Pauline Forde, Art Psychotherapist, EMDR, Relational Couples Counselling.

Pauline Forde,  Art Psychotherapist, EMDR, Relational Couples Counselling.

Powys, Mid Wales

07531 713272

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About me

We all experience difficult challenges at some point in our lives - this is normal.

These experiences often present as feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and harmful behavioural strategies, which are used to manage negative thoughts and feelings.

Psychotherapy can help when managing challenging life events that are happening in the present or have happened in the past.

Psychotherapy can provide structure, support and positive intervention for resuming psychological well-being. I provide a safe and confidential setting in which to explore significant life events such as trauma, loss, bereavement, transition, relationship difficulties. I also offer help for those who have had very difficult early lives

Because we are all different and depending on what problem you are experiencing, I use a variety of psychodynamic therapeutic skills including, Talking therapy, Art therapy, Couple therapy, EMDR therapy, CBT and DDP techniques.

A wide range of people can benefit from these psychological treatments, but no one type of treatment works for everyone. Different kinds of therapy work well for different people.

Psychotherapy can help us understand how we behave, what motivates us, and how past experiences can affect current behaviour. By expressing whatever is uppermost in our mind, our experiences, our memories, dreams, feelings, thoughts, fears, and desires, within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, we can explore the relevance of life's experiences.

Therapy can help us manage and cope with difficult emotions, including anxiety, depression, and stress. Difficult experiences and mental health problems. Individuals who benefit from therapy include those who have felt depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or angry for a long time. Others may be trying to deal with adverse life events such as going through a divorce or feeling overwhelmed by an illness diagnosis that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Some may be grieving a family member's death or a few may have experienced trauma either recently of during their childhood.

The aim of therapy is to enable us to live a more fulfilling life and help us reach our full potential in the face of life's limitations.

The common reason children come to psychotherapy is because their parents, foster parents or teacher have noticed a change in their behaviour, which has become problematic. This behaviour can have many different guises, from the child presenting themselves as withdrawn and shut off to be aggressive towards others or self-harming.

Adults tend to seek therapy when feelings such as depression, anxiety, stress and anger impact on their daily lives, affecting their relationships, their work, and their personal life.

Art psychotherapy/ Art therapy

Art Psychotherapy/therapy combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with psychological, interpersonal and somatic aspects of the creative process and self-expression(Malchiodi, 2016).

The creative process is an amazing way to communicate when words alone are not enough. By using art materials, we can express and release powerful feelings such as anger, frustration, anxiety and depression. These can be contained, transformed, or symbolically disposed of, through the artwork in a safe and non-destructive way. Art therapy usually involves some talking however it also relies on non-verbal communication.

This treatment can be beneficial for clients of all ages from an array of different backgrounds and experiences. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses. Some people feel this form of psychotherapy as less intimidating than Talking Therapy.

Art Therapy for Adults

Art therapy helps adults to get in touch with their feelings about their narative, trauma and loss.

Art therapy for adults is particularly useful for individuals who feel distanced from their emotions and feelings. Some people find it difficult to articulate their painful experiences, without becoming overwhelmed emotionally and would, therefore, find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies. Adults experiencing the following disorders or problems can benefit from treatment: anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship or family problems, learning disabilities, bereavement, eating disorders, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, terminal or chronic diseases, such as cancer and chronic pain alcohol or drug addiction, trauma, including sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.

Art therapy for teenagers, and children

Art Psychotherapy is particularly useful for children and young people, as it works with their natural sense of creativity and playfulness. Art therapy can be used to help children who are struggling to make full use of school life and academic learning. This might be for a wide range of reasons such as a recent bereavement; changes in family circumstances; witnessing difficult things; learning or physical difficulties, or problems with peer relationships.

Art psychotherapy can be beneficial where there are difficulties associated with low mood, depression, anxiety and those struggling to adapt to the impact of life events. The therapy can be used to deal with issues including bullying, parental separation, bereavement, identity issues, low self-esteem, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. These states of mind and experiences can be hard to articulate verbally.

art therapy for children with low self-worth, bullying, parental seperation, exposure to domestic violence, neglect, sexual abuse.

Trauma-Informed Art therapy

Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level. These memories can become trapped and stay stored as sensory memories which are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, and feelings. Art therapy provides sensory experiences which are predominantly activities that are visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory.

