HI, I have listened to lots of stories. Together we have through art therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory come to see that the things we have fought against for a long time are really some of our best friends.
Art therapy lets us see these emotions, critics, sudden drowsy moments on paper, they become real. IFS shows us a way to get to know them, appreciate them for the work they are doing and work with us to release and heal the pain.
I have worked with people suffering from 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 mental health wards of a hospital.
The simplicity of art therapy makes it truly useful to everyone. I have worked with a patient with learning diasabilities, mental health issues and terminal cancer until she died. I remember the person with joy, because we laughed and cried, and created a world where she returned to her art and had time off from feeling the pain she was causing her family and the pain she was herself suffering.
I have worked with people and their grief, undergoing bereavement.
When we draw or are curious about our thoughts we become aware of them in a way that gives us a bit of room. In this space which is non-judgemental we get to know ourselves and change.
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 mental health 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