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Art Psychotherapist (M.A) (HCPC, BAAT registered)

About me

'The aim of psychotherapy is not to transport to an impossible state of happiness, but to help acquire steadfastness and patience in the face of suffering’ – Carl Jung

We all need some support sometimes. A place to feel safe enough to express, to try make sense of the world a little more, to understand or learn more about ourselves, process experiences, improve our relationship with ourselves and others. Or simply a place to be; to be seen and heard, when words may not be enough. It is not always easy to ask for help, seeking therapy can be a really positive step to finding new and different ways of living and being. I see my work as an opportunity to support, collaborate and sit beside you through this journey of exploration, creativity and growth.

I am a HCPC, BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. I specialise in supporting young people and adults who have experienced attachment difficulties, relational issues, emotional issues, developmental issues and other psychological difficulties. I offer an integrative, relational, person centred and collaborative approach.  In this framework, I work in collaboration with you, to begin to make sense of your inner worlds, exploring what you may bring to the therapeutic relationship and get curious about what is happening in the present moment with the aim of finding new ways of being.

Art psychotherapy is an integrative therapeutic approach to support mental wellbeing that is accessible to individuals and communities through creative processes, art making, other art expressions ( such as music, storytelling, movement, body work, voice work), psychological frameworks and theories and human experiences. All of which are held within a safe, confidential, relationship between client, therapist and artefact. 

As human begins we experience the world through being in our minds and our bodies.  Art psychotherapy offers a person the opportunity to explore both verbal and non verbal channels of communication, all of which can transcend the limitations of words; our internal dialogue, our thoughts, beliefs feelings and how we experience being human in the world with ourselves and with others.  Art Psychotherapy offers the opportunity to connect back to our sensing self. The materials provide a space to explore and share unheard narratives, make sense of feelings, conflicts, concerns, abilities and interests. 

But I am no good at art……

Creativity is a vehicle for expression, release and exploration in art psychotherapy.  Within this context art is not used a diagnostic tool , to view as ‘good’ or bad’ but a medium to address and express emotional issues, which may be too confusing or distressing to put into words.

Training, qualifications & experience

As a state registered Art Psychotherapist (HCPC, BAAT), my training is underpinned by psychodynamic and psychoanalytical theory. Psychodynamic  and psychoanalytical therapy looks at your past and present experiences; with the aim to gently uncover the roots of feelings/thoughts and patterns that may not be conscious, with the hope to support you towards a greater insight.

I have worked therapeutically with people of all ages, abilities, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation in many different settings including public, private and community sectors. and for charitable organisations. I adhere to the ethical frameworks of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

I offer 1:1 and group art psychotherapeutic interventions for young people (14+) and adults, art psychotherapy in school settings and therapeutic art groups in the community. Together we can work to address both difficulties and strengths with the aim of improving emotional and mental wellbeing.I have experience of working with adults, adolescents and children experiencing:

  • Anxiety
  • Low Mood
  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Self harm
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Anger
  • Shame
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Trauma
  • Domestic Violence/Abuse
  • Relational difficulties
  • Developmental difficulties


 

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in supporting people who have experienced attachment difficulties, relational issues, emotional issues, developmental issues and other psychological difficulties.

Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

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Worthing, West Sussex, BN11

Worthing, West Sussex, BN13

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Online platforms

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Holly Austin

Holly Austin