The process of making art and reflecting on it with a registered and trained Art Therapist is firstly therapeutic but furthermore an opportunity for working through areas of stuckness, stagnation, dis-ease, anxiety, limited beliefs and as well as different and difficult emotions and experiences. This has an overall benefit on one’s personal wellbeing and effectiveness as an adult, student, parent, professional or therapist. Everyone has a creative brain and in Art Therapy, we support you in tapping into that part of your brain in order to allow for growth and transformation. Art Therapy is also helpful for adults struggling with stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, illness, addiction, trauma.
Offering Trauma informed Integrative Arts Therapeutic Interventions and Preventions.
In an empathetic and confidential environment my clients and I work collaboratively through Psychosymatic pain/tensions trapped in the body causing difficulties physiologically and Psychologically which often prevent oneself from living life to its full.
Experience involves,music,various Art forms and curiosity!
My research and experience indicate that with the correct support,awareness and meaning can be obtained and personal narratives created.
We (the client and myself) use various Art intervention techniques to help highlight emotional themes that have become too painful or traumatic to verbalize.
These techniques allow us to tap into forgotten implicit memories through the use of sensori-motor techniques,creating meaning,understanding and healing.
Art Based E.M.D.R.
Printed textiles and other Art forms are used through a re-wind process allowing Traumatic Images and experiences to be transferred and place in the memory part of the brain,preventing the repetitive nature of Trauma based effects to continue.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Honourary position in N.H.S. Arts in Health.
- 20 day observational placement at forensic/psychiatric secure unit
- Two day training to volunteer at St John’s Hospice
- Tavistock Training .Therapeutic Intervention with Dementia
- Completed 3 day course C.A.T. Training. Working with Trauma, using Art based EMDR approach
- One day course called Understanding and Working with Eating Disorders
- M.A in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (4 years part-time)
- Counselling using the Arts course at IATE
- Higher diploma in Therapy and Education in Art
- One-day human rights training
- Fine Art and Art in the community degree Middlesex University, part time
2018 - Art Therapist for Centre for Better Health in Hackney.
2018 - Funded to deliver Art Therapeutic 1/1 and group sessions for over 50's in
2017-2018 - Honourary position with Arts in Health City and North West London N.H.S.
2004 - present - Founder of Songololo-feet whiich is a Voluntary Arts Organisation with Art Therapeutic principals.
Funded for past four year to deliver Therapeutic Arts Projects in Praxis (Refugee organisation).Prior to this our funding has extended to Over 50’s Projects. Young people affected by gun and knife crimes in housing estates in Hackney and schools.
Annual school Projects for Greenwich Council rolling out awareness and mindfulness practice in relation to bullying and transition period.
2017- Psycho-Education: Art Therapeutic Intervention and Prevention for Greenwich Council Children Services to be delivered to teachers to roll out in schools.
2013- 2016. Masters in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
2012 – Higher Diploma in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
2000 to present –Self-employed producing and selling hand-made printed garments at local markets and full time parent.
2011 – 2015. Core Arts (Mental Health organisation) as a Printed textile tutor.
2000 – 2005. Part-time Fine Art and Art in the community degree.(Set up Voluntary Organisation) www.songololo-feet.org.uk
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently part of a team within City and North Weat London delivering Arts in Heath as a step down approach for people suffering from long term mental health problems or just having a difficult time.
We will be mirroring this approach in the Scouts hall in Stoke Newington,catering for young people in Hackney who have either been excluded from school or been through the mental health system.
We too are in the process of setting up a Trauma informed Art Therapeutic clinic on Church Street offering affordable and accessable service to London Community.
The Clinic will cater for 1/1 Clients,Therapeutic groups and Psycho-Educational Space.
This is functional at present but will be fully launched in September 2018.
Initial introductory session 50mins is free.
£65 per Individual session 50 minute
£45 reduced rate for students,Families on low income
£150 per day per individual :Trauma informed Psycho-education using Art Therapeutic intervention-pevention for organisations and families.
FUNDED COURSES ARE FREE
Monday - Thursday 6pm-9pm Week-ends 10am-6pm
I'm a practising Art Psychotherapist,Facilitator and Artist.
I have an up-to-date DBS and I am insured as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and as a Voluntary Arts organisation.
I have 20 years experience working with vulnerable clients in the Hackney and inner London communities.