As traumatic memories are stored in subconscious parts of our brain they are not easily assessable to our cognitive brain. Individuals who have experiences of trauma are unable to form a coherent memory of the event, their story is either disjointed of snippets. Trauma-informed art therapy takes into consideration how the mind and body respond to traumatic events; recognizes that symptom are adaptive coping strategies rather than pathology; and helps individuals move from being "survivors" to being "thrives" (Malchoidi,2012a)

The process of art making transcends words and triggers different parts of the brain and the subconscious. Which helps reconnect sensory memories to gain a new depth of understanding. The resulting artwork enables the child/adult tell their story.

Trauma-informed art therapy for children who have experienced neglect sexual and physical abuse.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Trauma shatters lives, EMDR with Pauline Forde puts trauma in the past

Trauma Shatters lives if left unresolved

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological therapy which is an extremely effective treatment for adults who have had traumatic experiences.

When we think about traumatic incidents, the obvious ones include life-threatening combat; crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and assault; natural disasters and a cancer diagnosis. The less obvious ones include the innocuous but upsetting experiences that daily life brings us. Examples would be ongoing emotional abuse or neglect, experiences of shame, humiliation, being left out, bullied or ridiculed and feeling not cared for(Shapiro, 1997).

The effects of trauma can be felt physically and/or psychologically. These symptoms include raw and intrusive thoughts, feelings, pictures, sounds, smells, tastes, and body sensations.

Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level and are stored in subconscious parts of our brain. Trapped memories can stay stored as sensory memories, that are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, feelings and body sensations. EMDR therapy stimulates trapped information stored in the brain and starts unconscious information processing. Treatment involves alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, tactile 'tapping' or sounds. Through treatment, traumatic events become less intense, less immediate, and more like ordinary memories. The traumatic memories are integrated and laid to rest with a sense of completion and control.

EMDR has been proven to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can also be successful in treating anxiety or panic attacks, depression, stress, addictions, phobias, sleep problems, complicated grief, and performance anxiety. EMDR can be a brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy program.

For more information about EMDR

Couple therapy

Sustaining a fulfilling and stable relationship is never easy, especially if one member of the couple has experiences of childhood trauma and now, as an adult continues to be affected by their experience.

I provide a form of couple therapy that is particularly effective in helping people address severe trauma within a relatively short period. During therapy, the client's partner supports them through their treatment sessions. This treatment can bring a clearer understanding of the effects of the trauma has on their partner. The couple becomes able to manage the anxiety, and their relationship strengthens, becomes closer, stable and their individual sense of well-being is strengthened.

For further information about my services please visit

Pauline Forde Art Therapy EMDR Forde Associates

Training, qualifications & experience

Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Aberystwyth University.

Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy from Derby University.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Post-Qualifying Advanced Certificate - Relational Couples Counselling.

I have worked in various NHS therapeutic settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Adult Mental Health and a Cancer Support Centre. I started my own private practice in 2015.

In another life, I was a Registered General Nurse.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Areas of counselling I deal with

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        • Therapy room
        • Art Therapy
        • Art for Wellbeing Workshops



        The initial individual consultation is charged at £55.00, which takes 60-90 minutes.

        Individual psychotherapy sessions are charged at £50.00 per 60 minutes session.

        The initial couple consultation is charged at £75.00, which takes 60-90 minutes.

        Couple sessions are charged at £75.00 and usually last 90 minutes per session.

        EMDR psychotherapy sessions are charged at £75.00 per session and usually last 90 minutes.

        Payment should be made by cash or cheque at the end of each session.

        Please note I offer a few concessionary rates, for students or those on a low income.

        Please contact me to discuss further.

        Please note a full 24 hours notice is required for cancelled appointments otherwise, the full fee is payable.

        For specialized work, please get in touch, though please be aware that there may be travel expenses incurred depending upon the venue for treatment.

        Further information

        The Health and Care Professions Council of Great Britain

        All practising Art Psychotherapists/therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC has been set up in the UK to help protect the general public when seeking advice and treatment from a health professional.

        I am Registered with the HCPC, a full member of the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) a member of EMDR Association, UK & Ireland and hold a current DBS certificate.

        I attend regular supervision, peer groups and workshops to keep up to date with current developments in both Art Therapy and EMDR.

        To check therapists' HCPC registration please visit:

        Maps & Directions

        Llanidloes, SY18

        Type of session

        Online counselling: No
        Telephone counselling: No
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Wednesdays 10 am - 8 pm, Thursdays 10 am - 8 pm. Intensive daily therapy is an option. Please contact me for further information.

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults