My clients use art making to explore their inner world and navigate any changes they wish to make. Feedback from clients states they enjoy the peacefulness and clarity that comes from the process of non-verbal art making.
I will hold space for you as we co-create your therapy journey. I provide a ‘bottom up’ approach to therapy where we work to achieve emotional regulation through drawing, sculpture, and play, before moving in to relational, and more cognitive approaches where appropriate. I have completed further training in trauma, developmental trauma, childhood abuse, and self-harm. My continuing professional development includes sensorimotor art therapy and bilateral drawing, so this can be included in sessions, plus the option to use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping and mindful movement. Working with a socially conscious, anti-oppressive, and trauma informed ethos is important to me.
My client base consists of adults, children, young people, and families, for either individual or dyadic sessions. During my career, I have worked with children in care, families at the edge of care, or with long-term mental health needs. I have worked within Children’s Services in Liverpool and Cheshire West and Chester to support children, young people, families, parents, and carers through individual, dyadic, and group art therapy. I have also worked at Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service.
Art therapy has been shown to reduce cortisol and other stress hormones and can be useful when working with acute or chronic issues. I have experience using art therapy and EFT to successfully work with people experiencing low mood and burn out; general stress; work related stress; spirituality; learning difficulties; neurodiversity; ASD; attachment needs; developmental trauma; low self-esteem; sexual trauma; sexual abuse; self-injury; domestic abuse; identity; sexuality and gender; anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and panic attacks; depression; mood difficulties; feeling sad; creative blocks; eating distress; insomnia and sleep difficulties.
My continuing professional development is important to my practice, and I have completed further training with the Institute of Sensorimotor Art Therapy, the EFT and Mindfulness Centre and the Embodiment Centre. I'm a Regional Coordinator for The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) where I co-facilitate member meetings and art making. I also have my own art practice which includes drawing, painting, crafting, and music.
During my training, I have experienced my own art psychotherapy. I know how it feels to be on the other side of the therapy table, and what a courageous step it is to begin. If you have any questions about getting started or continuing your therapeutic process, please get in touch to begin our conversation.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters in Art Psychotherapy
- Advanced Studies in Emotional Freedom Technique
My continuing professional development is important to me, and I have further training in:
- Beacon House: Developmental Trauma Training
- Institute of Sensorimotor Art Therapy: Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute: The Wisdom of the Body
- The Embodiment Centre: Self-Care for Professionals; Grounding; Embodiment; Ethical Practice.
- Member of The Radical Therapists Network: working towards intersectional, trauma informed, anti-racist, anti-capitalist and anti-oppressive therapeutic praxis.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Neurodiversity; Developmental Trauma.
£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
- Adults £55 per hour.
- Children and Young People £50 per hour.
- Dyadic £55 per hour.
Art materials included.
Emotional Freedom Technique
- Adults £55 per session (60-90 minutes).
- Children and Young People £50 per session (50-70 minutes).
Tapping scripts/guided meditation recordings included.
I provide therapy and EFT on weekday evenings, all day on Fridays, and on Saturday mornings. Please contact me for your free consultation and to hear more.
- If you would like to hear more, please contact me for a free 20 minute consultation and to discuss which support you would like to access.
- In our initial chat we can discuss any environmental/sensory needs you have.
- I work from a central location in Chester, which is close to public transport links, and the M53.
- We have on site parking available.
- We have a waiting area with complimentary tea/coffee.
- Art materials and secure art work storage is provided for your session.
- I have an Enhanced Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
- I am GDPR secure and registered with ICO.