Katie Parker MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
Having someone to listen and accompany you through difficult times in your life can enable change toward a happier life.
As a qualified Integrative Art Psychotherapist registered with HCPC I can help by exploring your thoughts and feelings through talking and/or imagery.
The proportion of talking and use of arts materials are guided by you. You do not need to be artistic or have used any of the materials before.
I provide a safe, contained space where you can explore feelings at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Imagery can appear through words or actions and further exploration of these can elicit more awareness or understanding of how you feel. Simply making marks on paper or using an instrument to produce a sound might spark a memory or feeling which can then be developed.
I have a range of art materials including paint, pens, clay, postcards, sand tray, some instruments and puppets which may be useful in representing what you think or feel. I also consider body processes and by focusing on physical feelings you might be able to access or modify your emotional feelings and begin to understand them.
Dreams and imagination can also be useful sources of imagery.
I can help people with many different issues as the theories that inform me can be applied to any situation. However, I have particular experience with anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship problems, as well as bipolar disorder and personality disorder.
It is suggested that weekly therapy is necessary for continuity and therapeutic benefits. The first session will be an opportunity to see whether we are able to work together and for me to hear about your situation.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Integrative Art Psychotherapy and trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London. I am registered with the HCPC. I have experience of working with those with depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, attachment, addiction, trauma, personal illness, bereavement, stress, low self-esteem.
I have worked with adults with life-limiting illness for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and with those who are bereaved.
I have also worked for a Cyrenian's Homeless Charity and with groups of adults with personality disorder and serious mental illness.
I have a level 6 diploma Working Children in art therapy and I currently work for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Cambridge as well as working privately.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
A Zoom/telephone therapy session costs £50.