I'm an Art Psychotherapist with over 25 years experience of working with all kinds of people in many different settings. At this difficult time there are still lots of possibilities for using images in therapy but I can also help if you just need someone to talk to.
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 agree terms for working together. Then we arrange for regular sessions.
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. Online art therapy is a new and developing method and I'm open to any ideas you may have. 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, sending photos by email before the session. 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 10 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. 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
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Please note: During the current crisis I am offering a "pay what you can" system for those in financial difficulties.
My usual fees are:
Individuals £55 for 1 hour online, £25 for 30 minute phone call
Couples £70 for 80 minutes online.
Concessions offered for
Monday to Friday 10 - 6. Online or phone. Face to face work will resume when Covid 19 rules allow
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