Art Psychotherapist

HCPC Registered

BAAT Approved Private Practitioner and Supervisor

Located in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, I offer a confidential art psychotherapy service to people with a wide range of emotional difficulties. I also provide supervision for practising therapists and counsellors. I have over twenty five years of experience as an art psychotherapist, including eighteen years working with both individuals and groups in the NHS Mental Health Services. More recently I facilitated the art psychotherapy component of an alcohol treatment project. 

For the past twelve years I have provided training therapy for trainee art psychotherapists. Initially from an art and design background, I worked as a lecturer and exhibiting artist before training as a therapist, and now lecture on the Introductory and Foundation courses in art therapy at Warwickshire College.

In addition to my basic training, I have completed additional specialist trainings in psychodynamic psychotherapy, in group therapy, and the Goldsmiths MA in Advanced Clinical Practice in Art Psychotherapy. 

I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (with which I am an approved Private Practitioner and Clinical Supervisor). My practice is in line with HCPC Standards and the BAAT Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Practice.

What is art psychotherapy?

Art psychotherapy, also known as art therapy, is a psychological therapy which enables self-reflection and self-discovery through art-making, facilitated by a qualified art psychotherapist. It is similar to any other form of psychotherapy in that it is a confidential and effective treatment for many kinds of emotional distress. The client is enabled to make sense of and resolve her/his difficulties both through the healing nature of the art-making process, and by talking issues through with the therapist.

It can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings because they can’t find the words to do so, or who express their distress in unhelpful ways. On the other hand, people who are perhaps too adept at using words (as a way of avoiding feeling), or those who are not quite sure what is wrong, also find that art therapy reaches the parts that other therapies cannot reach!

Can art psychotherapy help me?

Art psychotherapy is a recognised treatment for many kinds of mental health problems and emotional distress. If you suffer from any of the following difficulties, you could find this form of therapy beneficial.

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Eating problems
  • Self-harm
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Psychosomatic symptoms
  • Work-related problems
  • Relationship difficulties

On the other hand, you may simply wish to engage in art psychotherapy for reasons of self-exploration and self-development.

Links

  • British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HPC)
  • Insider Art
  • Warwickshire College

https://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses.aspx

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