As an art therapist, I work from a psychodynamic, psychotherapeutic approach.
I have extensive experience, over the past sixteen years, of working with people throughout the whole life course; pre-school children, children and young people, adults and older adults.
Our early experiences of families and the groups we belong to, affect the person we become. Taking time together, with the therapist, to explore our personal history allows understandings to form and awareness of the self to develop. How we form and negotiate relationships, how we make life choices for ourselves and how we attend to our own well-being are all rooted in these early experiences.
For some; our present difficulties may arise from traumatic events, bereavement and loss, or significant life events. Here it may be helpful to make use of the confidential therapeutic space to attend, with care, to responses to these events. This is different for everyone, there is no ‘right way’. The therapist and each person develop a unique relationship, attending to what the person brings and what it is they need. This may include: a quiet space, a chance to talk and be heard, time to rest, time to explore creativity, time and space for oneself, time to allow feelings to be acknowledged.
For some the cause of our difficulties may not be so obvious. Experience of low mood, sadness or depression, feeling stuck; can be troublesome to explain or understand. When understandings around our difficulties are hard to reach, it may be helpful to work in a non verbal way. Using art materials can help to explore and acknowledge unconscious material in a symbolic way. It is not necessary to be good at art or have any previous experience of using art materials.
Sharing the images made in art therapy with the therapist can help awareness of the self to develop. The therapist does not interpret the image, their role is to support the person to find their own meaning, to allow feelings to surface and acknowledge what may be present. All images, paintings, drawings and models made in the session are treated in a confidential way.
Dream work may be a helpful approach, as this allows us to attend to unconscious or unprocessed feelings, issues or worries that may be just under the surface. Sharing the narrative of our dreams with the therapist or making images in response to dream content, can help to bring difficult to reach material into an accessible working place.
I have experience of providing one to one psychotherapy and group work.
I am available for students requiring training therapy and supervision.
Registered as a clinical supervisor and private practitioner with the British association of Art Therapists
Registered with Health and Care Professions Council – Extensive experience of working with children and young people, within education; social services, the looked after and accommodated sector and the voluntary agencies.
I have a particular interest in learning disability and dementia and the use of non verbal approaches in these fields.