My aim is to set you free from therapy. Of course because life changes there are always new things to learn but art therapy helps us expose the feelings that support the way we are, by putting them out of our head into our body and onto the page, floor, laptop so that we can see them. In glorious paint, fine pencil lines, shapes we have never drawn before. I often ask people to draw with the hand they don't usually use, because it tends to be honest and not just polite.
Internal Family systems, looks at our mind and body as if it is a family. There are loads of us inside. Some parts of us that have taken on jobs to keep us safe, and others to get us back into balance when our distressed and usually locked down emotions have exploded. The aim of both therapies is to recognise and see that we have these sensations, emotional and physical and to get to know them. We approach them with an attitude of gratitude and respect, they have been doing their best, often for a long time.
that are lurking underneath the way If you're not really sure why you feel sad, stuck, anxious or hurt, art therapy is a really easy way to see what's distressing you or keeping you stuck.
We can't always put into words how we feel, or what we're struggling with, but by letting our hands simply draw or paint whatever they want, we can begin to see what's going on.
By talking about what we can see on the paper, we begin to understand all the things that are playing a part in your pain or confusion. And then it becomes possible to find a new and different way to move forward.
I have enjoyed working with people suffering from chronic disease and conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, strokes and dementia. I have extensive experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems, and have worked within the acute and intensive psychiatric wards of a hospital. The simplicity of art therapy makes it truly useful to everyone.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Art Psychotherapy Practice,
Internal Family Systems, September 2018 Level 1 and November 2019 Level 2
Maastricht Interview for Hearing Voices, March 2018 and July 2019 (National Paranoia Network)
Awareness in Bereavement Care, A foundation Course, February 2015, Cruse Bereavement Care
Cruse bereavement counsellor, adults with learning disabilities with mental health, secure psychiatric wards and the terminally ill.
Parkinson's and stroke sufferers, the homeless, a local wellness group, dementia.
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Usually £45 but with concessions available for students, elderly and those in financial difficulties