Valérie Stevens, MSc Clinical Psychology & MSc Art Psychotherapy
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I'm a registered Art Psychotherapist with a background in Clinical Psychology. I am based in Glasgow but I also offer online and telephone sessions. I have experience working with children and adults with various difficulties, including autism, special needs, trauma, anxiety, low mood and bereavement. You can get in touch to arrange an initial meeting free of charge.
Therapy offers a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where your story can unfold. It’s possible to explore recurring themes, patterns and increase self-awareness to help you navigate your way in life. It offers a healing and reparative process. Engaging in consistent and regular meetings creates the possibility for personal change and development. It can increase resilience and improve mental well-being, family, social and work relationships.
Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that includes art making and images in the therapeutic process. It can offer you a different approach to communicate thoughts and feelings and it can be a complementary tool in talking therapy to help put things into words. This doesn’t mean you have to make art each session; it’s perfectly okay to alternate between talking and art making.
The use of imagery is not uncommon in our daily lives. Just think of metaphors, dreams, stories, myths and movies. Images can elicit memories and vice versa. They can be a powerful means to communicate something. In therapy, these meaningful visuals become externalised. This creates distance and can help you see things more clearly. Additionally, there is also a sensory experience with the smell, touch and sound of materials which include pens, paper, collage, charcoal, pastels, paint and clay. It can have a relaxing and calming effect.
Training, qualifications & experience
Initially, I trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Belgium. It was during my placement working with children with autism that I discovered the potential of art to build relationships, enhance communication and expression. Further, I worked with adults with brain injuries and special needs.
After moving to Scotland in 2016, I pursued an MSc in Art Psychotherapy. During my training I worked with children and adults with various mental health issues including attachment difficulties and complex trauma. Currently, I work part-time as a school-based Art Psychotherapist and combine this with my private practice. Further work experience includes anxiety, low mood and bereavement.
2019 - Master of Science in Art Psychotherapy (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh)
2012 - Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (Ghent University, Belgium)
2009 - Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology (Ghent University, Belgium)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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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 initial session to help you decide if my approach is what you are looking for.
The fee per session is £50 but concessions are offered for low income. Sessions last for 50 minutes and occur weekly. Fortnightly appointments or twice weekly sessions can be discussed.
Concessions offered for
I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I adhere to the HCPC and BAAT guidance of conduct and code of ethics.
I attend regular clinical supervision for the purposes of ensuring that my practice is safe and effective.