WHAT CAN PSYCHOTHERAPY/ INTEGRATIVE ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPY/ ECOTHERAPY OFFER?
Emotions and relationships may seem confusing and overwhelming at times. Self confidence and self belief may be affected by the impact of what has happened in the past and it may seem hard to trust in yourself, others, make decisions and find peace and happiness. Psychotherapy may offer a place to explore emotions and experiences, and gain a greater awareness and understanding of oneself and relationships with others.
Psychotherapy may offer a safe place to learn about our experience of ourselves. In our growth towards wholeness we may find meaning and understanding in our existence.
"Knowledge of one's own deep nature is also simultaneously knowledge of human nature in general" Maslow, 1971.
Using the Arts, such as painting, drawing, clay, poetry, puppetry, music, movement and breathing may provide further dimensions to the possibilities of psychotherapy.
Working with nature may offer healing to find a way of living in more harmony and balance with the Earth, and understanding of how our lives are both, part of and affected by, and integrated into the rhythms, seasons, and cycles of the more than human world.
An image may communicate many different meanings, perceptions and feelings at once. Creativity may be a powerful means of understanding, giving meaning to our experience and establishing new perspectives. Thus we may deepen awareness and choice in our lives.
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes" Marcel Proust.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in Private Practice for over 20 years, developed a therapeutic arts programme in Primary Education and provided telephone counselling through an Employment Assistance Program responding to trauma and a diversity of experience. I have also been developing simple ways of providing therapeutic experiences outdoors to people looking for psychological, emotional or spiritual support for over 20 years. These bring together my practice as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, Artist, Movement practitioner and Nature lover. Having a life long artistic practice it was only natural to follow the path of the Masters training in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy in the mid 1990’s, the Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training a the School of Infant Mental Health and further to that in Ecopsychotherapy, over the last 5 years, to expand the therapeutic work into an environmental context. I’ve always kept my passion for dancing in nature alive and found ways of sharing this through movement trainings, particularly Butoh and Amerta Movement, which place movement in an ecological context.
My approach combines the innate healing power of nature with humanistic relational work, embodied presence, movement in landscape, working with the elements, water, personal reflection and creative processes, and is based on many years of research, experience and professional practice.
In my work as a psychotherapist and artist for over 20 years I have continued my professional development working with individuals as well as families, schools and communities, exploring working with nature and the outdoors. I am passionate about supporting ecological consciousness, engaging mind, body and spirit and offering accessible and inclusive opportiunities to a diverse range of people. I offer therapy sessions in a clinical setting (The Wellbeing Clinic), by telephone and webbased systems and also outdoors which may offer a setting that feels more informal, relaxed and engaging for those who are looking for a different set.
I work with individuals in an integrative way, drawing on a range of theories, such as Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Jungian Psychology, Intersubjectivity and Object Relations Theory. I can offer talking therapy and also can work attending to both verbal and non verbal communications through the body and work on the relationship with art image and metaphor.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Available day times and evenings
No prior experience of using the Arts is necessary.
Sessions are usually weekly, sometimes twice weekly.
This approach maybe useful for individuals experiencing addiction problems, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loss, confusion, loss of self confidence and self belief at any stage in life.