I use my knowledge of art therapy, child development and Attachment Theory to inform my practice as an art therapist supporting children, young people, parents and educational staff.
Are you overwhelmed and exhausted?
To support you to break the cycle of negative behaviours and responses, together we will identify the triggers and underlying causes and explore ways to make positive changes in the relationship between you and your child/ren.
Does it feel hard to connect with your infant/toddler/under 5 or perhaps don't understand them?
To help with improved understanding we will work on in depth observations, looking at the behaviours unique to your individual child and their communications. Alongside this I encourage connecting through play and shared enjoyment to restore the bond.
Perhaps your child/young person or you are finding it hard to talk about how they/you feel. You want to help/things to change but you don't know how?
I provide a safe and non-judgemental space to create freedom of expression when words can feel too hard to speak. Art therapy provides an alternative and gentle form of communication.
Training and consultation
Do you work in an educational or childcare setting and want your staff to know more about mental health? I can help
I deliver high quality evidence based training on subjects such as: emotional well being, resilience, depression and self harm, mental health, attachment and early years, social learning theory, challenging behaviour working with children/young people in groups, managing anxiety, supporting parents, how to make play settings inclusive. If you are interested in these topics or would like a bespoke programme of training linked to mental health provided please get in touch.
I am a fully qualified and highly experienced art psychotherapist and under-5s specialist.
I provide evidence-based therapeutic services to children, families and adults through art psychotherapy, VIPP-SD (Video feedback Interaction to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline) and the Incredible Years Parenting Programme.
I also offer a consultation service to professionals who are concerned about an individual. I provide CPD/short courses and presentations to settings such as schools and nurseries (INSET), child care settings, health and social care providers and organisations on general mental health for adults, parents and children; managing difficult behaviour; attachment; inclusion, under 5s emotional wellbeing; team building and reflective practice. I can develop bespoke programmes for individual settings based on their need.
I'm interested in therapy as I'm interested in people and how each individual experiences the world around them in their unique way. I want to help people find their strengths and for us to learn from eachother and see that we all hold these varied and fascinating views as individuals can make a diverse and brilliant world.
In this day and age parents are often isolated and under supported rather than being 'bad parents'. I want to be able to provide the support parents need to be the parents they want to be rather than feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
I also aim to skill up educational and childcare settings to enhance the work they do and understanding of what infants, children and young people need to be happy. It is our self esteem and happiness that leads to true success in relationships, learning and well-being.
"Thankyou for all the sessions so far" S, 8 years old
"Thankyou so much for our sessions, I have really enjoyed them. I will miss you" R 11years old
"Josephine, thankyou for supporting my Mum" E, 10 years old
"After your hard work my daughter got better, she has got a very positive self image, self esteem and confidence. You built a good relationship with M and all our family. You respect our culture and family background and we are very grateful to you. You gave M a feeling that she should not be afraid" mother of M. M 10 tears old
"I want to say a big thankyou for supporting O and I. You have been very patient and understanding and braved all weathers! I feel some professionals think I'm too protective of my children but I think you really understood that there is a need for that and really listened to me. For O to build a relationship with you and for him to learn that it's ok to feel however he is feeling is so important. O is a happier child now, his self esteem and confidence is slowly building and you have been a big help in that. Thankyou so much" Mother of O, O 8 years old
"Josephine is a highly experienced and approachable therapist and consultant. I sought her guidance and expertise to help me to support my children. Josephine is an excellent listener and she allowed me to express my own worries without any time pressure and she offered both support and new ideas to help my children. She also provided endorsement of my own approach to help my children which was hugely valuable and comforting. in a situation which was engulfed in guilt that our family situation may have caused anxiety, Josephine reassured me that these things are also common and easily addressable and management in many children. We are making great progress, thank you Josephine!" Mother of 2: 4 years and 6 years old
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years experience working in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service - NHS), healthcare, childcare, charity and educational settings with varied populations such as asylum seekers and refugees, children and adults with disabilities, parents, adult mental health, domestic abuse, and looked after children.
Post Graduate Diploma in CYPIAPT Under 5s from Anna Freud, UCL, KCL
- This traininng included evidence based frameworks: VIPP-SD (Video feedback Interaction to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline) accredited with Leiden University and Incredible Years Parenting Programme
MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths College, UCL
Continuing Profesisonal Development Training:
Safeguarding and clinical risk training, Gloucestershire Healthcare Trust
Solution Based Therapy, Gloucestershire Healthcare Trust
Supervision Training, British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Childhood Accelerated Trauma Treatment, BAAT
Brief approaches to Art Psychotherapy, BAAT
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training), CAMHS Kingston, London
Child Protection, MARAC, Child exploitation through London borough of Richmond
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
under 5s presentation:
- tantrums (emotional dysregulation)
- fussy eating
- sleeping difficulties
- separation anxiety
- behavioural difficulties
VIPP-SD: £1500 for full programme
Supervision: £65 per hour
Parenting: £65 per hour
Art Psychotherapy: £65 per hour
CPD/Training/Presentation: £65 per hour or £350 per day
I have limited spaces on Thursdays and Fridays (day time and evenings - after 8pm). I also have some availability on weekends.
I provide a cheaper rate for those who are unable to pay for full fees. Please contact to discuss further.