I am an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and full member of the British Association of Art Therapists
Approach: My clinical work is primarily psychodynamic, informed by attachment theory and mentalization-based therapy. I am experienced in working with a wide range of materials and techniques within my practice, including painting, clay-work, inks, oil and chalk pastels, the use of ‘found objects’, working reflexively utilising both directive and non-directive approaches. Through developing a secure therapeutic relationship clients can embody distressing thoughts and feelings, and begin to illuminate and identify unconscious processes through the art-making, looking together at symbols, archetypes and material use in relation to their story.
Experience: I have delivered art therapy as part of community mental health teams, third sector organizations, and within acute inpatient settings, where I have provided individual, group, and staff sessions. I am also experienced in delivering art therapy CPD sessions to staff and service providers.
Men’s work: I have worked in male-specific mental health services for over 7 years and have developed links with a number of organisations focussing on men’s work. I am interested in helping individuals identify and explore issues of male identity and providing safe environments in which to discuss the current challenges faced by men in our society. My 2017 masters thesis focused on the topic of men within the field of art therapy, and explored dominant narratives and current conceptions of the masculine and feminine from a male perspective.
- Bachelor of Arts (with honours) in Animation (University of Central Lancashire)
- Master of Arts in Art Psychotherapy (University of South Wales)