I have a masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute of Arts and Therapy in Education. I am a registered member of BACP and I abide by their code of ethics within my practice.
I trained as an arts psychotherapist therefore I can also offer working creatively if appropriate or wanted by the client. This way of working does not require any artistic skill just an interest and willingness to have a go. I find working with the aid of art materials or imagination can often get to things that were previously ‘hard to put a finger on’ or difficult to talk about. It can also allow for different perspectives on an issue and to further personal meanings. I can offer working with sand tray, art materials, movement.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including:
Anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, confidence issues, trauma, sexual abuse, rape, family issues, relational issues, relationship issues or breakdowns, sexual and gender identity, bereavement, OCD, eating disorders, personality disorders, suicide and self harm.
I have held three previous honorary posts within the NHS.
2008-2009 – Community Mental Health Team in Romford, Essex.
2010-2012 – The Art Therapy Department within Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge.
2013-2014 – Lawrence Way Counselling service, Cambridge. I worked at a GP practice offering counselling to patients.
2009-2011 – I held an honorary post at Kids Company in London where I provided art and talking psychotherapy for parents and teachers within a school setting.
2013-2014 – I worked for Arts and Minds in Cambridge on their Arts On Prescription project. I held a counsellor post within the art sessions that they ran for people who struggle with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
2015-Present – I work as a student counsellor within the counselling and wellbeing team at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. I offer time limited counselling to students. I also run self-esteem and confidence workshops and an art therapy group for students too.