Frances King, HCPC Art Psychotherapist

Frances King, HCPC Art Psychotherapist

BRISTOL
BS5

07949 903602

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BRISTOL
BS5

07949 903602

About me

I am an art psychotherapist who works with children, young people, and their families, and with adults, to support them to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences using creative media. I provide a warm, empathic approach, where we can think together about how best to support you.

About art therapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the creative process to explore thoughts and feelings that may be difficult to put into words. It offers a safe and facilitating environment to make change on a personal level, where art materials are available to support self-expression and communication. You don’t need to be ‘good’ at art or have previous experience of working creatively to benefit. Anyone can make something that is meaningful and which enables you to reflect on your experience with the therapist.

The art therapist doesn’t make an aesthetic or diagnostic assessment of the art work. Art making, whether drawing, painting, or working with modelling materials, supports the communication process between the client and therapist and can enable a different perspective to emerge. Art therapy can help to relieve stress, improve mental well-being and develop self-awareness. If you are interested in exploring ways of expressing yourself beyond words, art therapy is for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have an MA in Art Psychotherapy and am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council; I am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists and an individual member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), and abide by these organisations’ codes of conduct, clinical supervision and continual professional development policies. I am fully insured and hold a DBS certificate.

I have provided therapy for children and families for counselling services and charities including Monmouthshire County Council Face2Face Counselling; South Gloucestershire Council: Integra Schools; Place2Be and the Bridge Foundation. I also work in schools and in private practice. I have worked in the creative and performing arts and continue to run creative workshops enabling adults to connect with their creativity.

As a trainee art psychotherapist I worked for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in adult community mental health and psychiatric intensive care with adults with a range of mental health difficulties. I also worked for Somerset Partnership NHS Trust with young people in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

My experience of work with children and young people includes working with issues of:

  • Trauma and loss
  • Attachment
  • Family separation
  • Life limiting illness
  • Anxiety
  • Anger and aggression
  • Self harm
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self esteem
  • Low confidence.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

HCPC
BAAT

Fees

Sessions are weekly at the same time each week.

Fees
I charge £60 for a 50 minute therapy session. Initial meetings for child/family work are £70 (1 hour).

I offer a free initial telephone consultation for up to 30 minutes. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions about art therapy and whether this approach would be a helpful for you at this time.  I would ask you what has brought you to therapy and what you would like to get from working together.

Maps & Directions

BRISTOL, BS5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday daytime.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
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