Approach to Therapy
I am a qualified and Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC)registered Arts Based Psychotherapist (Dramatherapist) and Clinical Supervisor. I am passionate about the therapeutic relationship. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is of extreme significance when working through difficulties. I am able to use non-verbal, verbal and creative means to explore and express difficulties, which can enable a less threatening approach. Individuals do not need any experience in the arts to engage. Clients are guided towards exploring issues at their own pace. All sessions are tailored to the client.
I have many years of experience working with a variety of difficulties, some of these include eating disorders, body image issues, self harm, anxiety, depression, low self esteem and confidence issues, developing resilience, learning disabilities, attachment issues, neglect, abuse, trauma and social, emotional and behavioural issues. I have some experience with borderline personality disorder and hearing voices. Additionally, I have experience working with trainee therapists through both group and individual therapy sessions.
I have experience working with adults, children and young people. I am able to facilitate both individual and group therapy sessions.
What to Expect in your First Session
Within your first session we would explore a therapeutic contract which not only adheres to all ethical matters but provides you with an opportunity to think about what would make the space feel right for you. We would then begin an assessment, this could be done however you feel you could best engage whether that is verbally or through creative means. The assessment is purely a chance for you to share with me information about yourself and reasons for wanting to engage in therapy. We could then establish goals that you might like to work towards throughout the therapy process. We would also determine whether the work would be short term or long term.
Sessions during Covid 19 crisis
I am currently offering both in person and remote sessions (phone/video call).
As a Clinical Supervisor, I have had experience supervising and mentoring trainee arts therapists and counsellors, qualified arts therapists, well being staff and qualified counsellors within a variety of settings and those working in education such as SENCO, senior leadership, safeguarding leads, etc. I offer a creative; person centred theoretical orientation to supervision. Through this approach I am able to provide supervision sessions that offer verbal, nonverbal and creative methods to explore and express content. A person-centred approach enables me to be non-directive, providing a space that offers the opportunity to be ‘in relationship’ with another. Theory indicates change is brought about by conditions, the three core conditions being empathy, unconditional positive regard and congruency. I aspire to provide these core conditions within the supervisory space. I aim to develop a positive supervisory relationship in which the supervisee can be supported both personally and professionally. However, noting the difference between therapy and supervision.
I apply the use of The Seven Eyed Model, by Hawkins and Shohet, as a useful framework in which to facilitate supervision. The model explains that there are many different levels operating at any time during supervision, these levels can involve the supervisor, supervisee, the client, work context and wider context. Therefore, the focus of supervision sessions can shift accordingly between these seven eyes as a point of reference
Would you like to discuss further?
If you decide you'd like to pursue therapy/supervision with me we would then meet to discuss your needs and goals you might have. I work in a creative, client centred manner, always tailoring sessions accordingly to each client/supervisee. I offer short and long term therapy. If appropriate, I am also able to provide online therapy sessions and supervision sessions.
Im happy to provide a free of charge initial meeting in order for you to determine whether you feel I would be right for you to work with.
Feel free to get in touch even if you just want to ask some more questions before deciding on whether to take that next step.
Training, qualifications & experience
PG Dip Clinical Supervision
BSc Hons Psychology and Counselling Studies
I also undertake regular CPD training to enhance and develop my knowledge and skills further. I engage in regular safeguarding training.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Free initial in-person or telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individual therapy session £50 for 50 minutes (Lower rate for students)
Supervision session £75 for 1 hour 30 mins
I currently have no available appointments.
I hold a current DBS and continue to engage in up to date safeguarding training.