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I offer a confidential, safe and supportive therapeutic space where I encourage freedom of expression to individuals who are experiencing mental, social, and emotional difficulties. The relationship between myself and the client is of central importance, over time I build a trusting therapeutic relationship with my clients, helping to facilitate new perspectives that will bring about a sense of acceptance or re-evaluate situations or feelings. I support people to find their understanding of what is happening to them and find ways to cope through difficult times, often leading to positive changes and finding new qualities and strengths.
I am a fully trained, and experienced Art's Psychotherapist and I am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and Healthcare Professionals Council (HCPC). I work integratively, using the humanistic, Person-Centred values underpinning my therapy practice, placing the person in the centre and making sure I adjust my methods and therapeutic modalities accordingly to the person's needs, beliefs and values.
As a therapist I provide a therapeutic space where the client feels fully accepted, which facilitates finding a space within themselves to hear their voice, leading to personal growth and empowerment. Through the process, the client is on their unique and intimate journey, not only to move on with their lives but also to reconnect with their own values system.
When words are not enough, the arts can help express many meanings at once. From a neurological perspective, working beyond words, with the creative process activates more of our mental capacity. Only 1% of what we know is conscious, the rest our unconscious mind at work. Using the arts activates the imagination; it helps you to access your unconscious mind. Art shows you new possibilities and supports growth and healing, providing you with a chance to make conscious choices in your life.
You don’t need previous experience or to be ‘good’ art, it’s the therapeutic process and the meaning attached that’s important. Often when a difficulty has been explored using the art materials it can be reflected on and experienced objectively or understood differently and often becomes clearer, which can make it easier to talk about. Making art can often communicate at a symbolic level complex and confusing thoughts and feelings, which can be shared and worked with within the therapeutic relationship. The art made can act as a container for difficult content and emotions and as it has a concrete form it can be safely put away, with the option of returning to it for further exploration, to unpick and work through, as part of the healing process.
Using the Arts is an optional extra to the Psychotherapy I offer, something you may, or may not, choose to use.
What Happens Next
I recommend a free initial phone call; this will give any potential new client the chance to ask any questions and share what they are comfortable with about what brings them to therapy. If they choose to, a consultation can be arranged. The purpose of this would be to speak in more depth, discuss more specifically what therapy with myself would look like, as well as manage the expectations and boundaries of therapy. Finally, my usual way of working offers 6 weeks of therapy and then a review at which point the client and I (and or parent) can discuss the progress of the therapy and compile a plan moving forward. This ensures we stay in focus, and you are getting the most out of the Therapy service.
I am currently offering long- and short-term therapy in person, online, and via telephone to suit everyone’s needs and availability. Session cost £45 per session, concessions are available for lower-income families and individuals.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Creative Therapies BA Degree
- Arts Psychotherapy MA Degree
- Safeguarding Diploma
- Psychology PDip
This list is not exclusive, I dedicate myself to regular and ongoing training in a number of areas relevant to my practice and client needs.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
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.