I am a qualified, experienced Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (IAP) bringing a wealth of creative work and life experience in and outside the UK to this role. As an IAP, I aim to offer a calm, empathic, non-judgemental space where you are invited to use basic art materials and non-verbal ways of expressing thoughts and feelings as part of an unfolding conversation about your story, including difficulties or dilemmas you wish to explore and change.
‘What can I expect?
It is not necessary to have artistic skill to benefit from this approach. The aim is to tap into and engage your visionary mind and natural creativity to empower more rewarding ways of seeing and responding to difficulties, challenges and stressors.
I will encourage you to use drawing, painting, collage and other creative methods to give form to underlying or emerging thoughts and feelings, which may include those which have not yet found understanding or acceptance in words. It is my belief and personal experience that, as inner feelings, confusions and conflicts are outwardly expressed, they can be seen and understood in a fresh light. These new awarenesses can be transformative and release energy for meaningful and life-enhancing change.
Arts based techniques that I work with include: mind maps, doodling, painting, modelling, dream work, visualisation, creative writing, role play, sensory awareness and more. We will only explore methods that suit you and which we agree would support your aims in seeking therapy.
I am available for short-term, solution-focused therapy (6 to 12 sessions) or open-ended psychotherapy depending on client goals and issues. Therapy can take place face to face or online following an initial assessment.
Issues I work with:
I have a special interest and experience in working with traumatic anxiety, stress, relationship issues, bereavement and loss.
I work in line with UKCP and HCPC professional codes of ethical practice which includes: protecting client confidentiality; actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; and serving the best interests of every client.
Sessions last 50 - 60 minutes and take place weekly or fortnightly at a regular time unless otherwise agreed.
What’s the next step?
Please feel welcome to get in touch by email or text message to request more details and/or to arrange an initial chat.
The next step is to arrange an initial assessment where we can explore the possibility of working together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Postgraduate Diploma & MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education in N1, as well as a first degree in Fine Arts with creative writing. I have a UKCP-recognised Diploma in Creative Supervision methods from the London Centre for Psychodrama.
- UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) - Full accreditation as an integrative arts psychotherapist
- Health Care Professionals Council (State registered art psychotherapist)
- British Association of Art Therapist (BAAT)
- Institute of Art In Therapy and Education (IATE)
I work privately with individual clients in South London and as a sessional/freelance arts psychotherapist in the NHS and third sector mental health & wellbeing settings (Crisis UK, Centre for Better Health etc.) I was an honorary art psychotherapist with the Women's Psychotherapy Service (long term psychodynamic counselling on behalf of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse) from 2014-18.
To ensure a high standard of practice, I attend regular clinical supervision and continuous professional development training activities.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Art therapy and creative wellbeing groups
Clinical supervision with focus on creative methods
Weekdays and evgs
I provide group art therapy and creative wellbeing & empowerment workshops tailored to the needs of different settings and client groups. Please contact me for further information.