Qualifications and Experience
MA in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths University, London
Facilitating Art Therapy in Situations of Conflict and Social Upheaval (BAAT)
CATT: Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (BAAT)
Art Psychotherapy and Eating Disorders (BAAT)
I am a fully qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I am of dual nationality and work fluently in English, French and Spanish.
Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy that offers art making as another avenue for expression, alongside talking. The art materials are simply proposed as a tool to help facilitate self-expression and understanding; they form part of the communication and can be particularly helpful when working with children and adolescents, when feelings and experiences have no words or feel too overwhelming. The art created is seen purely as a form of expression and never in terms of artistic skill or as a diagnostic tool. There is no need for any previous artistic experience with this type of therapy and there is absolutely no pressure in the session to use the materials if simply talking feels more comfortable. Above all, my practice involves creating a space where you feel safe, respected and supported without judgement. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the therapy and should be based on trust.
I have experience in a variety of settings, facilitating both group and individual sessions with children, adolescents and families. These include primary and secondary schools, eating disorder clinics, community centres and hospices. I have particular experience in working with anxiety, depression, self-harm, panic attacks, low self-esteem, eating disorders, loss, anger and behavioural difficulties. I work closely with parents and when appropriate will include them in therapy sessions.