01873 812215 / 07580 476040
I'm an Art Psychotherapist with over 20 years experience of working with all kinds of people in many different settings. I'm open to enquiries from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, religions or cultural backgrounds.
If you are an individual looking for help at a time of difficulty, or a couple struggling with your relationship, Art Psychotherapy may be a way of helping you to move towards positive change.
Here's how it works.
We have an initial meeting to discuss what you need and agree terms for working together. Then we arrange for regular sessions. For individuals this is usually for one hour weekly, for couples 80 minute sessions are arranged at agreed intervals. When you come for your session there will be a variety of art materials available for you to use in your own way. Using a combination of image making and talking, we can work together to help you understand feelings, safely explore past experiences or current issues and think about what you want from the future. 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 Psychotherapy, 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, it can be an opportunity to literally see things from another person's point of view. Making your own images, or working together, can help you to understand the dynamics of your relationship in a way that words alone may not. 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 empathic witness to the emotions and experiences you bring to therapy.
The next step
Please contact me if you'd like to find out more. Initially we would meet for an introductory session (50% fee) 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 7 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 our families, friendships and work settings. 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 Psychotherapuetic studies
Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Individuals £50 - £55 depending on venue
Couples £70 (Abergavenny only)
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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It may be possible to find alternative accessible venues. Please enquire
I work in Abergavenny on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Evening sessions up to 7pm may sometimes be available. For individuals an alternative venue may be available on Mondays.
Types of client