Fiona Howarth MA - Art Psychotherapist
I am a fully qualified HCPC & BAAT Registered Art Psychotherapist providing art therapy with adults, children, young people and the elderly. I also offer dyadic art therapy for parents and children where clinically indicated. I hold an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate (DBS). I receive regular clinical supervision and carry out CPD. I am based in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. My practice is accessible from the counties of Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and North London. Artistic ability is not necessary to make use of art therapy.
I offer long term, short term, goal-focused and group approaches to art therapy. Theoretical models include Attachment-based, Psycho-dynamic and Mentalisation.
I can offer art therapy in a room in my home and also in other settings: schools and Pupil Referral Units, Charities, e.g. Mind. Community settings, e.g. Day Centres and Hospices.
Clients may have a wide range of emotional presentations, disabilities or diagnoses. These can include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses. Art therapy can be used to improve a person's overall emotional and physical well-being as well as an intervention to address specific life experiences.
What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses visual art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. When creating visual images, we ‘draw on’ the right side of our brain. This is the same side that is used before spoken language develops. In art therapy the process of making an image is as important as the image made. The art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to help reflect on and make sense of thoughts and feelings which may have become confusing and emotionally distressing.
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Training, qualifications & experience
I hold an MA Art Therapy (Distinction). I previously trained in Fashion and taught art in education for many years before becoming an Art Psychotherapist.
My experience includes Educational Settings. CAMHS - Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services, NHS Hospice and Palliative Care. Art & Well-Being groups. Private practice.
Specialist Training: Dynamic-Maturational Model of Attachment & Adaptation: Attachment & Psychopathology; Danger, Trauma & Resilience; Attachment & Psychopathology: serious dysfunction, formulation, treatment planning
Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, London
Mentalisation (AMBIT) The Anna Freud Centre, London
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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Specialism in pre-adoption and Looked After Children
Assessment/session: £60-£70 per 50 minute session.
Day and evening appointments available.
Parking available. Bishop's Stortford train station 15 minute walk.
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