Integrative Child Psychotherapist MA UKCP
The focus of my Arts Based Child Psychotherapy practice is on early therapeutic intervention with children and adolescents from the ages of 4-21 enabling them- and their families- to make sense of their world and to live the happiest and best lives they can. I recently pioneered a schools-based programme for parents called Parent Conversations, which offers practical solutions for everyday problems. I work closely with families to help strengthen the child-parent relationship and offer strategies to help with re-building communication and self-confidence.
Traumatic experiences can leave a child feeling unsafe or overwhelmed and it can be hard for them to put into words their thoughts and feelings. Using talk, play and the arts can help children discover for themselves a different perspective in respect to their problems. The child is not in therapy to be fixed and made better like a broken toy but can, by using their own verbal or non-verbal language, enhance both their physical and mental wellbeing. My work draws on therapeutic theories as well as common sense, play and humour.
I trained at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education and gained my MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy. I went on to complete a 12- month training in Jungian and Post-Jungian Sand Tray Therapy and Cultural Perspectives.
Currently, I am part of the team at TRC and work in private practice and schools. I am still keenly interested in Contemporary Art, my world for over 20 years prior to becoming a Psychotherapist.
I have three children, three cats and a dog called Rothko…