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Valérie Stevens (MSc, Reg. BAAT, HCPC)

Glasgow, G3 6EQ
07743473802 07743473802 Registered / Accredited

About me

Hi, my name is Valérie Stevens, and I am a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist based in the West End of Glasgow near Charing Cross. I offer individual sessions and work with children, young people and adults.

My approach

I offer a safe and non-judgemental space that is informed by psychodynamic theory and attachment theory. My sessions are client-led and non-directive. We will work in partnership, and I will support you to express yourself through a combination of talking and art making. You will not be pressured to talk about your difficulties but I will help you explore and reflect on themes or recurring patterns that come up in our sessions. You may wish to focus on present difficulties or work around past experiences and how these impact on you.

What is Art Psychotherapy?

'Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication’ (The British Association of Art Therapists, 2019).

Sometimes it can be overwhelming to put thoughts and feelings into words. The use of art materials can help you communicate difficult feelings around complex issues. It offers an alternative way to express yourself or it might help you verbalise how you feel. The role of art making and the way art materials are used in a session varies from person to person.

You do not have to be good at art making or have had previous experience. The art materials are used in a way that is meaningful to you. Art materials can include pencils, paints, paper, collage and clay.

Training, qualifications & experience

​Qualifications

2019 - MSc Art Psychotherapy (Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh)

2012 - MSc Clinical Psychology (Ghent University, Belgium)

2009 - BSc Clinical Psychology (Ghent University, Belgium)

I studied at Ghent University in Belgium and graduated with an MSc in Clinical Psychology in 2012. My training focussed on work with children with autism. Further, I gained experience working with clients who had acquired brain injuries and multiple disabilities.

After moving to Scotland in 2016, I enrolled in the MSc Art Psychotherapy course at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in July 2019. During my training I did placements in CAMHS and an NHS Specialised Trauma Service, working with clients who experienced moderate to severe mental health difficulties, including autism, attachment difficulties and complex PTSD.

After obtaining my MSc in Art Psychotherapy, I worked for a charity where I provided therapeutic support for children and young people who suffered from trauma and negative life experiences such as sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, bullying, bereavement and loss.

Currently, I work as an Art Psychotherapist in primary and secondary schools, with children and young people with various difficulties.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

HCPC

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

It's always helpful to get in touch with me to explore the difficulties you are experiencing and to decide whether Art Psychotherapy could be a helpful approach.

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy

Fees

The fee per session is £50.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Further information

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 am also a member of the Protecting and Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.

I attend regular clinical supervision for the purposes of ensuring that my practice is safe and effective.

Glasgow
G3 6EQ

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Flemish/ Dutch

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I offer sessions on Monday and Friday.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Valérie Stevens (MSc, Reg. BAAT, HCPC)

Valérie Stevens (MSc, Reg. BAAT, HCPC)