About me

I am a qualified art therapist registered with HCPC. I work with adults (18+) I also have extensive experience working with elders (70+).

I offer an approach that is tailored to the individual, giving you time and space to work through what is troubling you. There are times in our lives when we feel stuck, or overwhelmed and anxious. Problems may seem intractable; we don't know where to start.  Art therapy can help us think about the feelings that are too difficult to put into words, so that we can get past those blocks and feel more settled and content.

What happens at the first session?

At the first session we will meet (currently on Zoom) and we will discuss what you want from the therapy, and how we may approach the issues you are experiencing. The session will probably incorporate some image making, and a conversation about what the image means for you.  This initial consultation gives us a chance to see if the experience of this way of working is right for you, and to make a plan for how we might work together.

How often? How long?

Individual sessions last for 50 minutes. Clients usually attend once a week. Art therapy can be beneficial as a short term intervention, or it may be a regular part of a client's life for many months.  We would discuss the possible duration of therapy at the initial meeting and review this regularly.

Do I need to be good at drawing?

Previous art-making experience is not necessary to engage with art therapy; the image is a catalyst to communication. Most clients find the process interesting and enjoyable. If you feel in need of a creative approach to your problems, do get in touch to find out how we may be able to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained an Art Therapy MA (Distinction) from the University of Hertfordshire.  My art therapy training was completed in NHS trusts, working in adult mental health in community clinics and in hospital. I also worked with clients of an NHS learning disability service (group work and individual).  Since qualifying, in addition to my private work, I have provided art therapy for a charity assisting asylum seekers, and another supporting older adults and their carers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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.

BAAT

The British Association of Art Therapists

The British Association of Art Therapists

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£50 per session. 

Availability

Appointments Monday to Friday and  some evenings. PLease contact me for current availability.

Further information

Online working

Currently, due to Covid restrictions all consultations are online.

Groups:

The next Zoom group for people living with dementia and their carers is due to start on Thursday March 18th.

Group for new parents: date tbc.

Please message me for further details.

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Ramp access to ground floor consulting room

Maggie Dilks

Maggie Dilks