Art Psychotherapy / Art Therapy:
Art Psychotherapist - HCPC Registered.
I have 30 years experience as a practitioner with individuals and groups:
promoting mental health, wellbeing and creativity;
working with those experiencing a wide range of life issues. For example: stress, depression, mental health problems, loss / bereavement, relationship issues, attachment issues, identity issues, work-related problems, abuse, sexual issues, eating problems, trauma, vicarious stress / trauma, suicidality, self-harm, cancer care, palliative care etc.
I am a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
My theoretical model is pluralistic trauma informed art psychotherapy, which is integrative and grounded in relational and psychodynamic practice. My work is guided by trauma informed care principles and common factors research.
Another core strand of practice is ecotherapy / eARTherapy - promoting eco-creativity and a reciprocal caring relationship with the rest of nature.
What is Art Psychotherapy / Art Therapy?
"Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication." (British Association of Art Therapists, BAAT)
For more details, see BAAT's summary: What is Art Therapy?
I adhere to the HCPC's (2016) Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
“I maintain that there is a desperate social need for the creative behaviour of creative individuals.”(Rogers, 1996: 347)
“The mainspring of creativity appears to be the same tendency which we discover so deeply as the curative force in psychotherapy - man’s tendency to actualise himself, to become his potentialities.”(Rogers, 1996: 350-351)
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”(Sir Ken Robinson)