Louise Higgs

Louise Higgs

Louise Higgs
Available Fridays
HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist

I am a state registered Art Psychotherapist, also a qualified Early Years Practitioner (QTS).

I have worked with individuals diagnosed with autism and learning disabilities for over 15 years. I now specialise in offering art therapy to individuals with autism, learning disabilities, and those with complex and enduring mental health conditions. My approach is primarily psychodynamic, informed by object relations theory. I am particularly inspired by the work of Francis Tustin, Donald Meltzer, Esther Bick, Wilfred Bion and Melanie Klein.

Art offers a path for exploration and encourages the non-verbal. It allows for visual expression of an individual’s inner and outer world. The power of art towards healing is invaluable and I believe, life-changing. Using art as a medium has the potential in therapy to address emotional issues. Also, to gain greater insight into unconscious patterns that may be repeating causing you difficulty, and impacting upon your responses to others.

I offer a safe and confidential therapeutic space in which to explore difficult thoughts, feelings, or experiences – enabling a trusted space for these to be shared, discovered and thought about together, toward understanding. I will support you in your journey, at your pace, and with no judgement.

My private practice at the London Art Therapy Centre follows working in the NHS at the National Autism Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, (South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, SLaM). I also offer art therapy to children and adults at Resources for Autism, an NGO in North London since 2014. My passion for filmmaking has led to my working with both disadvantaged and politically active individuals creating documentaries for the BBC including Video Diaries and Video Nation, and have created and exhibited a film short Sarajevo at an Exhibition for Amnesty International.

I have an MA in Art Psychotherapy from Goldsmiths, University of London, a BA (Hons) in Communication and Film, and a Distinction in Fine Art & Design from Central St Martins College of Art & Design, London.

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