M.A. Art Psych. Dip. B.Ed.
HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
UKCP Clinical Psychotherapist
INTEGRATIVE ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPIST
I am a UKCP accredited Clinical Psychotherapist and HCPC registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist knowledgeable about human development, psychological theories, clinical practice, spiritual, multicultural and artistic traditions, and the healing potential of art and psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy which incorporates the arts can be beneficial in a wide range of cases, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family issues, self esteem, coping with change and loss, mid-life challenges, addiction, trauma, grief, dissatisfaction, panic attacks, eating disorders, or other types of physical, mental or emotional challenges.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND SUPPORT
I offer a confidential, non-judgmental and safe space for you to reflect on your life and support your journey to meaning. Supporting your freedom to change and imagine, I provide you with an opportunity to know and understand yourself better and become who you want to be.
Combining a range of psychotherapeutic theories with empathy and an understanding of the psychological aspects of the creative process, I will listen, accept, explore and work creatively with you, your feelings and thoughts.
Working with words, metaphor, image and symbol, connecting mind and body, the work is moulded to meet the needs of the individual client. There is no compulsion to use the arts if you prefer talking therapy only.
IMPROVED AWARENESS AND CONFIDENCE
Psychotherapy and Art improve wellbeing, awareness, self-confidence and coping skills; it increases cognitive function and can reduce anxiety and depression.
Using the arts activates the imagination; it helps you to access your unconscious mind. The art can show you new possibilities and support your growth and healing, providing you with a chance to make conscious choices in your life. You do not need artistic ability or experience and sometimes entire sessions can use words alone.
When words are not enough, the arts can help express many meanings at once. Art making can be soothing and satisfying, it can help you to get in touch with feelings and memories. From a neurological perspective, working beyond words, with the creative process activates far more of our mental capacity.
Arts media available to use include: Paints, pastels, charcoal, pencils, clay and sculpture, sandtray, collage, postcards, poetry, drama, puppets, working with dreams, bodywork/movement and music.
— Art Psychotherapist is a professional title protected by law to ensure high standards of proficiency. HCPC registration -http://www.hcpcuk.org/assets/documents/100004fbstandards_of_proficiency_arts_therapists.pdf