HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist
For over 35 years I have lived and worked in the United Kingdom, South East Asia and the Middle East as a nurse, counsellor and art psychotherapist. My passion for working with people is as strong now as it was when I began working in the voluntary sector in my early teens.
Currently, I work in a variety of settings alongside private practice; including a charity supporting young families and Mobile Art Psychotherapy (MAP). MAP is an initiative I founded in 2016 for an NGO working with street children and marginalized adolescents in Kenya, plus offering training to permanent staff. I also work for the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education where I gained my MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, and continue with my own art practice.
I have extensive experience of working with people from all age groups, cultures and spiritualties, all of whom who have been affected by diverse lifetime experiences and diagnoses. Through my work in the NHS, with NGOs, Charities and in Private Hospitals I have assisted clients suffering from addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders as well as those who are recovering from physical illness, domestic and sexual abuse, and who have faced challenging transitions in their lives.
One of my particular interests is perinatal care, and I work alongside parents throughout pregnancy and beyond, including the challenges that families experience when a baby is born premature, or with sick infants or children. I am passionate about helping people who may be struggling with parenting and perhaps have the feeling that they want to break free from their past to give their child the best start in life
It was in Hong Kong in the 1980’s whilst volunteering with Vietnamese Asylum seekers that I first witnessed the therapeutic power of the arts to initiate change and transformation in others. By using art, women and children were finally able to name and process their traumatic experiences, which inspired me to eventually train as an Art Psychotherapist.
As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist trained in both Talking and Art Therapies, I draw on psychodynamic and humanistic theories alongside neuroscience, attachment, mentalization and mindfulness. This integrative approach enables me to be flexible and tailor the therapy to the individual needs of each client.
You do not need to have experience in the arts to benefit from art psychotherapy, and I will help you to use the arts as a way of exploring your thoughts, feelings and relationships to improve your wellbeing. Often it is hard to find words to express how we are feeling, through art therapy I offer a safe and supportive space for you to explore and to bring deep insight, awareness and understanding to your difficulties. Sometimes, you may feel that you wish to talk in sessions and not use the arts; this is complimentary and is therapeutically equally beneficial.
During an initial assessment consultation we will explore together your current issues, your background history and establish the focus of the therapy identifying your desired aims and goals. This session provides the opportunity for you to decide if my approach works for you. Individual therapy sessions last 50 minutes and are held at a regular time slot each week. Weekly attendance is important for therapy to progress.