music Performance from Middlesex University

HCPC Registered, BAAT Full Membership, UKCP Membership, ICO Registered

I have experience working with in NHS and private settings with a range of different issues. I specialise in

  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety

Member organisations

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Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£70 per session.

However, I recognise that therapy is not always affordable but should be accessible – I therefore offer some low cost slots for those unable to meet the cost.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Type of session

In person