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MA Art Psychotherapy, BAAT, HCPC

About me

Hello and welcome, to my therapy support, I hope you find something of interest in the following information.

May be you have no idea of what your struggle is, or perhaps you are entering therapy because of specific issue? Art psychotherapy can be a truly transformative process offering a safe space for emotional exploration.

I am a registered art psychotherapist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) therapist, and my work brings me into contact with a huge range of abilities,  ages and  issues. Much of my work focuses on what can not be said, and what remains unconscious. I trained in EMDR to work more rapidly to process trauma, especially complex trauma. Sometimes, and where relevant I combine EMDR with art psychotherapy.  

Sometimes people enter therapy with a specific issues to focus on, others may not know why they feel they way they do, but know they need professional support because they can not go on as they are. Finding a safe creative place to be whatever you want to be, free of judgement is at the centre of my therapeutic approach.

Everyone has something to say, and finding a way to say it maybe through conscious or unconscious expression. I enjoy working with both accomplished artists,  those who have little or no creative experience -  it doesn't matter, there is no wrong and no right, and no focus on an end product. Working at the individuals pace supporting them to find whatever they seek to explore, is paramount to me, and I place value on your individuality.  My training is psychodynamic, meaning that I pay attention to your whole story,  past, present and future. 

Together we will support you to find your own  own, inner voice. Some individuals work without words, preferring silence.  Art psychotherapy can help those who find verbal therapy or counselling difficult, or impossible, and it can make the therapy space more tolerable if artworks, of any kind, mess and experimentation is encouraged. This itself is a transformative process.

I see very young children, children, young people and adults of all ages. Art psychotherapy seeks to find what can not be expressed through words alone. Much  of our expression that needs to be let go, is non-verbal.

I have a body of experience working with special educational and physical needs, neurodevelopmental and neurodiverse issues, especially when they occur alongside other conditions (any, but, commonly, OCD, anxiety disorder, intrusive thoughts, or self harm for example),  and I have a specialist interest in autistic spectrum condition (ASC) and ADHC, sexual, incestual, emotional and physical abuse.  At times I offer psycho-educational support as well, which can be very supportive.

My work includes experience within an NHS community adult learning Disabilities team, a children's Hospice, SEN and mainstream schools,  and a variety of issues within private practice, from eating disorders to grief and unprocessed, and untouched trauma.

Finding a safe space to express however you need to, with a trained professional can be an investment for life.

I work from spacious dedicated a Sussex studio, in person, in a central high street location, and I also work online. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Art therapy is a Masters Degree Level Training and is a protected title, regulated by the Health Care Professions Council. Art therapists are registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and follow their Code of Ethics.

  • MA, Art Psychotherapy  (Goldsmiths, University College London)
  • M.Phil, (Manchester University)
  • BA (Hons), (Lancaster University)
  • ​Fully Qualified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) Therapist (UK EMDR Accredited Training)
  • Level 2 Understanding Autism
  • BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) full member No: BAAT reg no: 41344​
  • HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council) HCPC reg no: AS15962, 
  • Fully Insured (Howdens)
  • DBS registered (Enhanced)
  • Koestler Arts Mentor

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

Incestral abuse

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From £55.00 to £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

50 minute art psychotherapy sessions £55

90 minute EMDR sessions £90

Combined art psychotherapy and EMDR sessions £90 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Evening sessions by appointment only.

The Studio, New Olives, High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QE

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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