Rosemary Humberstone: Art & Embodied Relational Psychotherapist

Rosemary Humberstone: Art & Embodied Relational Psychotherapist

Unit 2
Friends School
Low Green
West Yorkshire
LS19 6HB

49 Valley Drive
North Yorkshire

07950 501347

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About me

I am a qualified and professionally registered Art Psychotherapist living in North Yorkshire. I work privately in Harrogate, Rawdon and Hebden Bridge. I also work outside in share spaces. I am also a qualified Embodied Relational Therapist, Embodied Relational Therapy is a type of body psychotherapy.

I can work with or without art materials being involved so see myself more as a creative counsellor so please don't be put off by the word 'art'. I can work purely in an Embodied Relational way or purely in an Art Therapy way. My general style can be seen as bringing together the combination of the two, using images and also focusing on the body. Both are great communicators so it's helpful to remember this and invite them into the session as well as talking together.

My website is or have a look at the information below to get a sense of what I offer and please don't hesitate to email, call or text for any further details.


How it works

Everyone has tools such as symbols and metaphors within them because they have been learned sub consciously unlike the words we use. We are far more intelligent with images than words as they are primitive to how we learn. Since we develop this non verbal part of brain first, image lead learning is dominant, in Art Psychotherapy we can revisit this way of re learning and gain insight into our present behaviours and bring emotion back down to an experiential level, by using images we have a medium or literally a space to ‘sort out’ our feelings. Part of the fear response associated with trauma is to inhibit the speech centres in the left hemisphere meaning the use of image making during Art Psychotherapy becomes a contender to communicate people’s inhibited stories.

The environment to discover your own emerging symbols and metaphors can be supported within Art Psychotherapy and along with the knowledge of the therapist’s subtle techniques in how to explore these, gives a great launch for personal revolutions.

By giving yourself a dedicated, supported time to pause, create and be listened to, you make space to reflect and release suppressed emotions stored up during past moments of stress. Art work made in the therapeutic space creates a bridge between the unconscious and the conscious. Buried feelings, once experienced, can be released and together we can gain a clearer understanding of your emotions.

How I work

My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and person-centred.
You don't have to be good at art but just to have willingness to use the art material provided. Sometimes we can just talk so there is no pressure to use art materials. If you did want to work more creatively then I have a wide range of media including, paint, charcoal, ink, clay and pencils. Just putting some emotion or dream 'outside' yourself onto paper can help take a step back and have a look from a new perspective.

I also have a special interest in the body so work holistically and hope to adapt to really hear your story, from their mind, body and images. Wherever I am working it is always with warmth and empathy, creating, a safe and nurturing environment that offers you the support they need towards meaning, understanding and healing.

I am now working with clients outside. Using nature as a second 'therapist'. I have found being outdoors enlivens the body and emotions can be felt faster. We would firstly discuss over the phone and possibly in an initial indoor session, how to keep ourselves safe and if it's the right option for you. I have had training in this area.

How many sessions will I need?

We can first have a phone call when hopefully, I can answer any questions you have and get a sense of where you are. We can then arrange an initial session at a lower rate, which will helps us decide if we want to work with each other and then an agreement can be drawn up for a specific number of regular sessions.


The work, during Art Therapy sessions, with each client is confidential and this is discussed. The art works made during each session will be stored securely by me in between sessions. You can choose to take their art work when the sessions come to an end. We review your images from time to time, giving a visual record of change and growth.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010 where I completed a training Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy Practice over a 3 year period to become qualified. I gained a BA (hons) in Fine Art beforehand and completed a foundational course in Art Therapy.

My experience started in a Learning Disability Service which was invaluable to gaining an understanding of non-verbal communication which also led me to study Disability and Bereavement further. I have worked at a Rape Crisis Centre and have 4 years experience in this setting. I also practice privately in Rawdon (between Harrogate and Leeds), Harrogate area and Halifax where I can see individuals for one to one sessions. I am now also working outside in share spaces, inviting nature into the therapeutic relationship. I’ve also work for the charity MIND.

I qualified in Embodied Relational Therapy in June 2016 after two years training. I hold an advanced diploma in this field. I am part of the ERT Association.

I am professionally registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HPC) and have professional membership of both British Association Art Therapists (BAAT) and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (MBACP). I have regular supervision with experienced supervisors, to ensure that I am working in a healthy and professional way at all times. I keep a fresh approach to my work by undertaking regular ongoing professional development opportunities (via workshops and training courses etc). I always work within the latest ethical frameworks of both BAAT and BACP.

I also have full professional indemnity insurance and have been checked by the DBS.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership


My current fee is £50 per one hour session (Initial session is £40).

I am happy to discuss a reduced rate for individuals with lower income.

I have lower rates for students and concessions.

I have full professional indemnity insurance and can be contracted for sessional work at certain establishments at a reduced rate.

Further information

I am now a qualified Embodied Relational Therapist, this is a type of body psychotherapy.

This means I have a special interest in the relationship we have with our body-mind and how we can explore body sensations as communication to how we actually feel unconsciously.
Unresolved emotions, especially difficult ones, can be stored within the body-mind and in turn creates a build up or a blockage in area of the body.

I am able to bring threads of this way of working into my practice by paying attention to body sensations or symptoms, and then gently consider the truth behind these barriers to life. (For more information, please see my website Or

Maps & Directions

Leeds, LS19 6HB
Harrogate, HG2 0JH

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have flexible availability through the week and can work weekends and evenings.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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