About me

I'm an Art Psychotherapist with over 27 years experience of working with all kinds of people in many different settings.  I can help if you just need someone to talk to and also if you want to use art making to explore what's happened to you.

If you are an individual looking for help at a time of difficulty, or a couple struggling with your relationship, I will try to help you to move towards positive change.

I have a lot of experience working with people with an Autism diagnosis and I welcome enquiries from anyone who is on the spectrum, or thinks they may be, especially women who may have always wondered why they feel different.

Here's how it works.

Send me an email and we will arrange an initial phone call or online session to discuss what you need and see if we're a good match for working together. Then, if we decide to go ahead, we arrange regular sessions at agreed times.

We can work together to help you understand feelings, safely explore past experiences or current issues and think about what you want in the future.

If you are interested in the potential of using art making or working with images then we can work out a way of making this possible. I have restarted face to face work at my outdoor studio, outside if the weather allows or inside with good ventilation. The studio is in a quiet rural setting, where alongside conventional art supplies, natural materials are also available for use. I am offering these sessions alongside the online art therapy work that has been developing since the start of the pandemic. Some ideas emerging so far include: keeping a visual journal, using images that mean something to you from museum art collections that can be found online, turning the webcam so that drawings can be made visible while we talk online, sending photos by email before the session. Over the winter of 2021/22 I will be offering both ways of working.

The art making is usually led by you but I may make suggestions from time to time. However, art therapy is not like an art class. Don't worry - you don't have to be good at art to benefit from art therapy and there is no right or wrong way to use the materials. There is no need for previous experience or any special level of skill; you only need to be willing to give it a go.

For couples, the work may include discussion; questions and exercises to bring fresh insights or to help with changes in communication and behaviour; individual as well as joint sessions and the opportunity to use image making to explore the dynamics of your relationship in a way that words alone may not. It can be an opportunity to literally see things from another person's point of view. However, the use of the materials is optional - if you don't want to use them we can just talk

My approach to therapy is open-minded, enquiring and collaborative. The aim is to empower you to deal with what life brings. There may be challenges along the way but I will be an empathetic witness to the emotions and experiences you bring to therapy. I'm open to enquiries from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, religions or cultural backgrounds.

The next step

Please contact me if you'd like to find out more. We can arrange an introductory session either by phone call or online to discuss the possibility of working together. We would also discuss terms and other practical issues. There is no obligation on either side to go further at this point and any agreement for short or long term work would be reviewed regularly.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as an Art Psychotherapist at the University of Sheffield from 1993-4, gaining a Post-graduate diploma in Art Psychotherapy. Since then I have worked in community settings, in the NHS and in private practice. This has included work in education, learning disabilities services, in a hospice, in hospital and community based mental health services and a wide range of other situations. I've been in private practice for 11 years. In 2018 I completed the Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy, accredited by the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy.

My initial training was based on psychodynamic theory, which means that attention is given to how past relationships with important people such as parents, may be affecting the present. I believe that exploring this can lead to changes in how we are in ourselves, our relationships, families, friendships and work settings. I have also completed training based on humanistic approaches. In recent years a wealth of new information has become available which can be very useful to consider in therapy. For example, thinking about the impact of early attachment, brain development or neurodiversity can shine a light on why a person may be experiencing relationship difficulties. We may look at some of these ideas in therapy and think about how they may apply to your situation.

As well as working as an Art Psychotherapist, I still continue to make my own art taking inspiration from the natural world. I also run a community Taiko drumming group which performs at local festivals and is developing the use of Taiko drumming for health and well-being.


PG Diploma in Art and Psychotherapeutic studies

Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy

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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My usual fees are:

Individuals £55 for 1 hour online or face to face.

£25 for 30 minute phone call

Couples £70 for 80 minutes online or face to face.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

My usual hours are Monday to Wednesday 10am - 6pm. I can sometimes do appointments on other days, please ask about this.

Face to face outside, online or phone. 

Further information

I'm registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

I have been a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) since 1994 and I work within the BAAT code of ethics



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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