I offer one to one and group sessions in private practice.
I have many years of life experience working in the mental health system, schools and hostels.
Sometimes the world can feel a harsh and lonely place, none of us are really alone, although it can feel that way. We might begin to feel depressed, hopeless and anxious. We can not get the lives we want on our own.
You can reach out and get the help you need.
We will work together to develop a therapeutic alliance. A safe enough space for you to feel listened to, and heard.
We will begin where we are. We can explore your feelings and experiences through talking and using art materials. Sometimes just getting the "stuff" from our heads onto paper can be a big relief.
Being with a committed other every week is a rare and precious gift to yourself.
This time will be your time.
I am an Integrative practitioner, which means I bring everything I know, theoretically, intuitively and emotionally.
I work in the moment, going back for the young you when older experiences and memories suggest themselves. Discharge of emotions is very welcome.
I am totally committed to giving you and your experiences a full hearing and therefore change will occur.
I work from a Carl Rogers perspective, I have in mind the Gestalt Cycle and also work with a Cognitive Analytic frame, which includes naming and addressing learned patterns from the past.
I am registered with HCPC
I am a co-counselor of 20 years
I love my work
Training, qualifications & experience
Fine Art BA Hons degree 1st class
MA Fine Art
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
I worked in the mental system as an artist.
I have worked in primary schools as an artist facilitator.
I worked in pupil referral unit, one to one.
I work running therapeutic groups in homeless hostels for 10 years, ongoing.
I am a mother of 30 years.
I have worked in the NHS one to one offering Integrative Art psychotherapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy for 4 years.
I practice 5 rhythms and Contact Improvisation.
I am a Re Evaluation Cocounsellor of 18 years.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a sliding scale