Hannah Thomson M.A.
I am an Art Therapist working with adults, children and young people within a variety of settings.
My work with children and young people has including trauma, domestic violence, disrupted relationships, neglect, looked after children, self-harm, eating disorders and children with a diagnosis of Autism. I also work with bereaved children and their families in hospices and community settings.
My work with adults has involved adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities in community settings. I have also worked with older adults with acute mental health difficulties and complex health conditions.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art to help a person express themselves and communicate how they are feeling. Art making is central to the therapy and this can allow communication of emotions that might be difficult to explain in words.
Art therapy can be helpful for a wide variety of needs: loss and bereavement, a traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, confidence and personality struggles.
You do not need to be a ‘good’ artist or have an interest in art, just a willingness to try. Through art therapy you can experience a new way of expressing your feelings and this can help you to think about things in a new way.
As an art therapist I will support you throughout, encouraging and helping you to make sense of any unwanted feelings and thoughts. Exploring together with care and respect.
Training, qualifications & experience
M.A. in Art Psychotherapy Practice from the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy in Sheffield.
I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists, The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am registered with The Health and Care Professions Council.
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.
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.
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
My fee is £45 per session, I ask that if you need to cancel an appointment that you give at least 24 hours notice whenever possible.
Do get in touch with me via email to have a friendly chat and we can discuss further