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Art Psychotherapist and Psychological Therapist

About me

Hello, my name is Erin and I am an Art Psychotherapist and Psychological Therapist who works to support individuals (aged 14+) in making the unconscious visible, encouraging connection with our inner wisdom and light. I have extensive and existing experience working for NHS in-patient and community mental health services (both CAMHS and Adult).  As such, my therapeutic offerings include evidence-based, NHS approved approaches.  As an Art Therapist and practicing independent artist, I absolutely see the power in using creativity, expression and art to support the therapeutic process. I have seen the power of the arts to encourage vulnerable individuals to better understand themselves and move on from a commonly cited feeling of ‘stuckness.’ Art Therapy can help reduce anxiety and change your relationship with control, self-acceptance, and resilience. 

My specialisms and areas of ongoing research / professional development include:

  • Autism
  • Anxiety (General, Social)
  • Body image difficulties
  • Communication difficulties
  • Depression / Feeling low
  • Eating disorders / Disordered eating behaviours
  • Emotional dysfunction
  • Social difficulties
  • Unhealthy coping strategies

Therapeutic approach

Each individual’s inner world and language is absolutely unique and as such, the therapeutic intervention I offer to support each individual’s journey will be unique and tailored specifically for that individual. Alongside a creative therapy approach, I​ ongoingly assess where psychoanalytical, cognitive-interpersonal (an approach that considers the biology and psychology of difficulties and how these interact to keep a disorder or unhealthy coping strategy alive), mindfulness and meditative approaches may be beneficial for each individual.  My approach will incorporate both verbal and non-verbal techniques which I will adapt with the direction of each individual’s journey. Where there is a need, I may suggest and offer to support therapeutic work with familial relations – parents, carers and partners, which can help an individual to maximise their progress. 

Art Therapy

Art Therapy is used to support the therapeutic process, and can help reduce anxiety and change your relationship with control, self-acceptance, and resilience.  It is a non-intrusive approach to explore painful feelings or experiences.  This approach to therapy can be valuable for anyone – young people, adults and the elderly. It can be helpful for anyone who is finding it difficult to put thoughts and feelings into words, struggling to communicate things verbally. 

You do not have to be naturally creative, or have any creative experience to find value in this pscyhotherapeutic approach. Through utilising the creative process, you can explore yourself in a safe, contained space with a highly trained professional.   Art therapy is not a recreational activity or art lesson. Neither is it a distractive tool. Rather, it is a way to support the therapeutic process through using gentle techniques (these may be directive or non-directive) alongside traditional verbal therapy approaches.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Master of Art in Art Psychotherapy Practice (MA) - Distinction - Northern Art Psychotherapy Programme, Sheffield, UK. 

Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Nutrition and Health - Joint Honours (B.Sc. Hons.) - 1st Class - University of Leeds, UK.

Professional bodies

Registered Art Psychotherapist - (BAAT) British Association of Art Therapists

Registered Art Psychotherapist - (HCPC) Health and Care Professions Council 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

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Fees

£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

All art materials and equipment included 

Further information

Next steps to get started with therapy:

  1. Call or email Erin to set up an initial session. Here you will be able to talk about what you would like help with and what you would like to get out of therapy.
  2. If you are happy to continue, Erin will set up a second session (either weekly or fortnightly) at a time that is convenient for you.  This will be either face to face or online, which ever you prefer.
  3. During your second session, Erin will provide you with a therapeutic contract, and your therapeutic journey will begin.  Erin offers a pre-therapy assessment and regular therapeutic reviews as part of the agreement.

Victoria Therapy Centre, 22 Victoria Road, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3LQ

Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp
Zoom

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