I am a counsellor and creative arts therapist and have a special interest in and experience of working with people living with the impact of trauma. I offer a warm, down to earth, non-judgemental and empathetic approach
In the current CoronaVirus situation I am offering online or phone sessions.
I also offer 3 free sessions for NHS or Social Care staff, and already offer reduced rates for those on low incomes. Please see my website for details.
Whether you are looking for a therapist because of Coronavirus or because you were already facing difficulties, it can really help to have someone outside of your everyday life to talk to who can support you.
And of course everyone's needs are different and unique to them so I work with you to find out what you need, what you want to get from therapy and what approach best suits your needs. My job is to be alongside you, to support and facilitate you, and to work in a way, and at a pace, that is right for you.
Starting therapy can of course bring up difficult feelings when you may already be feeling distressed and perhaps isolated. You may feel anxious about talking about personal issues; or you may feel that you should be able to sort things out on your own but are struggling to do so. If you have experienced trauma in relationships it may be difficult for you to trust another person.
Trust is a vital part of the therapy relationship and something that is built over time, so I believe it’s very important to begin by talking about any concerns you have, and by helping you to feel as safe as possible. We'll talk together about what you need for that to happen, so that we can then focus together on the issues that are troubling you.
With this in mind I offer everyone a free first session no obligation session so that you can see whether you would like to work with me and ask any questions you have. Please email or phone me to arrange an initial session or for further information.
The way I work
I use an integrative approach which means that as well as my core training as a creative arts therapist I draw on Trauma therapy training and other approaches including Compassion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.
As well as us talking together, as a creative arts therapist I can offer a range of creative approaches to help you to explore issues that may be difficult to put into words. An example of this might be using drawing, clay, sand tray work, or movement work, to show how you are feeling about a particular issue, which we can then reflect on together.
Even when sessions are by phone or online using creative methods to express feelings and explore issues may be possible.
If it feels appropriate I will offer you the opportunity to work creatively if you want to, but how much you choose to is up to you.
For more information about my approach and creative arts and trauma therapy please visit my website:
I also believe that giving information can be an important part of empowering you, so if you feel this is helpful, our work can include exploring psychological information and skills that can resource and support you in daily life. This might include, for example, skills in managing emotions, dealing with conflict in relationships, or trauma symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, dissociation.
Areas of work
- PTSD, Trauma and Abuse, including sexual abuse
- Depression, and Anxiety
- Managing Emotions
- Relationship Issues
- Physical and Mental health issues
- Being a carer
- Life transitions such as parenthood/menopause/ageing/moving/divorce/separation
- Addiction/Eating disorders/Self Harm
- Work-related stress/Redundancy/Retirement
- Finding a new direction for their lives
Training, qualifications & experience
I worked for many years with people in many different communities throughout the UK in social care with children and adults and began therapeutic work after completing a Counselling training 35 years ago.
I have been working as a Creative Arts Therapist, in Exeter for eleven years and developed my Creative Arts therapy practice after completing my training as a Dramatherapist in 2008. Over the last five years I have developed a special interest in and been working with people living with the impact of trauma.
Since 2008 I have worked in a variety of settings which includes working with individual adults within private practice, with children in school settings and within the NHS running therapeutic groups for adults with Mental Health difficulties many of whom have experienced trauma.
I currently in private practice and part-time in the NHS where I co-facilitate a specialist programme for women who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood and provide individual support to men attending a similar programme.
Qualifications and Relevant Training
- M.A in Creative Arts Therapy (Dramatherapy)
- Certificate in Counselling and Psychodynamic Therapeutic Skills.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work
- RSA certificate in teaching adults
- Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre
- Living and working with Psychosis - Devon Partnership Trust Autumn 2014
- Compassion Focused Therapy - Compassionate Mind Foundation Nov 2014
- Working with Relational Trauma - PODS July 2015
- Trauma Dissociation and Recovery - PODS November 2015
- Healing Childhood Trauma through the therapeutic relationship - 'Survivors to Thrivers Training' March 2016
- Asist Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training - Living Works Nov 2017
- Managing Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when working with Survivors of Abuse - Christiane Sandersen Sept 2018
- Psychophysiology of PTSD and Trauma- how we can make Trauma Therapy safer Babette Rothschild Nov 2018
- Introduction to Somatic Experiencing - SOS Internationale March 2019
- Internal Family Systems Introductory Workshop – Internal Family Systems UK July 2019
- Embodied Approaches to Eating Disorders’ Laura Wood Dramatherapist and IFS trainer August 2019
- Attachment and Co-regulation in Therapy - Arielle Schwarz NScience Nov 2019
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
I offer a free first session of 55 minutes for us to explore what you are looking for from therapy and whether what I offer is right for you. There is no obligation to continue working with me.
For NHS and people working in social care settings I currently offer 3 free sessions.
For follow on sessions I offer a sliding scale of fees.
Please visit my website. Information on Fees is available at the bottom of About Therapy and the Therapeutic Journey page.
Please email or ring me for more information.