I am a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist with an MA in Art Psychotherapy.
Prior to qualifying as an Art Psychotherapist, I was a Primary School Teacher for 12 years, a Piano Teacher and a Self-employed registered Childminder for 2 years.
As an Art Psychotherapist, I am self-employed and work with a wide range of clients. I work with adults, children and young people and I provide weekly 1:1 sessions and group sessions. I am based at Magnolia - Centre for Health and Wellbeing in Neath, where I rent a room for my Art Psychotherapy sessions. I have worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, bereavement, eating disorders, personality disorders, anger issues, relationship difficulties and isolation to name just a few.
1:1 sessions are extremely beneficial for people needing more individual time to explore their difficulties deeper. Group sessions work well when wanting to improve on relationships, ways of relating and difficulties in low confidence or self-esteem. I find these sessions can really help people to explore their difficulties with the support and understanding of others present.
I have also been working within Pupil Referral Units and schools, offering Art Therapy to pupils who struggle with anxiety, emotional regulation, anger difficulties, suppressed emotions, bereavement, body image and low self-esteem to name just a few of their difficulties. I work with parents from these schools too.
I also offer Art Therapy to organisations for 'Wellbeing Days' such as colleges, schools, charities etc. I have provided weekly group sessions for adults in various commnuity centres.
Previously, as an Art Psychotherapist, I have worked within the NHS, Secondary Care in Adult Mental Health and offered Art Therapy to clients suffering from eating disorders, low self-esteem, bereavement, psychosis and abusive relationships. I have also worked within the NHS on a ward for older adults, offering Art Therapy to clients suffering from dementia, physical symptoms and illnesses, loneliness and memory loss.
I have found working with all of my clients a privilege and I have made it my aim to become attuned to each and every one of them in order to engage fully within the therapeutic relationship with them, enable them to feel heard and to authentically empathise with their individual stories through their art-making and verbal communication. I want to empower my clients to find a happier and healthier path and for them to strengthen their self-belief to move forward independently.
I use directive and non-directive techniques, combine mindfulness and focussing techniques with the theories and methods of Art Psychotherapy. Most importantly I place you, the client, at the centre, learning and understanding your individual needs.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance and I have an up to date DBS certificate.
HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist.
MA Art Psychotherapy
BA Honours History of Art