A confidential space to explore the feelings and challenges in your life through the medium of art
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, when events or relationships feel overwhelming, or we can feel a loss of direction or purpose. Emotions can feel intense and we can struggle to be with difficult feelings and experiences. Meeting with a trained professional offer’s a supportive space to be move through difficult times and find a deeper understanding of ourselves.
‘Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing,’ (British Association of Art Therapists).
Art therapy is movement based and is an embodied approach. Anyone of any age can access art therapy and do so regardless of skill- the act of simply placing one mark down and then another can be a powerful process.
People come to art therapy because of a range of difficulties. These may include:
I am a qualified art therapist, registered mental health nurse and a practising artist. I offer services in the Nottingham area, have a private practice near to the train station in Beeston Nottingham and am accessible for those who live in Long Eaton and Derby. Services include one to one art therapy, outdoor environmental art therapy, online services and I can attend off-site venue’s such as school’s, organisations or places of employment.
Therapeutic services are offered to individuals and groups including family sessions and are for all people over the age of 4 years. Additionally I offer mental health awareness training to private sectors and am available for consultation.
You, your art making and the therapeutic alliance are at the centre of my therapeutic approach. This has Jungian underpinnings with attention paid to conscious and unconscious processes, is trauma informed, and includes attachment-based psychotherapy, ecopsychology and mindfulness with compassion and empathy at the core. I am supervised by an experienced clinician.
My experience spans over the past 15 years. In that time I have worked within the following settings; primary and secondary schools, pupil referral units, youth offending services, adolescent substance misuse services, within the NHS Children and adolescent service, self-harm liaison services for children, adolescents and adults. Acute adult mental health services and within the charity sector including palliative care.
I am a fully-qualified art therapist and a member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and abide by their code of ethics. My registration number is AS16054 this can be checked online at www.checktheregister.org or www.hcpc-uk.org. I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists, www.baat.org.
My nursing PIN is 07G0924E and can be checked at https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/search-the-register/ or www.nmc.org.uk
Making the decision to see an art therapist is a big step to take – but it can be a positive one. Please read on to find out more about the services offered.
Art therapy takes place in a safe and confidential space. On our initial meeting we will meet online or in person to discuss your needs and how we may work together. If you wish to continue we will arrange another session to collaborate on your therapeutic plan.There are no expectations following this and you can decide if this method of working and what I can offer will be well suited to you. I will listen with sensitivity and empathy – and without judgement.
In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence. The private practice includes a studio space where art materials are provided. Individual sessions can be held indoors or outdoors depending upon your wishes and needs. Typically a client begins indoors and following this outdoor work is planned into subsequent sessions.
The number of sessions are planned with you, the time needed varies from person to person- you may find one session beneficial or require more, this would be agreed during the initial session, is open to review and is based on your needs.
Online individual therapy is currently being offered please get in touch to discuss this further.
Parent and child relationships are imperative for the emotional well-being and development of children and adolescents. Family art therapy sessions offer a safe, supportive and confidential space where art is made together and can facilitate understanding and enhance the relationships within the family. This is referred to as Dyadic Parent Child Art Psychotherapy. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
I offer two options for groups and both are offered off site at your venue. The first is a therapeutic service and sessions are offered as-
The second option is focused on general emotional health factors and promotes emotional well-being. No art experience is necessary. These groups include-
This approach focuses on emotional health and well-being outdoors and within nature. Research shows that being outside and in our natural surroundings has a positive impact on our emotional well-being.
Sessions provided outside give you the opportunity to connect deeply with your surroundings. This will include mindful listening and observation of the natural world as well as making art outdoors with natural materials. Here we ensure we do not harm the environment but sensitively explore what it means to be human in this time and on this earth.
Additionally we can bring the outdoors indoors and utilise found natural materials in the art making.
Both individual and group environmental art therapy sessions are offered and can be included alongside individual indoor sessions, for families, mothers and babies and in training.
I offer a bespoke service to primary and secondary schools and offer this within the school environment. This service can include the following-
Please do not hesitate to contact me with enquiries and for more information.
Mental health awareness training is offered to all organisations. This is an innovative approach that promotes the engagement of attendees through art making and assists in team building, enhances open and honest communication between staff and supports their understanding of mental health.
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