As an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I am interested in helping individuals resolve their psychological and emotional problems by tailoring techniques that meet the unique needs of each person. With this in mind I will often use therapeutic procedures that are drawn from different sources. In practice this means that their are four main approaches that inform my work: Art Therapy, Psychodynamic, Person Centered and Cognitive Behavioral approaches.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on client self-awareness and gaining insight into how the past, particularly relationships, negatively influences present behavior. In its brief form, a psychodynamic approach helps the client to explore unresolved conflicts that have evolved from past dysfunctional relationships. These conflicts have resulted in symptoms and behaviors creating problems in living.
Person-Centered Therapy focuses upon a person's own inner healing capacity (self-actualisation), supporting the client's journey towards wholeness and mental health by offering empathy and unconditional positive regard. By non-judgmentally allowing client's to freely express their thoughts and feelings, new insights and self understanding can be gained resulting in clients discovering creative and personalized solutions within themselves.
When using art therapy, an individual will be encouraged to express and explore problems and issues through the medium of art. No previous experience or skill with art is required. As feelings and conflicts are channeled through pictures, sculptures or paintings, they can be expressed and explored in new and novel ways, bringing clarification to problems that previously have not been able to be put into words.
A Cognitive Behavioral intervention will help a person examine how their faulty thought and reasoning can negatively affect their feelings and behaviors. This approach can be very helpful with conditions such as Obsessional Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Anxiety.
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I closely follow the organizations Code of Ethics and Practice making sure that the service I deliver adheres to its principles and guidelines with respect to such issues as client confidentiality, client safety, client autonomy, counsellor competence and record-keeping etc.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy: BAAT - British Association of Art Therapy (1990).
Master of Science in Counselling and Psychotherapy - University of Central England (1999).
(2007) I attended the Florida Jungian Seminar for a year run by FAJA (Florida Association of Jungian Analysts).
My training has included Art Therapy, Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, an introduction to Jungian Analysis, and most recently, Emotional Freedom Training (EFT).
I trained as an art therapist in 1990 at the Hertfordshire College of Art and Design, and have been practicing in this field for the past 23 years. I have used art therapy with a broad client group, including children, adults and the elderly, and with a variety of conditions e.g. schizophrenia, personality disorders, Aspergers and dementia.
In 1995 I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist at the University of Central England, completing a Masters in 1999. Since completion I have gained 13 years of experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist, working with children and adults, in both private practice and the public sector (NHS) - working with a wide variety of issues and conditions, such as anxiety, depression, obsessional compulsive disorders and marital problems.
In 2007 I attended the Florida Jungian Seminar and acquired some basic skills in such areas as Dream Interpretation, Active Imagination and Healing through Creativity. Since then I have been able to incorporate such techniques in my work as an integrative therapist.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Borderline personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Separation anxiety
- Work-related stress
- Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
£45 - £60.00 per session (Individual).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available on Monday to Friday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00, and on Friday afternoons from 2:00 to 6:00.
Types of client