Jo Bissonnet M.A.Dip S.W, B.A.Hons,HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
I am a registered Art Psychotherapist with HCPC and BAAT and have completed CBT and other counselling training from The Anna Freud Centre in London
What is art therapy?
During many years of practice as an Art Psychotherapist I have developed a deeper awareness of the significance, not just of the relationship which develops between client and therapist, but of the importance of the therapeutic space in which we work together.
The Art Therapy room has always had an importance for Art Therapists in offering a safe creative and 'grounded' place, in which to listen attentively to clients. Clients have made it clear to me that they recognise this too. In the space and setting of my studio I hope I can provide somewhere to come, think, reflect and potentially to create and respond to the troubles we encounter in all our lives.
You do not need to be 'good at art' to benefit from Art Therapy, sometimes a quick squiggle can mean more than a finished painting. However through the use of a variety of art materials the Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist offers the client an opportunity to express conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings, which may be too intensive or confusing to put into words.
The Art Therapist or Art Psychotherapist is trained to provide the help and encouragement necessary to facilitate what can be at times a difficult process, thus providing the possibility of release and resolution
Exploring the creativity latent in us all, not only allows for personal insight and discovery of our strengths, but can vastly enrich our lives with new beginnings. Art Therapists work at the clients’ pace, and use their detailed knowledge of art materials to guide the client in exploring and creating an image.
Art Therapists are used to working in partnership with other professionals.
In my practice I offer:
- Individual Art Therapy sessions for adults, children & young people.
- One-off consultations for professionals.
- Group workshops for teams and organisations particularly at times of loss and change such as redundancy or closure.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
- Art therapy groups (these are run with an Art Therapy colleague).
- Clinical Supervision for Arts Therapists, Counsellors and other professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
The M.A/MSc training in Art Psychotherapy is based on psychodynamic and attachment theory.
Whilst Art Psychotherapy M.A/MSc training is structured around psychodynamic and attachment theories, I also use my training in mindfulness cognitive therapy, mentalization and other approaches in my practice when appropriate.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Many people who come to therapy have experienced past traumatic events that continue to intrude on daily life. I have a long experience of working with adults, young people and children in this area. I find that using art as a non verbal and visual route, together with certain learnt techniques can help to diminish the power of these traumatic memories. I have recently completed a Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with The Anna Freud Centre London
Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy
Mindful meditation is a cognitive therapy and Buddhist practice, which is recommended in the NIHCE guidelines for the treatment of anxiety and depression. There is also growing anecdotal evidence that it can help those living with chronic medical conditions.
I have completed several courses with 'Breathworks' A national mindfulness training organisation, and recently completed a Mindfulness Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training with The Anna Freud Centre London
Child Accelerated Trauma Treatment.
A treatment for PTSD adapted for children and young people but also applicable to adults. This can be particularly effective for one off traumatic incidence such as road traffic accidents or past identifiable traumatic events.
Mentalization is described by Dr Peter Fonagy as the ability to make and use internal mental representations of one’s own and other people’s emotional states. Poor and insufficient parenting, can lead to certain 'Attachment' styles, which leave children unable to modulate and interpret their own thoughts and feelings, as well as those of others. A training in Mentalization offers a more cognitively structured way of helping such clients
Lowenfeld Projective Psychotherapy and Sand-tray work.
A method of exploring and expressing unconscious thoughts and feelings through the use of miniature world figures and a sand tray.
Breathworks Mindfulness and meditation 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
Concessions offered for
For example: Individual Art Therapy Session (client funded) including art materials £40. I do have a sliding scale for those who have limited funds
For others services mentioned above please contact me.
I am available for daytime and evening appointments and currently I have some availability during the week. There is no charge for an initial appointment