I am a counsellor and arts psychotherapist working in a studio in Chalford, on the London Road between Stroud and Cirencester. I work individually with children, young people and adults, with families and groups using the creative process and different art forms to help explore thoughts and feelings. People have different tastes and preferences so I offer different ways of exploring: sand tray, painting, clay, music, roleplay, writing, as well as talking. Being creative and making things can help to understand feelings and experiences especially when words are hard to find. Sometimes when a difficulty has been drawn or made and is right there in front of us, it is easier to talk about. This is playful work that takes the person and their story seriously.
Anyone can make art that means something and no one has to be 'good' at it!
Arts psychotherapy is for anyone who is curious, who wants to know more about who they are; and for anyone who feels stuck or trapped by their own history and is struggling to understand themselves and how they are in the world.
There is free parking on the A419, or sessions could be taylored to the sporadic bus service! My studio is on the first floor and there is no disability access at the Victoria Works but if you have mobility problems I am happy to do home visits or can arrange alternative ground floor access.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked in the NHS with outpatients in the community, and I currently work for a counselling charity, in primary schools and in private practice. I have worked in the creative and performing arts for many years and have an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. I have experience working in the area of disability issues and continue to work training medical students in consultation skills and psychiatry. Most recently I have completed a PG Certificate in Working with Children, Adolescents and their Families for Mental Wellbeing from the Tavistock.
As well as the exploratory and existential aspects of a person's life experience, the sorts of issues I have experience working with adults include:
- Sexual, emotional and physical abuse
- Complex mental health problems
- Eating disorders
The sorts of issues I have experience working with children and young people include:
- Separation anxiety and attachment
- Developmental trauma
- Dealing with changes in the family
- Issues of adolescence and transition to young adulthood
- Eating disorders
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council; I have full accreditation with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, as well as the UKCP Child and Adolescent Profiency Marker; I am a member of the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education and the British Association of Art Therapists. I abide by these organisations' codes of professional and ethical conduct, am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £45 per 60 minute session. I can work both short term (4-6 sessions) and long term.