FRSA, MA, RDT, EATCert.
I am an Arts Psychotherapist working for the NHS as principal psychotherapist within a highly specialist Psychology & Psychological Therapies service for adults who are considered to have very severe, complex and enduring mental health problems. I also have a private practice in which I work with a wider spectrum of people experiencing everything from mental and emotional distress to major life changes as well as those who are seeking to make more meaning in their lives or gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
I provide a safe and supportive environment in which you can make positive changes in your way of being - in relation to yourself, others and the wider world. I work through a mix of verbal exploration as well as more creative and expressive mediums such as action methods and visual arts. My aim in this is to support you in accessing your own innate wisdom and personal sense of direction.
My approach to psychotherapy is based on the Morenian philosophy of creativity and spontaneity and attempts to help people who are feeling stuck to be better able to find adequate responses to new situations or new responses to old situations. My practice is both integrative and relational, and is underpinned by psychodynamic, humanistic and existentialist thinking.
I originally trained in Wilderness and Creative Arts Therapy in Northumberland from 2003-2006 and later completed an MA in dramatherapy at the Southwest School of Dramatherapy in Exeter, UK. Since then I have completed further training in Environmental Arts Therapy and, over the last four years, I have been completing an advanced training in Psychodrama Group & Individual Psychotherapy, at the Maudsley Hospital, with the London Centre for Psychodrama. Since the beginning of 2021 I have been engaged in a postgraduate training with the University of Exeter in family interventions for people with psychosis, accredited by the Association for Family Therapy. I am also currently in the preparatory stage of training in Jungian psychoanalysis and analytical psychology.
Continued learning and personal development is at the heart of my practice as I believe that there is always more to understand and new directions in which to grow. As such I remain an eternal student and am always seeking out further training and development opportunities that could help me to better support my clients. I am also committed to principles of best practice in psychotherapy and therefore remain in personal therapy myself. I have personally engaged in many years of both one-to-one and group psychotherapy as well as regular clinical supervision. Further to my clinical qualifications, I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) - awarded for outstanding achievements in social progress and development.
Outside of my clinical practice I am also Co-Director of The School of Environmental Arts Therapy (SEAT). We provide the only postgraduate certificate training in the UK for art, music, dance-movement and dramatherapists wishing to take their clinical practice outdoors.
Professional Registration & Accreditation:
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Arts Psychotherapist. Registration Number: AS15290
British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) registered Dramatherapist. Registration Number: 3645
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) training member. Registration Number: 2011169143
British Psychodrama Association (BPA) training member.
International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP) training member.