Pauline Colles

I am an Art Therapist for children, young people and their families. I have also completed therapeutic skills for Children&Young People at The Scottish Institute of Human Relations, this provided me with a deeper understanding of Psychotherapy. I am also an Art Therapy Group Facilitator and provide one to one Art Therapy for adults. I have a foundation as a General Nurse, and a background in the field of family homelessness. I have worked as a British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT). I have been a Health Care and Professions Council accredited Art Therapist since 1998. I am also registered with BAAT as a Supervisor (since 2003) and Private Practitioner (since 2013).

Alongside my work at Wellspring I work for the Teapot Trust providing one to one Art Therapy for children with a chronic medical condition in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in the PPALS team (Pediatric Psychology and liaison service) where we are now offering Art Therapy Student Placements. I work with adults and children in Shakti Women’s Aid, and offering one-to-one Art Therapy for SWiiS Foster care, where I taught a Level One Attachment Theory course. I also facilitate a group for adults at Livingwell in North Edinburgh and LEAP in the South of Edinburgh. I am curious about the theoretical work of Dan Hughes (who teaches working with families) and Barbara Dockar-Drysdale (who teaches about integrating a therapeutic approach into the community) whilst child protection and care underpins the core of therapeutic work.

In Wellspring I offer family work and one to one work for adults or children. I started in Wellspring in 2015 but have worked in the Leith community since 1998. Wellspring has allowed me the opportunity to work with multi-cultural families, both within their homes, and in their schools, a service subsidized by The Danny Bhoy Charity Fund.

I believe in the individual experience that is brought and shared within Art Therapy. In waiting to hear and listen I have found that together we can understand the meanings of personal stories. Art making, play and narrative can be used together or as felt possible. Choice is held with the individual who is predominantly an active participant in their Art Therapy. I have supervision to support me in this work and I maintain my own personal learning. Wellspring has developed evaluation tools to ensure that the best service is delivered and received.

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