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Joanne Lockett-Bryan

MA. HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist (BAAT member)
West Kirby, Wirral, CH48
Registered / Accredited

About me

Art Therapy Provision in Wirral.

What is Art Therapy: Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.

Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients' needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.


Art Therapy sessions: Sessions are confidential and are held in a safe and private space, usually in a local therapy centre, home studio, care home or within the school environment depending on individual needs.

You can choose what to make or do but guidance is provided. Art making offers an active and collaborative opportunity for creative self expression and increased self awareness in addition to verbal communication. Art therapy can increase self esteem and develop personal strengths leading to positive change.

Art work is stored safely in a personal folder until therapy ends when you can decide what to do with it.

Sessions last for an hour at the same time and place each week for as long as necessary. You can choose to use a variety of materials including: paints, felt tip pens, clay, pastels, pencils, collage materials, sand trays with natural and other objects.

Why Use Art: Sometimes it can be difficult to talk about or understand confusing or distressing feelings. Communicating through art is a different approach which may seem easier. Guidance is given to help you understand your art and any upsetting feelings noticed in a safe and private space. Remember you do not need to be 'good at art'.

you may be encouraged to work further on issues in the artwork, or in another way such as talking about the feelings, usually people feel better after this, but it can sometimes take a while to work through.

How to make an appointment: It may seem difficult to take that first step and make an appointment but it is normal to feel this way. You can email or telephone to arrange an art therapy taster session to help you to decide if it feels right for you. You can try out different art materials and ask questions about art therapy.

You can change your mind and end sessions at any time, even if you have started art therapy.


  • Art therapy is an allied health care profession regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC). Full membership with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) is also maintained.
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate and Professional Indemnity Insurance held. Regular supervision attended in accordance with professional membership requirements.
  • Safeguarding Everyone - Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Certificate: Wirral Safeguarding Boards, 2017).
  • ATCAF (Art Therapists working with Children, Adolescents and Families) Clinical Guidelines adhered to.
  • ATOLL (Art Therapy and Outlook on Later Life) Clinical Guidelines adhered to.
  • MBACP Registered, Accredited Integrative Counsellor / Psychotherapist.

Contact details: For further information, taster sessions and appointments contact Jo Lockett-Bryan via email: jolockett@yahoo.co.uk or mobile: 07540 617 868

Further information about art therapy: www.baat.org

Training, qualifications & experience


  • February 2012 - March 2016, University of Chester (P/T): MA Art Therapy.
  • 2010 - BACP Accredited Counsellor / Psychotherapist.
  • 2010 - UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor / Psychotherapist.
  • December 2001 - Life-force Centre, Colchester: Diploma Integrative Counselling.
  • 1993 -1996, Manchester Metropolitan University: BA Hons Applied Social Studies (Psych/Phil). Dissertation: The Psychological Impact of Spinal Cord Injury and Management of Psychological Problems.

1989 - 1992, North Staffordshire College of Nursing & Midwifery (Now known as: Keele University Clinical Education Centre). ENB Certified: Registered General Nurse.

CPD includes:

  • Trauma and Expressive Arts Therapy: going beyond words. (Cathy Malchiodi, Live Video Webinar, PESI. December 2020).
  • Supervision Training for Art Therapists, (Dr Val Huett & Janet de Herger. Online BAAT Training, September 2020).
  • Finding a Safe Space to Meet Outdoors - The Ecology of Attachment: Awakening & embodying our sense of self & interconnection with others when working outdoors with nature (Gary Nash & Vanessa Jones Lecture / BAAT Seminar, 2020).
  • Providing Online Art Therapy: An Introduction for Arts Therapists (Emma Cameron Lecture / BAAT Seminar, 2020).
  • Safeguarding Everyone - Protecting Children, Young People & Adults at Risk Certificate (April 2017, Wirral Safeguarding Boards).
  • Pre & Perinatal Psychology (April 2017, Mersey Counselling & Therapy Centre MCTC).
  • Heartmath Training with Dr Joe Delaney (2016, Wirral Metropolitan College).
  • Suicide Prevention (2 day course, Feb 2017, Mersey Counselling & Therapy Centre).
  • Digital Storytelling Workshop (Oct 2013, University of Chester).
  • Dyadic Art Psychotherapy (2013, University of Chester).
  • Sand Tray Working (2013, University of Chester).
  • Attachment Theory Seminar with Professor Jeremy Holmes (April 2013, Compass, Liverpool).
  • Teaching Clients to use Mindfulness Skills with Dr Fiona Kennedy (Nov 2011, British Psychological Society, London).
  • Working with Small Objects - Dinah Dossor (Nov, 2011).
  • REWIND Training for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr David Muss (2011, BPS, London).
  • The Body in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Dr David Tune (2011, York St. John University).
  • CFS/ME Clinical Masterclass Certificate (2006, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth).
  • Certificate in the Management of Patients with spinal Cord Injuries (1992, National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks).


I have worked as a health care professional in various clinical and non clinical settings. My journey began as a staff nurse. In each setting I was aware of the significance of holistic psychological care. This interest in Psychological therapy developed into an Integrative Counsellor role in 2002 with young people and adults both independently and in a Further Education College (2006 - 2016). Art making (a personal passion) has been integrated into therapeutic practice as appropriate, alongside health promotion and psycho-education. During the art therapy MA course I was able to further develop my identity as an artist and incorporate creativity with psychotherapy. A particularly enjoyable and interesting placement was based at a residential special educational needs school for children aged 8 to 16 years. Psychodynamic/attachment theories married with art making fostered safe creative self expression, understanding and communication which elicited positive emotional changes and enhanced educational experiences.

April 2016 - 2018 I provided an art therapy and counselling service at Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre (MCTC) with groups and individuals. I currently provide an Independent Art Therapy and Counselling / Psychotherapy Service and enjoy working with children, young people and adults with a diverse range of issues.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.


Additional information

Initial Consultation (Assessment): £40

Art Therapy Taster Session: £30

Individual Art Therapy / Psychotherapy Sessions : £60 (inc. 1 hr face to face or remote session + 30 min prep & note writing)

Group Art Therapy Sessions per group of 5: £125

Group Training Session for Therapists wishing to incorporate art into their therapeutic work, per group of 5: £125

Individual Art Therapy / Psychotherapy Sessions may include additional travel, room hire and professional team meeting fees.

Administration (Reports / Letters): £40 per hour.

Payment arrangement: Direct Payments (Bank transfer).


Weekdays and some evenings.

Further information

Please note all sessions during the Covid 19 situation are conducted remotely or outdoors if appropriate.

West Kirby

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Joanne Lockett-Bryan

Joanne Lockett-Bryan