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About me

Art psychotherapy may help to help deal with complex and confusing emotional experiences. There may be things felt to be unable to put into words and easier to express through imagery. There are a variety of reasons for this, but art-making can become a powerful mode of communication.

One of the goals of art psychotherapy is to encourage the creative process to help explore self-expression and from this, find new ways to gain personal insight and develop coping skills. No special artistic skill, talent or ability is required, or in fact any previous experience with art. Art psychotherapy can be beneficial for children, adolescents and adults.

I implement effective art psychotherapy methods to enable clients to seek their own self-understanding and encourage clients them to think about experiences of their inner and outer worlds. I provide a compassionate, open and searching space to find meaning. Sessions may involve art making as well as talking.

Call me to set up a free initial phone call to discuss your requirements. 

“One shoe can change your life...” - Brothers Grimm, 'Cinderella'.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at Goldsmiths, University of London where I gained my MA in art psychotherapy. I have since been working as an Art Psychotherapist for 13 years, and have experience working with adults and children in educational, psychiatric and third sector settings.

Art psychotherapy has its roots in a visual arts practice, and so combines this with a primarily psychoanalytic, psychodynamic model. I also have a counselling skills certificate from WPF, London and many years working with people in a helping capacity.

Former clients words:

“This is the first time I’ve experienced art therapy, and I’ve found it relaxing and a welcome break. I leave the sessions feeling more peaceful and in a better frame of mind.”

“At the moment I would say it's been very helpful for stress relief, and also to feel connected during this strange situation, so reducing feelings of loneliness.”

“It was very helpful to have this safe, inviting space to unwind during the week - to go and not be judged, but heard."

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From £70.00 to £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individual art psychotherapy sessions £70-£85 (dependent on income). 

Sessions rates are subject to an initial consultation.

I offer a few low fee spaces - please enquire to see if I have availability.

When I work

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Further information

I am registered with BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) and follow their ethical guidelines. I am registered with HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) who monitor and regulate the caring professions such as art psychotherapy. I am also a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy).

30-32 Worple Road, London, SW19

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

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