I began my work with an interest in people and what makes us tick. In 1990 I embarked on counselling courses and at the same time I began to make art. I realised my art work was autobiographical. The art making and counselling courses combined, helped me to reflect and develop self-awareness. This opened up a world of new possibilities, art and therapy could co-exist. Having experienced the potential of art making personally, I went on to art school to complete a BA degree in Fine Art. Shortly after this, I completed the Art Therapy Foundation course at Goldsmiths University of London. Working as a full-time School Counsellor and Mentor, I then went on to study a Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University of London.
I trained and worked in both education and NHS Adult Mental Health Services, where I remained for a further four years. I then worked in schools and nurseries with children, families and staff. I am also trained in Children’s Accelerated Trauma Treatment (CATT.)
Art making is not for everyone within counselling and talking psychotherapy, it’s a personal choice, there is no right or wrong. Art is another tool and I work in a pluralistic way, drawing from and using different therapeutic techniques for each individual client. I continue to work freelance in schools in the London area and from two West London locations in private practice, with adults and young people in Barnes, SW13 & Fulham, SW6.