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About me

I specialise in working with complex mental health symptoms through a three-tier treatment model, aiming to shift and relieve these symptoms on a neurobiological level. 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 your past experiences in the nervous system. Leading to fuller integration in your sense of self. With specific interest in ‘IFS for Trauma’, structural disassociation and treating psychosexual complexities. ​

In my practice I work 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. The use of the creative arts is optional.

In sessions I focus on the need to establish safety and stability in a client’s nervous system supported through developing skills in psychoeducation and mindfulness. It is in my best interest to support you to begin envisaging how you would like to use the resources available to you in the therapeutic relationship to begin transforming your life.

I am available to work long term and short term, and additionally have extensive experience in running experiential and psychoeducation groups.

I work with individuals, couples and ages 11+.

Training, qualifications & experience

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

  • Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing; A bilateral approach to sensorimotor body mapping, BAAT, 2021
  • Sex, Desire and Relationship Issues, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2021
  • Breaking the Bonds of Sexual Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020
  • Safeguarding for Adults, Able Training,  2020
  • Sensory Processing and Trauma, Tania Barney, 2020
  • IFS for Trauma, Psychotherapy Excellence, 2020
  • Ligature Awareness and Protocol, Able Training, 2019
  • Sensorimotor Level One, Sensorimotor Institute, 80 hours, 2019
  • Polyvagal Training, Deb Dana,  2019 - present
  • Structural Disassociation, Janina Fisher 2019 - present
  • 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, UKCP, HCPC, MBACP 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 work 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 have worked with complex behavioural needs and disabilities within adolescents and adults. And have extensive experience as a group facilitator in Therapeutic Community settings. 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.

UKCP

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

UK Council for 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)

Group Therapy

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

  • Free initial 20-minute meeting via Zoom
  • £60 per individual 50 minutes session
  • £150 per 1.5hr couple session 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Currently I am working online.

Soon to have spaces opening in September 2021 - Thursday and Friday.

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.

Working with individuals and couples.
Ages 11+

Wantage Counselling Service
Orchard House Portway
Wantage
Oxfordshire
OX12 9BU

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Groups
Organisations

Online platforms

Zoom

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

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