I am a fully qualified and registered art psychotherapist who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults using a psycho-dynamic and/or person-centered approach. I am based and work in North Lanarkshire.
Art Therapy is a form of therapy where feelings and emotions can be explored through using painting, drawing, and any other form of art-making. It offers a safe and quiet space to express yourself freely and can help you explore situations and parts of yourself you might not understand. Art Therapy can help you transform these feelings into more comfortable ones and allows for the creation and sharing of what you want, without criticism.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have considerable experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly the within a care capacity, conducting art workshops, and working on a one to one basis or in groups for art psychotherapy.
Art Therapy has been a way for me to combine my experience and interest in both mental health and art-making, to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages, from any background.
Since graduating I have been working self-employed as an Art Psychotherapist in mainstream schools and SEBN (Social, Emotional, Behavioural Needs) schools (primary and secondary) in North Lanarkshire. Working with children ages 5 - 17 years of age on a one to one basis and in groups. Using an art psychotherapy intervention to work with the child to build on relationships, trust, dealing with loss, anger, or trauma. Working with a client-led approach to the sessions, where the work can be either short or long term depending on the client's needs.
I am also working as a sessional art therapist with Healing for the Heart charity in Glasgow, running a pilot study project on working with groups of children and individuals in a school setting using an Art Psychotherapy Intervention approach to look at resilience and relationships in young children. Also offering a group for their family or carers. Working also with referrals in the organisations base who work mainly with individuals from age 12 upwards who have suffered from loss and/ or trauma.
Training and Qualifications:-
- 2016 - MSc with Merit in Arts Psychotherapy
- 2013 - First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Art
- 2020 - Philosophy Works Foundation course
- 2020 - ACE's (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Online Training Course
- 2020 - Working with the Impact of Severe Trauma by Andy Gray
- 2019 - Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
- 2019 - PTSD and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) course
- 2018 - Introduction to Schema Therapy
- 2018 - Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- 2017 - Foundation course in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- 2017 - Art Therapy and Mentalisation Training
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.
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
Mostly available on Tuesday afternoon and evenings for face to face work. More availability for online or telephone work.