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MA Art Psychotherapist HCPC reg

About me

I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist  registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have over 7 years of clinical experience supporting children, young people and adults in NHS settings. My training is underpinned by the principles and practices of psychodynamic psychotherapy practised within the context of mental health care.

I believe that  therapy is a collaborative process, a safe space where you are listened to without judgement and supported through challenging times. Therapy is an opportunity for you to gain self-awareness, give meaning to emotional pain and resolve internal conflicts that may be affecting your sense of self and general well-being. 

Reaching out for help when feeling in distress is never easy, but you do not have to do it all alone. In therapy, we can work together, looking at things from different perspectives and understanding your experience which hopefully will help you to work through your difficulties.  

As an Art Psychotherapist I encourage the use of creative practices to enhance the experience of communication when it may feel like words are not enough.  Art Therapy (also known as Art Psychotherapy) provides an accessible and safe way to engage with difficult emotions and it facilitates the exploration and better understanding of your internal world. I see the process of art making as transformative and empowering. 

Art Therapy is beneficial for people of any age and you do not need to have any experience or special skill in art as the focus is not on aesthetics.  

Training, qualifications & experience

I completed my Art Psychotherapy Masters at Goldsmiths University of London. I have experience supporting people within a wide spectrum of mental health.  I have specialised in offering evidence based practice interventions to people that has had traumatic experiences as well as those experiencing difficulties due to low mood/depression, loss, bereavement, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, self-harming behaviours, gender identity, selective mutism, social communication and Neurodiversity - including Autism. 

Although my training is based in psychoanalytic theories, my approach is inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy, client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies. I offer a tailored approach to suit each client’s needs which is agreed and reviewed throughout the therapeutic process. Moreover, I am a trauma informed practitioner. 

I undertake continuous professional development training courses, ongoing supervision and keep abreast of contemporaneous methods, thinking and research in analytical practice. I also have a special interest in neuroscience as this has now proven the many significant benefits of Art Therapy in mental health.

I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists. I am also able to offer supervision for other therapists and trainees. 

Member organisations

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HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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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.

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Fees

From £65.00 to £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

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I work flexible hours - online and in person. I reply enquiries within 24 hours Monday to Thursday. 

Further information

If you would like to know more about Art therapy, have a look at the British Association of Art Therapists website https://www.baat.org/About-Art-Therapy 

Leigh-on-Sea, SS9

Type of session

In person
Online
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Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Groups
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Key details

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Additional languages

Spanish

Online platforms

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