• HCPC & BAAT Registered Art Psychotherapist

    Working in schools and in private practice.

Kindness to oneself …

As a State Registered Art Psychotherapist with many years of experience I use both art & talking psychotherapy in the work I do. By nurturing and developing a trusting therapeutic relationship in a warm, secure environment at your pace, without intrusion or judgement. Together we can find the best way to explore and challenge problems more effectively. We can safely discover what feels right for you, in order to cultivate a more stable, contented and fulfilling future.
If you are feeling, just not right, or stuck, you may also experience a sense of being lost and isolated. It can then seem impossible to imagine change and feeling better. Art psychotherapy & talking psychotherapy can help …
You may be struggling with …
Feeling anxious, sad, or depressed.
You may have experienced trauma.
Relationships may be suffering or feel difficult to manage.
You may be finding it pressured and problematic in your work environment.
You may feel it’s difficult to be close to people, or struggle in social situations.
You may have lost someone you love.
You may have separated from a partner and feel isolated.
Perhaps you feel uncertain about where you are going, or may feel directionless. You may want to explore your identity, who you are, culture, race, ethnicity, your heritage. Maybe you would like to think about self-image, body image, sexuality, age.
Maybe you would like to change the ways in which you react and behave.

Art and talking psychotherapy can help.

What is Art Psychotherapy?

Art psychotherapy uses both talking psychotherapy and the creative process. Making art within a safe therapeutic environment can help you to connect to feelings where words may be insufficient or difficult. The image develops and creates a new narrative, acting as your voice. Making the image and talking about it, offers another connection and perspective. The image is not there as a work of art as such. It is your unique way-in toward helping understand yourself better.

As with talking psychotherapy, understanding yourself better can help you to process and then build inner stability and confidence. Sharing your creativity with a professional art psychotherapist can be a cathartic experience. You do not need to have any artistic talents or skills. It is not an art lesson. It is an exploration of your thoughts and feelings, however, some clients prefer not to make art. There is no right or wrong choice, it is whatever you are comfortable with. The art materials are always there, if you decide you might like to try them out. Every session is focussed on meaning and what is important to you. At your pace.

What is Talking Therapy?

Psychotherapy involves talking with a trained psychotherapist. A psychotherapist listens carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications. Part of the work is to be able to help link up thoughts and feelings that may have an effect on behaviour and moods. Through talking therapy, you can share your experiences confidentially in a safe therapeutic environment. This can offer a sense of release and insight allowing you to develop self-assurance and stability. Sharing what is on your mind and how that makes you feel can help you observe patterns in your life which may be helpful to change.

Negative patterns and communications can begin very early in life. Using psychotherapy can allow us to think together about how future communications and relationships might be more effective, satisfying and fulfilling. I combine both psychotherapy (talking therapy) and art making psychotherapy. However, some clients prefer not to make art. There is no right or wrong choice, it is whatever you are comfortable with. The art materials are always there, if you decide you might like to try them out. Every session is focused on meaning and what is important to you. At your pace.