I am a UKCP accredited Clinical Psychotherapist and HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist working with adults and young people.
During the pandemic, I am offering telephone and zoom sessions and a limited number of outdoor therapy / walking therapy sessions.
People come to Psychotherapy with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship and family issues and just feeling stuck in their lives.
I am a trauma informed therapist knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art and psychotherapy I offer ........
Confidentiality and Support
I offer a confidential, non-judgmental and safe space for you to talk and reflect on your life and support your journey to meaning, supporting the freedom to change and imagine, and an opportunity to become who you want to be.
I will listen, accept, explore and work creatively with you, your feelings and beliefs. Working with words, metaphor, image and symbol, connecting mind and body, the work is molded to meet the needs of each unique individual client.
Improved awareness and confidence
Psychotherapy improves wellbeing, awareness, self-confidence and coping skills; it increases cognitive function and can reduce anxiety and depression.
1% of what we know is conscious! the rest our unconscious mind at work, Using the arts activates the imagination; it helps you to access your unconscious mind. The art shows you new possibilities and supports growth and healing, providing you with a chance to make conscious choices in your life.
Expression and Neuroscience
When words are not enough, the arts can help express many meanings at once. From a neurological perspective, working beyond words, with the creative process activates more of our mental capacity.
Combining a range of psychotherapeutic theories with empathy and an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, Using images and making art can be soothing and satisfying, it can help you to get in touch with feelings and memories.You do not need artistic ability or experience and you might chose to use only words to express yourself.
Using the Arts media is an optional extra to the Psychotherapy, something you may chose to use, materials include: Paints, pastels, charcoal, pencils, clay and sculpture, sandtray, collage, postcards, poetry, drama, puppets, working with dreams, bodywork/movement and music.
- As a qualified psychotherapist, I undertake regular supervision. This is integral to my work and is a place to reflect on what we do and to ensure the relevance, quality and integrity of our work.
- Art Psychotherapist is a professional title protected by law to ensure high standards of proficiency. HCPC registration -http://www.hcpc-uk.org/assets/documents/100004fbstandards_of_proficiency_arts_therapists.pdf
Clients have reported the benefits of Therapy include
improved personal insight and understanding of emotions; improved exploration and expression of feelings and problems; improved confidence; coping strategies/techniques; improved personal relationships; improved wellbeing and day to day functioning; improved control; improved planning and decision making.
Training, qualifications & experience
- M.A. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational application of the Arts: IATE
- Certificate in Counselling Skills : IATE
- Certificate in Couples Counselling
- Certificate in Walking Therapy
- Certificate Essential Supervision Skills
- B.Ed. Secondary Education. University of Greenwich
Continuing Professional Development
Recent Courses are:
Bodydreaming: Integrating body,mind and psyche in the treatment of developmental trauma : Confer, Marian Dunlea and Wendy Bratherton. March 2021
- The Web of Shame in the therapeutic space: Essential Therapy Training, Christiane Sanderson, March 2021
A Matter of Death and Life - Irvin Yalom online events 8th March 2021
How Siblings shape our lives: A group analytic exploration of the sibling matrix: Essential Therapy Training, 15th & 27th Feb 2021
Learning from Life, the aquisition of psychoanalytic wisdom: Patrick Casement, Confer online. February 2021
Post-Slavery Syndrome: exploring the clinical impact of the trans-atlantic slave trade: Confer online. February 2021
- Lifelong Consequences to a Lack of Early Attunement: Relational Spaces,Katrin Stauffer. November 2020
Towards an Ecopsychotherapy: Cambridge Jungian Circle. November 2020
Working Therapeutically with Disordered Eating: Cambridge Forum, Julia Buckroyd. October 2020
Outdoor Art Therapy: BAAT. July 2020
- Walking Therapy : Jonathan Hoban. August 2020
- Polyvagal Theory in Action: Creating Safety & Connection with Trauma Clients: Deb Dana. Pepsi UK. June 2020
- The Inflammatory Response: understanding inflammation and the immune system in states of mind. Confer: February 2020
- On Loneliness: Therapeutic growth and the capacity for solitude. Confer. January 2020
- Self-care in Counselling and Psychotherapy: University of Cambridge; Charlie Blowers; Nov 2019.
- Sleepwalking into the Anthropocene:UKCP Conference 2019
- Couples Counselling Certificate : Paul Hitchings ( April 2019 )
- Working with High Intensity States of Consciousness :Confer ( December 2018 )
- Core Principles of Supervising Art Therapies : ICAPT The International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies training. CNWL NHS Foundation Trust (October 2018)
- Fragile Selves:Working with Narcissistic and Borderline States of Mind. Confer online (2018-2019)
- How Art Heals: Integrating Practice and Research. Professor Shaun McNiff. The London Art Therapy Centre. (September 2018)
- The Secrets of Effective Groupwork: 2 day workshop. WPF therapy. London Bridge. SE1 2EN. (April 2018.)
- Rooting our practice in nature: Powder Mill, Sussex. (April 2018)
- Expert Strategies for working with Anxiety: NICABM. (March 2018)
- The Body in the Mind and the Mind in the Body: Gillie Gilbert:Centre for Biodynamic Psychotherapy. N19. (November 2017)
- Embodied Approaches to Psychotherapy: Confer online (2017-2018)
- Landscapes of Grief: Julia Samuels. Confer. (July 2017)
- Eco-Psychotherapy : London Wetlands Centre. Confer. (March 2017)
- Psychotherapeutic work with Intergenerational trauma : Feb 2017)
- Resolving clinical dilemmas in Therapy: Susie Orbach (January 2017)
- Psychotherapy and the Natural World: Confer. (November 2016)
- When words are not enough: Dance, drama and music in the treatment and transformation of trauma : Confer. (October 2016)
- Jungian Sandtray Training Day: Sue Chapman. (October 2016)
- Mindful Self Compassion: London Mindful Practitioners Group (September 2016)
- Clinical Implications and Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview with Dan Siegel: PESI online training (July 2016)
- Spring Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival 2016: The Freud Museum and The Poetry Society. (March 2016)
- Claire Marie Collins : Life coach (October 2015)
- Painting from the imagination: Emma Cameron (August 2015)
- Lead like a river, make a difference in the world: a mind and body journey in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco using Nature as your teacher. (July 2015)
- The Body keeps the Score. Mind, Brain and Body in the transformation of trauma: Bessel Van der Kolk. CCMH. (May 2015)
- The neuroscience of our emotional lives: Jaak Panksepp. CCMH. (April 2015)
- Trauma and Mindfulness:NICABM (2014)
- Child development conference with Graham Music: Cambridge Forum (2014)
- Attachment and the Arts : BAAT Conference (June 2014)
- Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment. (CAAT) training to level 2. (2013)
Registered / Accredited
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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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £55.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
Sessions are weekly and last for an hour
£65 for a session.
£55 for students
During COVID 19, I am offering online and telephone sessions. I am also offering a limited number of walking therapy sessions .
Sessions are weekly and last for an hour
£65 for a session
£55 student rates