Valérie Stevens - Art Psychotherapist
Hi there, my name is Valérie and I am an Art Psychotherapist based in the West End of Glasgow near Charing Cross. I offer individual sessions for children, young people and adults.
- My Approach
- What is Art Psychotherapy?
- How we start
1. My approach
My practice is a safe and non-judgemental space that is informed by psychodynamic theory. I work with respect, integrity and empathy, and I will support you to express yourself through a combination of talking and art making. 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.
2. 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.
3. How we start
I will invite you for a first meeting to develop an understanding of your or your child's reasons for seeking help. It provides an opportunity to discuss expectations about coming to therapy and what I can offer you as an Art Psychotherapist. You will also have the possibility to address any concerns or queries. You'll also be able to see the room and the materials I am working with. It will be a mutual process of deciding whether Art Psychotherapy is appropriate for you or your child.
Our sessions are confidential unless you disclose risk of harm to yourself or someone else. Any artwork you make during sessions will be stored in a lockable cupboard in my practice, which you can take home with you at the end of our work.
For children and young people, it is important to have a ‘healthy degree of privacy’. Whenever possible, I will encourage and support your child to communicate with you but it is still your child’s decision whether he/she wants to share something about our sessions. Children or young people often find it helpful to have a joint meeting where the therapist can support the transfer of communication. During our work, I will invite parents or carers to review the therapeutic work. If there are any concerns for your child’s safety or for the safety of others, I will have to share this information with you and relevant professionals.
Training, qualifications & experience
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 special needs.
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.
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 explore if Art Psychotherapy is the approach you are looking for. You can tell me more about the reason you contacted me and I can tell you more about my practice and the way I work, answering any questions you may have. We can discuss of you are looking for a limited number of sessions or open-ended therapy.
When you decide to continue, the fee per session is £50. Sessions can be cancelled 3 days in advance without charge. Sessions last for 50 minutes and will occur weekly at the same day and time, although both of us may need to alter this from time to time to accommodate other arrangements. I will give you as much notice as possible of any breaks in therapy, e.g. during holidays.
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 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.