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About me

I specialise in working with trauma through a three-tier treatment model, aiming to shift and relieve your mental health symptoms on a neurobiological level.

First, we would aim to establish safety and stability in your nervous system supported through developing skills in psychoeducation, mindfulness and increasing your capacity to become more embodied. You will be central to forming the rhythm and pace of your recovery, when ready and with increasing capacity we can begin to focus more on processing the emotional and somatic based remnants of trauma in the nervous system. Leading to fuller integration in your sense of self.

Art Therapies look to stimulate curiosity towards micro and macro choices, to prompt the comprehension of perspective and the possibility of something different. Art Therapy can also aid the ordering and expressing of content that may feel disorganised and without words.

I wish to welcome your questions and curiosity about beginning a therapeutic relationship. I am available to work long term and short term, and additionally have extensive experience in running experiential and psychoeducation groups.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a trauma informed Integrative Art Psychotherapist, specialising in working with trauma through a three-tier treatment model.

Subject/Qualification

  • MA in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, Merit, 2018
  • Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts in Therapy and Education, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, Pass (Pass/Fail) 2015
  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Abingdon College, Abingdon, Distinction 2009

Training

  • Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020
  • Safeguarding for Adults, Able Training, 4 hours, 2020
  • Sensory Processing and Trauma, Tania Barney, 6 hours, 2020
  • IFS for Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 15 hours, 2020
  • Ligature Awareness and Protocol, Able Training, 4 hours, 2019
  • Sensorimotor Level One, Sensorimotor Institute, 80 hours, 2019
  • Polyvagal Training, Deb Dana, 8 hours, 2019
  • Arts based Counselling Skills, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, London, 30 hours, 2016

Experience

I hold an MA as in Integrative Art Psychotherapist. I am registered with, HCPC, BACP and BAAT. I have also completed Sensorimotor training Level One and regularly attend trauma informed conferences throughout the year. With specific interest in ‘IFS for Trauma’, structural disassociation and treating psychosexual complexities. In my practice I works with an integrative theoretical model woven alongside the use of the expressive arts. I facilitate connection with an individual’s visual, bodily, and relational experience, leading to a bespoke understanding of their therapeutic process. This creative therapeutic alliance is achieved using Sandtray, music, movement, sculpture, painting and drawing, poetry, creative writing, drama, and connection with nature.

In the past I has worked with complex behavioural needs and disabilities within adolescents and adults. And as a group facilitator in a Therapeutic Community for EUPD. Also, on secure wards for elderly patients, supporting them to access connection with arts and self-expression. I have worked as a Trauma Therapist at Khiron Clinics since November 2018.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

HCPC

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Ritual abuse, trafficking, grooming and incest.

DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder).

Fees

£70 per 50 minutes session.

Further information

I am currently working online.

Once Covid-19 restrictions lift I will resume practice face to face or online.
Working with the arts in your therapy sessions is optional.

Wantage Counselling Service
Orchard House Portway
Wantage
Oxfordshire
OX12 9BU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Currently I am working online.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

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Grace McIntyre, MA Art Psychotherapist, BAAT, HCPC, MBACP

Grace McIntyre, MA Art Psychotherapist, BAAT, HCPC, MBACP