Tyna Evans Art Therapist (MA, HCPC Registered Art Therapist, BAAT member)
I provide a private Art Therapy Service for young people and adults in various locations in Bristol. My main location is in Kingswood area of Bristol.
Coronavirus update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation I have temporarily ceased offering face to face sessions and now offer online art therapy sessions. I will resume offering face to face sessions once it feels appropriate to do so.
Art Therapy is a form of creative therapy where art is made in the company of an art therapist as a primary way of communicating thoughts, feelings and experiences. Art therapy differs from other forms of therapy as it is a process between the client, the therapist and the created object.
I am an experienced, thoughtful, reliable, open and approachable Art Therapist based in Bristol. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions council (HCPC), as well as being a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I abide by these organisations' codes of professional and ethical conduct and I am fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate.
As a therapist I offer my clients a non judgemental space that can help to creatively explore and talk about life events past or present. Through building meaningful relationships with my clients I help to facilitate new perspectives that will bring about a sense of acceptance or even re-evaluate situations or feelings.
At the heart of my work I value individuals and I work in a person centered way. This means I will adapt my skills and the way I work to my clients needs and listen to the client to understand what is needed from art therapy sessions.
I am passionate about being individually creative and believe that learning or developing a creative skill or creative identity can improve mental health as well as improving inner well-being.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor I then continued my studies and specialised as an Art Therapist. I qualified as an Art Therapist in 2013. I am HCPC registered and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists.
Training courses & professional development (CPD) courses I have attended:
- Introduction to Gender Identity (Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice)
- Emotional Freedom Technique for Trauma Introduction (Energy Counselling)
- General Data Protection Regulation Briefing (Online course provided by Cylix and University of South Wales)
- Internal Family Systems Introduction (Internal Family Systems UK).
- Supervision Training (British Association of Art Therapists, London).
- Safeguarding Children V4 and Child Sexual Exploitation (Online courses provided by Kwango).
- Child Protection: Advanced (Bristol Safeguarding Children Board).
- Reactions to chance and change (British Association of Art Therapists, Bristol).
- Beginnings and Endings (British Association of Art Therapists, Bristol).
- Inter-generational Trauma (Forgiveness Project, Bristol).
- Child Protection: Level 1 (Bristol Safeguarding Children Board).
- Working with Relational Trauma (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors - PODS)
- Trauma, Somatisation and Dissociation (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors - PODS).
- Attachment and Trauma (Trauma Recovery Centre, Bath).
- Limited Art Therapy and Mentalisation (British Association of Art Therapists, Bristol).
- Working with Suicidal Clients (Off the Record, Bristol).
- Gambling Awareness (Addiction Recovery Agency, Bristol)
- Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence (South Glos Safeguarding, Bristol)
- Mindfullness and Art Therapy (British Association of Art Therapists, Bristol)
- Art Trauma Protocol (British Association of Art Therapists, Bristol)
- MA Degree in Art Therapy (Hertfordshire University, Hatfield) - qualified 2013.
- Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory (Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy, Bristol).
- Depression, Loss and Grief (Severnside Institute of Psychotherapy, Bristol).
- Issues in Complicated Grief (University of Bristol).
- Loss and Bereavement (University of Bristol).
- Emotional Intelligence, Self-Motivation and Fulfilment (University of Bristol).
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (City of Bristol College and Bristol University).
- AQA level 2: Counselling (City of Bristol College, Bristol).
- Mentor Training, School Phobia and Anxiety, Drugs Awareness, Suicide Intervention (Child Line, Exeter).
I have extensive experience working with young people/ adolescents and young adults. I have worked with older adults within in-patient and out-patient NHS settings.
The sorts of issues that I have had experience working with includes:
Sexual, emotional, and physical abuse
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Low self esteem
- Low self confidence
- Bullying (in school, university, or work)
- Loss and bereavement
- Separation anxiety and attachment
- Changes within the family
- Family issues
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)
- Self Harm
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Stress and work related stress
- School phobia
During my professional counselling and art therapy training I worked on counselling helplines and worked in NHS mental health services (in-patient and out-patient).
I have set up successful art therapy practices in a charity as well as a secondary school which benefited young people in Bristol and Gloucester.
I project managed and established a charity based arts project which focused on providing creative based therapy within a studio setting to young people within the local community.
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
Free 20 minute telephone consultation
£25 for an initial "try out" face to face meeting
£35 per 50 minute online session
£40 per 50 minute Art Therapy appointment (Person to Person sessions). These are currently suspended due to COVID 19. I am only offering online sessions at this time.
I offer supervision sessions to Art Therapists at £45 per 50 minute Art Therapy Supervision appointment
I offer day appointment slots as well as evening and after school time slots.
Coronavirus update: Due to the current situation and government guidelines I have ceased offering face to face sessions and now offer online art therapy sessions.
More about Art Therapy:
Art therapy can be helpful with a range of issues like anxiety, stress, panic attacks, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Art Therapy can bring understanding and change towards the feelings or behaviour that occurs when we experience trauma, loss, bereavement, and grief. Working with images often brings clarity to situations (past or present) and can improve our personal relationships, low self worth, and low self esteem as well as improve mental health and wellbeing.
Images are useful when words are hard to find. Talking about feelings or situations can be difficult so creating images or objects through metaphor and symbolism can act as a bridge to communication. Using art as a vehicle for words can be helpful for those who don't find it easy to talk about their feelings or prefer non verbal communication.
Using art materials are used can contain difficult emotions like anger or frustration so they can be explored safely.
You don't have to be artistic or an artist to take part in art therapy sessions. Art therapy considers the process of how the image or object is created and doesn’t focus on the quality or how the final product looks.
The first appointment will be a gentle session where I can get to know you at the pace you find helpful. I will show you around the room and introduce you to the art materials you can use. I will gently explore with you what is needed from our sessions.
- Client J "I would definitely recommend art therapy as it really helped me to get in touch with my creative and artistic side and also my inner child. I was looking for a different type of therapy as I had previous experience with several psychodynamic and person-centred therapists and a gestalt therapist. All of which were very helpful but I have a creative side that struggles at times to find ways of expression in our left-brain obsessed society. I wanted to carry on exploring themes that related to my past trauma and find a new way to express my feelings thus I chose to engage in art therapy. I had art therapy with Tyna for several months and during that time I got a lot out of the therapy and created some very deep, emotional drawings and collages. Overall, I highly recommend art therapy with Tyna as an alternative way of getting in touch with inner feelings and emotions. I have carried on drawing since and find it to be very therapeutic".