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Psychotherapist, Art Psychotherapist BA Hons, PGCE, MA, HCPC

About me

I work with adults, teenagers and children.

I am a fully qualified and experienced Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). 

Often words can fail us when trying to express our feelings. Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy where art-making is used to help communicate and explore our emotions alongside talking. You don't need any artistic skill and there is no pressure to use the art materials in the sessions, you may prefer just talking or to interweave between the two. The art that is made is not used as a diagnostic tool, but as a way to explore emotional issues. Central to my practice is the therapeutic relationship, creating a trusting and a non judgemental environment where you feel able to open up about the difficulties that you may be experiencing. 

My practice:

I have many years experience in a broad range of settings including six years working in palliative and bereavement care working with adults, children, couples and families. I also work in community mental health, my background includes working with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction, eating disorders, neurodiverse needs, sexual abuse, cancer care, end of life, postnatal issues, pregnancy loss, hyperemesis and trauma (including PTSD). I also have ten years of experience working in primary and secondary schools with children and adolescents. 

My practice takes place in my own studio, Therapy Cabin, a quiet and peaceful setting and just 15 minutes walk from Crystal Palace triangle. I offer one-to-one and group therapy. I run specialist Art Psychotherapy groups for women called Women’s Circles. This includes a Pregnancy Loss Group and a Postnatal Mental Health Group. I also offer online therapy via zoom. 

I work with a psychodynamic approach to therapy and my practice is also informed by existential theory and thinking. I understand what a huge step starting therapy can be, it can feel scary entering the unknown and I will support you to navigate through this process. I believe therapy can open channels of blocked communication and self-expression, to bring about a sense of inner peace, harmony and healing. I have in-depth experience of working with people from all walks of life and from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds.

I offer an initial telephone consultation free of charge. For my availability please contact me on 07926646063 or contact me here. 

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons, PGCE, MA

Supervision Training (BAAT)

Experience: 

  • The Cassel Centre - working with community mental health.
  • Six Years working as an Art Psychotherapist in St Christophers Hospice, offering family, individual, couple therapy and working with both adults and children. This includes psycho-education/running conferences. 
  • Setting up a partnership with Ganga Prem Hospice in Northern India, providing therapy to patients, carers and hospice staff.  
  • Ten years experience working in inner London Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • I have a PGCE in Secondary School Education. 
  • Running my own private practice from my therapy studio in Crystal Palace.
  • Co- founder of Women's Circles - offering Psychotherapy for women's issues.

Publication:

(2019) ‘Narratives East West – Art Therapy in a Hospice in Northern India, A Patchwork of Cross-Cultural Encounters’, in The International Handbook of Art Therapy in Palliative and Bereavement Care. New York: Routledge, Chapter 35.

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

Individual session: £60 per session

When I work

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Further information

I offer an initial consultation free of charge and I am available for therapy in person and via Zoom. Please contact me on 07926646063. 

I work Monday – Friday, sessions available from 8am- 9pm. 

Session in person take place at Therapy Cabin, which is a therapeutic space that offers one-to-one and group Psychotherapy in Crystal Palace. It is in a quiet and private location. 

There is good parking and WC facilities.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Online platforms

Zoom
Skype

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I'm an experienced clinical supervisor with in-depth experience working in a range of settings, including six years in palliative and bereavement care

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