Hello and welcome. The work we may do together should be a journey towards openness and engagement. Although this journey can be fraught with anxieties and questions I can provide you with a safe therapeutic space to explore them.
Art looks both outward and inward, forming a tangible link between our everyday and the subconscious world of emotion. It provides a safe and contained way to explore emotions. There is no need for technical expertise or experience and there are some who choose not to make art, they are welcome too. The task is coming to know and accept ourselves and to build our relationships with others.
Training, qualifications & experience
1977-1981 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art
Diploma: Drawing and Painting - Full Time.
2002-2004 Queen Margaret University College
PGDip: Art Therapy - Full Time.
I have worked with children who have had disrupted childhoods and in adults too, I look for that child with their unresolved issues in the present. It is our relationship with our inner child that shapes our experience throughout our lives. This is the principal of psychodynamics underlying my work.
I have practiced art therapy now for 14 years and managed art therapy interventions within Health and social care for 6 years, supervising art therapy students, co-running groups and providing 1:1 sessions. Working in blocs of 5 sessions I have practiced brief interventions and longer term therapy.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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 have worked with client groups: leaning disability, autism, adult mental health, children, stroke rehabilitation and trauma, trauma being the foundation in all areas of counselling/therapy.