Valérie Stevens (MSc, Reg. BAAT, HCPC)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
The fee per session is £50.
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.