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When difficult things come up in your life it makes you pause and worry and it feels like a lot to take in and process. This is when therapy can be a wonderful place to deal with those parts of yourself that maybe you haven’t given enough space to, or you have only thought about in one particular way. Working with a therapist offers opportunities to think about your difficulties in a completely new way.
I am a highly experienced art psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. I have been working with individuals and groups since 2000. I offer therapy to adults. I offer clinical supervision in person or online.
I work with:
- Building confidence
- Panic attacks
- Difficulties building relationships
- Birth Traumas
- Relational traumas
- Complicated grief
MA(Art Psychotherapy) *HCPC registered *BAAT accredited * EMDR Association of UK & IRL
Therapy is about you. It gives you the opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings and to focus on issues that concern you. The therapist does not give advice, but helps you understand more clearly what is troubling or confusing you.
Therapy can help you see things differently, to feel more confident and know how you react when something upsetting happens, when something good happens.
Therapy is about making sense of life by understanding what is happening for you; how your moods and the moods of others affect how you see yourself.
The therapist respects your values, choices and lifestyle and will work with you so you can make choices and changes that are right for you.
I look forward to meeting you in an initial session where you can see if therapy is right for you. There is no charge for the initial session and no commitment.
Art psychotherapy can offer you counselling when words alone do not seem to be enough but images and words together may be able to convey what you want to say.
Art psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy and is not an art activity or art lesson. You do not need any previous experience or expertise in art.
In art psychotherapy your images are secure, and are neither assessed nor judged.
You may choose not to use the art materials and your decision would be respected.
I practice from the quiet and welcoming therapy studio at KEYSTONE in Nailsworth, near Stroud, Gloucestershire where a range of art materials are offered.
I offer short and long-term therapy and depending on your needs individual sessions or group sessions.
* British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) accredited
* Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can help with the disturbing responses to a traumatic event and with the difficulty to think or speak about what you have experienced.
EMDR therapy gives you the opportunity to stabilise and then focus on making sense of distressing physical symptoms and emotional distress after a life threatening experience.
EMDR therapy is a psychotherapy that allows you to heal from these distressing symptoms using the natural healing ability of your body. EMDR is proven to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
EMDR therapy can also be successful in treating anxiety or panic attacks, depression, stress, addictions, phobias, sleep problems, complicated grief and performance anxiety.
Attachment-Focused EMDR therapy is a model of EMDR that focuses on developing a sense of safety and building close emotional relationships with others. People often find attachment-focused EMDR therapy helps with birth traumas, medical traumas, early childhood traumas and vicarious traumas.
EMDR therapy involves no medication or talking therapies.
EMDR therapy can be a brief focused treatment (about 8 sessions) or part of a longer psychotherapy treatment.
I offer individual EMDR therapy to adults and parents in my quiet and welcoming therapy room in Nailsworth.
I am registered with the EMDR Association of UK & Ireland
Training, qualifications & experience
After a degree in Fine Arts, I studied Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths, London University, returning later to complete a Masters in Research in Art Psychotherapy in which I evaluated the role of the image in trauma recovery.
I have been in private practice for many years. I have extensive experience working with bi-polar/manic depressive clients and I have discovered that using the creative process in therapy is a valuable and thoughtful way of working with this client base.
I have consistently added training courses to my knowledge base, particularly in attachment theory and in the field of trauma.
During my fourteen years’ experience I have worked with individual clients, groups, and communities. I have worked with trauma, grief and loss, medically-managed psychoses, and personal growth. Over the last three years my work in forensics has followed these same themes.
My trauma-focused work is with clients who have difficulties forming relationships because of early traumatic experiences, or who have experienced war, sexual assault, medical trauma, or community violence. Particularly important to me in this context is working with cultural awareness. My trauma work is supported by my current forensic experience.
I have a particular interest in working with grief and loss, supporting those who have to cope with loss in their daily lives and who want to understand and work with anger and guilt.
Using an attachment model of recovery I also work individually with clients with medically managed psychosis and schizophrenia, and who want continued support during their mental health recovery. My current experience with mental health issues supports this work.
EMDR training: I trained with Alexandra Richman and her training is approved by EMDR International Association and by EMDR Europe Association. I am registered with the EMDR Association UK & Ireland and working towards accreditation.
I am in regular supervision and am committed to my continued professional development.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have a special interest in working with people you need support during transitions in their life. I am especially interested in supporting young people transition from school to university
£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person session
Sessions are usually weekly and last around 60 minutes. You can agree through regular reviews how long you wish to continue. There is no obligation to commit to a fixed number of sessions beforehand.
Session (60 minutes) £50 (face to face & online)
Initial consultation (20 -40 minutes) Free (face to face, or online)
Assessment (90 minutes) £70 (face to face & online)
I offer a sliding scale of fees for some slots (there is a waiting list).
The practice is currently in person and online and payment is made on the day of the session by BACS or cash.
Making an appointment
If you would like to know more about the psychological therapies or EMDR please telephone, email or book an initial consultation. This will give you a chance to find out more information and to know if you would like to continue.
The best way to make an appointment is to call my mobile 07798 816 687. If I am in session please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.
You can also email me at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org
When I work
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
I abide by the BAAT’s and HCPC's code of ethics. This is the foundation of my approach to psychotherapy, which takes a creative, inclusive, and compassionate view of recovery.
My method of practice is either short-term face-to-face, or long-term face-to-face sessions.
My many years’ experience working with early trauma, single event trauma, and complex trauma allows me to offer you the opportunity to heal and understand how the traumatic experiences are held in the body and how this may disrupt your everyday functioning.
I also work with a wide range of everyday issues, including personal self-development, attachment problems, loss and grief.
I have expert experience in working with you if you are going through any form of life transition, or if you have social or relationship issues.
I can also work with you if you suffer from postnatal depression, low moods or sudden mood changes.
My years of experience working with symptoms of psychosis can support you if you are finding your diagnosis and symptoms challenging.
Art Psychotherapy is an excellent approach if you are struggling with Bipolar Disorder/Manic Depression. This psychological support is very rewarding and helpful when trying to manage the symptoms.
Finally I offer support for you if you are anxious, if you are on medication to manage psychosis, schizophrenia or dissociative disorders or if you self-harm.
Other areas of counselling available
- Personal therapy for students studying art psychotherapy
- Individual and group supervision for art psychotherapists, psychotherapists and counsellors