MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC, BAAT, MEd
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that enables individuals to express and communicate their difficulties primarily through the use of art media. It provides a creative means of expression when talking therapy alone might feel too difficult. Art therapy is suitable for everyone: you do not need to be ‘good’ at art. The work could include drawing, painting, clay, 3D artwork and textile creations. Other creative resources are also used such as lego and small-world imaginative figures. The key aim is to establish a strong therapeutic relationship in a safe environment in order to facilitate positive change.
Art Therapy can help clients with a wide range of diagnoses, difficulties and disabilities. These can include mental health problems, family difficulties, anxiety, behavioural issues, emotional problems, and social skills. My experience includes work with children with ADHD, autism and selective mutsim. I have helped children that were disengaging from school to gain confidence and re-engage with their education. Art therapy can support and empower young people to make positive changes in their lives.
I have worked as an Art Therapist at a school for boys with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Other experience includes providing art therapy in a London primary school with Place to Be, and also with students at a secondary school and college in London. I have a wealth of experience working with children and young people as an educator in a range of educational settings for 20 years. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and am a member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I participate in regular clinical supervision to ensure a high standard of practice.
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