Jessie Holder, BA (Hons), MMus, MA, HCPC registered Arts Psychotherapist
I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist offering short and long term one to one therapy and creative counselling for adults in Cambridge and online.
In an Arts Pschotherapy session you can use the creative materials I will have on offer to help support you to express difficult emotions and work through problems. Some sessions might be very similar to traditional counselling - the work is led by you, and the space is yours to speak about issues and be heard in a non-judgemental environment. Some sessions, you might paint or draw, share a recording of a favourite song, choose a postcard or image, or work with clay. However you choose to use the time, we will work together to build up a unique, empathic and supportive relationship. Research shows that it is this relationship which is the most important factor in the success of your therapy or counselling.
Arts psychotherapy can help you if:
- You are feeling stuck
- You are feeling overwhelmed by emotions
- You are experiencing anxiety or depression
- You want to unlock your creativity and passion
- You have tried counselling before and are looking for a new approach
- You are someone who gets "stuck in your head" a lot.
Prior to working as a therapist, I was a project worker for an LGBT charity. My therapy is supportive of gender and sexual diversity, including trans people and those who are questioning their gender identity or experiencing gender dysphoria. I also work with those whosethose whose relationship styles might be considered alternative.
I celebrate neurodiversity and am supportive of the experience and challenges faced by people with specific learning difficulties and autism.
You can find out more about arts psychotherapy and my approach by exploring my website, or do feel free to get in touch to ask any questions or explore whether working with me would be a good option for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA in Integretive Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Use of the Arts (IATE)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (IATE)
I have three years of experience in the NHS and the charity sector working with people experiencing a wide variety of mental health concerns.
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
Some low cost availability. Some funding available for sessions for people whose income has been affected by social distancing.
Concessions offered for
Weekdays during working hours and evenings.
I have experiencing running creative therapy groups for adults with dementia - if you or your loved one are experiencing dementia and would be interested in exploring how it might be possible for them to access arts or creative therapy, please do get in touch.