If you could say it in words there would be no reason to paint
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time
The “earth” without “art” is just “eh”
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home
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. 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).
Why Art Therapy?
Art has the power to touch our hidden emotions that we so often push away and brings them alive. When somebody works with an art therapist, we can look at these powerful images and try to make sense of them. Art therapy can really take you on a journey to help you reflect deeply about your life. I have witnessed myself on many occasions just how much art can really show many emotions in one image without the use of words.
My background is as an artist but with a great deal of experience around physical and mental health, and dealing with challenging behaviour. This experience has honed my skills into dealing well with clients that may present unusual and challenging behaviour.
Formally trained using a psychodynamic approach, however, since working with children who have a wide range of difficulties – particularly children who have been traumatised – I typically use an integrative approach. I believe that each person that comes into art therapy brings different dynamics and I believe in seeing the person in a unique way – we are all different and have different needs.
During the initial stages I focus on the relationship that is developing – a safe, confidential and trusting environment is of great importance.