I prioritise presence and authentic connection – using dynamic, adaptable, and client-led therapy methods. I trust participant expertise in their own experience, to know what approaches work best for them. Art Therapy supports unique and creative problem solving without requiring artistic ‘skill’.
No skill or previous experience with creative art is needed to benefit from Art therapy!
I use verbal-reflection, combined with creative writing, visual art, dance/movement, drama techniques, and interaction with nature – to adapt to personal and expressive needs. Emphasis is on process rather than ‘product’, and I support your individual comfort and connection to the forms. Sessions may be primarily art-based or involve much more conversation than creation depending on the individual.
Art Therapy can be highly supportive for those whom traditional talk-therapy has proven challenging, however it could benefit any-one of any age!
Clients often express positive transformation in the following areas:
Self-esteem and self-worth; Empathy, understanding and connection; Sense of meaning and empowerment; Self-expression, like setting boundaries or stating needs; Perspectives on past; Expanded future potential; Personal and social wellbeing.
Young children and/or non-verbal clients may express similar experiences through:
More frequent independent behaviour; Responsiveness and social engagement; Expanded expressive abilities; Increased calmness and harmony in relationship.
Art Therapy is non-diagnostic, although I can co-create treatment plans and therapeutic approaches with those who have been given a diagnosis, to support their recovery in cooperation with mental-health or disability services.
I have special interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) – based Art Therapy; as well as using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestault, Psychodynamic, Jungian and Mindfulness -based Art Therapies regularly.
Personal feeling, thought, and behaviour, is inextricably linked to the wider social context. I think critically about the broader network of challenges affecting my clients, and seek to empower positive growth through this systemic lens.