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Miriam Kilpatrick

HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
BAAT registered

After completing a degree in Fine Art, I gained experience working in adult mental health, specifically in drug addiction services, which inspired me to train as an Art Psychotherapist. I trained at Goldsmiths University of London and am HCPC and BAAT registered. In my work as both an Artist and Art Psychotherapist, I have found that creativity allows space for us to express ourselves within a process where the outcome may not always be certain.

As an Art Psychotherapist using a client-centred approach, I offer a contained and safe space to explore thoughts and feelings through art-making or talking. Art-making provides another way to explore feelings that a person may not understand or have the words to express verbally. Exploring the internal world can offer space to think about how behaviours communicate unprocessed feelings. Art Therapy can allow this self-expression to be heard and understood by the therapist and client alike. As a therapist, I aim to work to an individual’s needs, whilst respecting individuality and my clients’ cultural backgrounds.

I am trained psychodynamically and so offer a non-directive therapeutic space. You do not need any background in the arts to engage with this form of therapy and it is appropriate for all ages and backgrounds. I have experience working with adolescents and adults, across the NHS, in schools and community organisations. I am experienced in working with bereavement/loss, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, personality disorders and other mental health problems; ADHD, autism and learning difficulties. I have worked with individuals who have experienced and/or witnessed domestic violence and abuse. I have also worked with refugees and those whose families have been affected by war.

Alongside private practice I currently work in the NHS within adult mental health and with a grassroots organisation, Latimer Community Art Therapy, founded in response to the Grenfell fire.

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