Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time
The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”
If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life
I am a firm believer in the power of art therapy and for people to know that there is help available for them from an understanding and empathic therapist through a creative way. Based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, I am a formally trained Art Psychotherapist and I have a background in both art and mental health, and the crossover between the two. I am registered with the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) and a member of British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
What Do I Offer?
Working as an Art Psychotherapist with young adults ages 15 – 18 at Priory Coleg Gwent, and with children of school age at a small number of schools and homes in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
The priory department in the Coleg Gwent helps students who have unique personalities and needs a more therapeutic approach to help them on their new journey as young adults. Many have Aspergers, autism and learning difficulties, some have had a difficult upbringing who need a more caring approach to make sure they start out on the right path for them.
The Priory schools and care homes looks after children who have been excluded from mainstream schools due to their challenging behaviours. Many of these children come from a difficult background, have been traumatised and been in care for a number of years. I offer art therapy sessions at the schools and care home to give them a unique therapeutic approach in reflecting on their emotional development and giving them a place to feel listened to.
The Owl Centre for Children’s Independent Therapy
The Owl Centre is a group of private multi-disciplinary clinics for children in Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, and offers school or home visits to those who might benefit from the range of therapy approaches offered.
I offer Art Therapy to children in Gloucestershire; this can be in schools, at home, or at the centre in Cheltenham. If you are interested in arranging a session, please contact The Owl Centre.
At Kids Company, I was an Art Psychotherapist based at a few different venues across Bristol offering one to one art psychotherapy to young children; I also ran workshops for teachers, key workers, and other staff, introducing Art Therapy to them.
Kids Company Bristol was a charity in Bristol that provided practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable children and young people, many of whom have been excluded from mainstream education due to their behaviour and need a unique approach.The ultimate aim is to return the children back to mainstream schooling.
Pupil Referral Unit
I have been fortunate to have worked with a pupil referral unit in Cardiff as a art psychotherapist before I started working for Kids Company, as this has given me more skills to draw upon and have an idea of the best approach to use whilst working with the children with all kinds of issues.
Place2Be is a service that offers counseling to primary school aged children in schools who are presenting problems.
I worked with Place2Be for a couple of years at two different schools which gave me a lot of experience of working with children in a school environment. I believe that working at different schools that have used different approaches has given me insights into my own beliefs in how children can overcome their difficulties.
I worked with a charity called Siblings Together who focus on reuniting siblings together on holiday that have been separted through care. I attended two camps and looked after two siblings groups as a mentor. These camps have been a incredible journey for many of the children that attended and overcame many challenges, as well as gaining valuable memories. Amongst other things, I ran creativity workshops in the camps.
I am currently a member of the following bodies:
- The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
- BAAT regional group 5 (Gloucestershire)
- The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Currently studying
- “Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice (D24G)” with The Tavistock and Portman NHS trust
- Diploma (Level 4) Child Psychology
- Child protection and safeguarding level 2
- MA Art Psychotherapy (Psychodynamic)
- BA (hons) Fine Art
I have been fortunate enough to have a varied set of experience; this has given me some rare insights into life.
- I have experience of working as a carer/support worker working with young children with all kinds of difficulties right through to the elderly.
- I have designed and run an art therapy introduction workshop in both my current and previous jobs.
- I have a medical background working for St John Ambulance for 10 years and working as a auxiliary nurse on a children’s intensive care unit.
- I have previously volunteered at Samaritans for 4 years – having experience of the medical and mental health at the same time helped me gain an extensive set of skills to work with all kinds of issues.