HCPC & BAAT Registered
Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm
I provide a safe and confidential therapeutic space to help clients think about and explore any emotional and psychological issues that they may be experiencing, through the use of art making.
My aim is to support the process of moving towards wellness; by working with clients to help them gain insight and appreciation of their inner and outer worlds, past and present experiences.
I believe art making in a therapeutic context offers a unique and powerful tool for healing as it offers an additional and alternative, more spontaneous means of communication and self-expression. This process is available to all and no previous art experience or skill is necessary.
Art therapy can help to:
- reduce stress & increase self-esteem
- improve interpersonal skills
- develop self-awareness
- understand & manage behaviour
- manage bereavement & loss
- deal with physical, cognitive & emotional challenges
My practice is based on psychodynamic theory, with a person-centred approach. My belief is that the therapeutic relationship is principal to the success of therapeutic work and I strive to work flexibly and sensitively with a non-directive approach, working at the pace of each client.
I have a keen interest in cultural diversity and issues related to notions of identity and belonging. I have lived in and worked in the United States as well as the UK and have also experienced a multi-cultural upbringing, resulting in a personal appreciation of issues related to culture and diversity.
I have 20 years of experience of working professionally with children of all abilities as an art educator and in other supportive settings.
I have a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles, PGCE in Secondary school Art and a PGCE in Issues in Art Education. I qualified as an MA Art Therapist from Goldsmiths, University of London. During my training, I gained clinical experience working with a diverse range of adults and children in varied clinical settings.
Alongside my private practice, I am a counselling tutor in a further education institution and I am the coordinator of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) ‘Art Therapy Race and Culture’ group and continued to develop my own art practice.