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About me

As an art psychotherapist I provide a safe and confidential space to explore difficult emotions and feelings. The use of art materials and/or the sand tray offers an alternative or additional way of expressing and sharing these feelings, either in combination with words or not.

Art (psycho) therapy is often the 'natural' choice for therapy with children but it can provide an equally powerful process of change for adults.
Anyone engaging in art therapy does not have to be 'good at art', nor is it an art lesson. The art material/expression provides an extension of the possibilities of communication rather than being an aim in itself.

If you think you (or your child) would like to try art therapy you can contact me for a first (and free of charge) meeting. If after this initial meeting you are happy to proceed we will try and find a fixed day and hour in the week to meet for a 50 minutes session. In some cases an assessment session will be appropriate first. This might take a bit longer than the usual 50 minutes.

There is not a typical session procedure.
Art making is desirable but not necessary, the sessions are client-led. As a therapist I will facilitate a safe environment in which to explore together what the client brings, a co-created space and process.

There is no typical length for art therapy, either. It is either long, mid or short term. During the early stages of art therapy we will decide whether our work together will have a fixed duration or be open ended.

Please visit my website for any further information : www.hvanderdoes-arttherapist.co.uk or call me for any questions you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an Art psychotherapist (MA) at Roehampton University, London
During my training I have had three years of practical training in placements within various sectors of the mental health services and also a community centre for people with learning disabilities.

Since 2013 I have started up my own private practice, working with adults and children of all age groups in my private studio.
I have been employed by Surrey Family & Mediation Services as a self-employed counsellor. Here I worked in group- and 1:1 art therapy settings with children (up to 13 years old) in 2015/2016 while the Children Services of SFMS were still funded.
I have also worked in a school for children with learning disabilities as an independent art therapist working with teenagers for about 2 years.

Art psychotherapists are registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the HCPC and abide by both their codes of ethics.

As part of my career development I engage in further training throughout the year and have enjoyed a short course in sand play. My special interests focus on attachment theory, developmental psychology and neuroscientific developments applied to psychotherapy.
I see humans as 'systems', where body, mind and brain work together and form a whole, where well-being depends on the health of all parts.

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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.

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Additional information

£ 60 for 50 minutes

£ 50 for interim parent sessions

£ 20 - travel time
£ 0.45 per mile

Group work to be discussed


Availability in the day time and early evening on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Further information

I will be moving back to my native Netherlands in August 2021. This means that I will be conducting my practice via Zoom or telephone only after 1 August 2021.

Until that time I am available for consultation and short term work.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Additional languages

Dutch and French

Henriette Van Der Does

Henriette Van Der Does