About me

I am a registered Art Therapist with over 20 years' experience, offering Art Therapy from a studio in Hackney and online. I also provide Art Therapy supervision for practitioners.

We all find life difficult at times, and a safe place to work things through can make a real difference. It's not always easy to translate our felt experience into words though. Art Therapy uses images and the process of making images as an alternative way of exploring and addressing emotional and psychological issues. It is a form of psychotherapy that is accessible for anyone. No experience or expertise in art is needed to benefit.

It is important to find a therapist you feel is right for you, someone with whom you feel secure enough to share your concerns. It is also important to find a way of working that fits. I've learned with experience to be open in my approach, and to be guided by the needs of my clients. Most people will combine art making and talking within a session, some more of one than another. It's a process of working out between us what is right for you; there are many ways to be creative! 

I continue to be amazed by the way in which making images in the presence of another can help to make sense of experience, to build self-esteem and resilience and to find creative ways forward. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist from the University of Hertfordshire in 2001 and have been working as a registered practitioner since then. 

I am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). As an Arts Therapist I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Although my original training was predominantly psychodynamic, systemic ideas and attachment theory also inform my practice. I also hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice from the Institute of Family Therapy.

I am also an experienced supervisor and have been providing supervision for trainees and qualified therapists since 2014. My diploma in Integrative supervision was completed at the Psychosynthesis Trust, for which I was awarded a distinction.

Alongside my private practice I am employed in palliative care, and have a special interest in working with chronic illness and issues around death, dying and loss.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

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.

Fees

Additional information

Individual Art Therapy sessions are charged at £35 for an initial 50 minute consultation. Ongoing sessions £55 for 50 minute session.

Supervision is £50 per hour.

Hackney
London
E8

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am also an experienced Art Therapist and have been providing supervision for trainees and qualified therapists since 2014.

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Jody Spargo

Jody Spargo