Rachel Cradock Art Therapist
Available for work with children, young people and adults.
I am an Art Therapist registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.
Many people have times in their lives when they don’t “feel right”. Emotional distress can effect our work, relationships, decision making and behaviours. It can be challenging not to understand why our emotions make us behave a certain way. The opportunity to be listened to and have time with someone who is trained and experienced can really help. Having a space to go where you feel warmly accepted and supported can make a huge difference. It can be a brave thing to come to therapy, but I try support clients to be the best version of themselves.
Family and friends can provide a lot of love and support in these times, but sometimes it can be helpful to work through our feelings with someone not connected. This can help to reduce confusion and stress. Sometimes talking can be challenging too. Art therapy offers an opportunity to work things through creatively without judgement.
Art Therapy is a creative way of working together to explore difficulties, work through challenges or try and make sense of something that you have experienced. Art therapy is not about being good at art, (although some people may realise there's a talent and enjoyment), it is a form or psychotherapy using art materials as a medium of addressing emotional difficulties. There is no right or wrong. Art materials are here for you to express something/ enjoy doodling/ create something. Your artwork is kept confidential.
I provide a safe, comfortable environment and allow time and space to work through difficult events that may be hindering our current circumstances. I have empathy, insight and understanding of many issues and will get to know you by listening to both the spoken and unspoken.
It is a privilege for me to work alongside people who have personal difficulties. I use a person-centred approach to my practice and combine techniques from a variety of training.
I do what I do because I feel strongly that everyone deserves time and space, being listened to and given the opportunity to feel differently. I aim to provide a good listening ear and a space for the client to work creatively around something that is challenging for them. I hope to support my clients to feel resilient and accompany you on the journey.
People hope to get different things from therapy- whether it’s feeling brave enough to try something you've always feared, feel strong enough to cope with a challenge, or find a sense of direction.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working within schools, Children and Adolescents Mental Health Services, Children’s Services, Family Support Services and third sector organisations.
I am experienced in working with both children and adults who have had a variety of challenges such as loss, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, bereavement, attachment, identity, and trauma.
I am a full Member of the British Association of Art Therapists and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council which ensures high professional standards.
I have Psychology with criminology BSc Hons, Art Psychotherapy MA, and have training in solution focussed therapy, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapies, suicide prevention, hearing voices, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Managing Bereavement, Sexuality and Gender Dysmorphia, Schizophrenia and BiPolar.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
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
If you are interested in some art therapy sessions or would like to know more, please send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Free initial phone consultation.
Individual sessions £45 for 60 minutes.
Reduced rates available for trainees.
I can be available for both long and short term work, always focussing on the client’s best interests. Therapeutic sessions are usually once weekly but there is flexibility in the frequency of the sessions.