I am an Integrative Art Psychotherapist registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with 16 years’ experience working for a leading London charity and 4 years within the NHS (Guys Hospital). I work with a broad range of people, from teenagers through to older adults and am very experienced in helping clients to manage and reduce high levels of distress and mental disturbance, as well as working with clients seeking greater self awareness and creative expression.
My work style
I am warm, empathic and non-judgemental therapist, and I provide clients with an environment in which to accomplish change and personal growth. I focus on helping clients to understand their emotions, past, and relational patterns; and to explore new ways of relating to themselves and interacting with others. To enable this I combine talking based therapy with the use of creative media which guides clients to engage with their own creativity. It is my belief that everyone has a creative spark within them which when ignited acts to facilitate emotional growth.
Why art therapy?
Sometimes it can be hard to talk directly about difficulties and feelings, so communicating through another medium may be easier or more appropriate. The processes involved in image making and the images themselves can help this difficult communication. The use of art is introduced gradually, aiming to provide clients with an opportunity to discover themselves on a deeper level while providing a necessary emotional safety and containment. You definitely do not have to be ‘good at art’ to benefit from it.
Duration of the treatment
There is no fixed duration for treatment. You can come to explore a specific topic or to explore yourself on a wider level. No decision need be made at the start of the process and short-term work can be very useful for a particular problem. In either short or long term therapy, I regularly offer and invite feedback.