When I qualified
I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in the mid 1980’s with a prior Gestalt Therapy training background. I worked as an art psychotherapist with groups in the community, with adults with learning impairments and mainstream school settings with young challenged adolescents. I have worked extensively for ten years in an NHS multi-professional Community Mental Health Team for adults and in Higher Education for 20 years. I offered ongoing private practice and supervision work. I worked in a clinic for psychosomatic illness and psychotherapy with adults.
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Art Psychotherapist, the British Association of Art Therapists and the British Association of Counselling &Psychotherapists as an accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist for 20 years.
What is my approach
My approach is essentially psychodynamic psychotherapy with the potential modality of the use of artwork. Explorations may seem relevant or encouraging through artwork, in order to reach the areas to work on. I have worked in different settings and with a great diversity of people which always prompted and inspired me to undertake further learning and courses in other therapeutic approaches. My approach has widened as well as my therapeutic stance and focuses both thoughtfully and emotionally on what may best therapeutically encourage and support each individual's strengths.
Training, qualifications & experience
With 35 years of experience as an art psychotherapist, I offer online work. This is offered in a quiet and uninterrupted space.
For those that wish to work with painting, drawing, clay etc. this can take place online by having some materials to hand or can be done outside of sessions and then be brought to sessions for joint exploration. The practice of this will be the best way to gain an understanding of art psychotherapy. We see dreams and experiences usually in pictures and so it is encouraging to explore what can come to the fore of our minds with art materials. One usually is the subject for this process.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Health and Care Professions Council
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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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
The importance that art psychotherapy can provide, is a non-verbal medium through which to address emotions, that are not yet clear or can not initially be easily or verbally explored.
£60.00 per session
Concessions offered for
The first session is an opportunity to meet and get a sense of each other. It is a time to explore what has led you to seek therapy and to begin to look at events that stand out that may have impacted on you. It is a process that may need to unfold gradually and then can lead to an understanding more fully of how events in your life, family, work, relationships and any significant experiences may have affected you. This includes some questions from me and joint exploration in order to begin to gain some understanding about you and how best to assist you.
Undertaking therapy is a considerable commitment in terms of emotion, energy, time and money. So this first session is an important opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have to get a sense of me and how I work, so that together we can decide if I and my therapeutic approach will be helpful.
Fees for Trainees 40.00 and normally 60.00 Sterling
I offer flexibility where possible
I have worked with a variety of issues ranging from issues with Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Burn- Out, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Life coaching, Loss, Psychosomatic illnesses, Redundancy, Relationships, Self-esteem, Stress including Work related contexts.
Types of therapeutic approaches include:
Creative therapy, Eclectic, Existential, Integrative, Jungian, Psychodynamic, Relational
I work with Adults, Older adults, Trainees
Online Counselling & Psychotherapy, Long-term work, Short-term work
You may find out more about my work:
Franzen, Hampe, Wigger (Hg.) , 2020 Zur Psychodynamik kreativen Gestaltens. Künstlerische Therapien in klinischen und psycho-sozialen Arbeitsfeldern. K Alber Verlag Freiburg/München, Chapter by K Millhagen: Accompanying clients in psychodynamic art psychotherapy through a non-dual stance