At The Art Therapy Nest, I use a coherent blend of psychological theories which consider mind, body and spirit.

About Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy provides that rare, confidential space in which you can talk freely and be heard. Together, we embark upon a process of discovery to understand what is troubling you and how life experiences are impacting your emotions, feelings and ways of being in the world. Whatever life has thrown at us, therapy can help to bring insight, self-compassion and autonomy.

The model of psychotherapy I practice is psychodynamic, relational, humanistic and grounded in neuroscience. It works in the knowledge that past experiences affect our present, influencing the ways in which we anticipate and relate to ourselves, others and our environment.

Individually tailored and holistic, this is an effective approach to psychological growth and wellbeing.

“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”

About Art Psychotherapy

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”

Art psychotherapy is a specialist form of psychotherapy which includes use of art materials. Sometimes words are inadequate, and a creative process of expression can be helpful. When we use sensory materials, a creative process occurs which enables us to unlock non-verbal, or deeply held experiences and feelings, gently. A smudge on a page, a splatter of paint or incisive marks in clay can be immensely freeing. Used therapeutically, they can act as guides to psychological growth.

I have many different art mediums available, such as paint, charcoal, clay, pastels, postcards, puppets and objects in a Jungian sand tray.  I also work with mindfulness, metaphor and creative writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be good at art?

No! Many people have not picked up a paintbrush since school. The focus is on exploration and curiosity, not on creating a masterpiece.  Creative process happens whether we think of ourselves as ‘creative’ or not.

Will I have to do art if I don’t want to?

No! We are all unique and not everyone wishes to use creative materials. Each session is different. Talking therapy, and being actively listened to, might be exactly what is required.

What to Expect

Individual sessions are weekly, lasting 50 minutes.

We will talk about whatever concerns you, with a view to making sense of what is happening in your life, or bringing meaning and understanding where you feel overwhelmed.

If you are open to using creative materials, we can use these to explore your experiences.  You might have a clear idea of what you would like to use, or I might suggest different mediums. The emphasis will be on the process of making and reflecting, rather than the finished article.

Therapy is a collaborative relationship. Together, we take time to pause and reflect upon your inner canvas.

I am accredited with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC), no. AS16452, a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), no. 2011165386 and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), no. 45986.  

I adhere to the ethical standards and principles of these organisations, including regular clinical supervision and professional development courses.