Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art making and images as part of the therapeutic process. Art therapy does not require you to have any previous experience of making art. Using art materials in the presence of a supportive art therapist provides an alternative way to freely express and explore your feelings, especially when verbal communication may feel difficult. I offer a respectful, non-judgemental, and confidential space to process difficult emotions and experiences at your own pace.
Art therapy can be an enjoyable and non-threatening way to build a trusting therapeutic relationship and a gentle and effective holistic tool for improving mental well-being. I work with a person-centred approach, supporting you in forming your own insights and self-discovery. This may help with a growing understanding of yourself and your relationships with others.
I have worked in various therapeutic and educational settings with adults, children and young people with a variety of social, emotional and mental health issues. During my training, I provided art psychotherapy for adults at an NHS specialist psychological trauma service and for children who had suffered trauma and loss.
I am also a qualified yoga teacher, with a special interest in trauma sensitive yoga, as well as the connection between mind, body and nature. I offer the practice of yoga and yoga nidra in addition to art psychotherapy.
I am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists, whose guidelines and code of ethics I follow.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc Art Psychotherapy - Queen Margaret University - 2 years full time
- BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
- Soma Yoga and Medicine School - Yoga Teacher Training - 200 hrs
- Trauma Sensitive Yoga - Centre for Trauma and Embodiment - 20 hrs foundation
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.