WHAT IS ART PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Please note that unit the situation changes, all sessions are via Zoom during the Covid-19 Lockdown.
Art psychotherapy is an effective therapy for emotional difficulties, and can provide a safe exploration for personal creativity. It can help those who find verbal therapy difficult or impossible. You do not have to have psychological issues to benefit from art psychotherapy. You do not need to be good at art, or have artistic experience, and there is no focus on an end product.
I run my practice from a quiet, spacious dedicated studio, in Uckfield East Sussex. I also have the choice to work in a ground floor studio, with outdoor space, for those with mobility issues. The building has a wheelchair accessible toilet. I am experienced at peripatetic work in the community such as schools or in the case of chronic illness .
Art has always been central to my identity and I am lucky as it has always informed my career as well as in my personal life. After art college I went on to train as a medical illustrator. I continued to blend my love of art and science with further studies, until my professional life took me to some pretty uncreative places. Much earlier in my career, whilst working with vulnerable children I became aware of the work of art psychotherapists, and their positive impact on abused children, particularly non-verbal children. It was this powerful memory that propelled me to retrain as an art psychotherapist.
I welcome different emotional issues, ages and abilities into my practice, and I have experience working with a many different issues. These range to include anxiety, depression, autism, trauma such as PTSD, and sexual and physical abuse and incest. Some individuals need support with issues around past and present life events such as divorce. I have a body of experience working with children and adults affected by terminal illness, life altering conditions, death and grief.
In addition to my private work I have experience of working within a children's hospice and an NHS setting supporting adults with learning disabilities.
I am passionate about the role of art in prisons and the role of art in ex-offenders lives.
My approach is essentially client-led and psychodynamic, working at the clients pace with whatever the client wants to explore or seeks to understand. I utilise a wide choice of materials and aim to empower clients to find their own voice. Each client is different and therefore the amount of sessions a client needs varies. I suggest a initial free meeting to answer these and any other questions that you may have, and to see if and how we can work together, with no obligation. This would take place at my studio.
Art therapy is a Masters Degree Level Training and is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council. Art therapists are registered with the British Association of Art Therapists and follow their Code of Ethics.
Art Psychotherapy MA (Goldsmiths)
BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) full member
HCPC registered (Health Care Professions Council)
Koestler Arts Mentor
The Path, New Olives, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1QE