I am a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist and Art Therapist working with adults and children in Bury St Edmunds. In 2017, I made the move from London to work at St Nicholas Hospice Care, where I work with patients, families, bereaved adults and coordinate the children's bereavement service Nicky's Way for children and young people aged 4 to 18. Alongside my work at the hospice, I am part of the Bury Practice where I work as private practitioner.
Initially I trained as a Norland Nanny and spent many happy years in families caring for their children. I then trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) where I did my Masters qualifying in 2014 as a UKCP psychotherapist. I have since undertaken further training in working with children, a certificate in therapeutic play and CPD in working with children using Art Therapy.
How I work
As a psychotherapist, my approach is integrative with a humanistic and existential perspective. At the heart of my practice is the client-psychotherapist relationship. I consider the relationship central to my work, believing it to hold vast therapeutic potentials. I hope to offer you a sense of holding, providing a containing environment in order to make the experience more manageable, so that we can explore material on a deep and profound level. I offer short term or long work depending on your needs, counselling, psychotherapy or Art therapy.
I welcome creativity and authenticity during our sessions. The arts can often defy the limitations of language and provide meaning and clarity to unvoiced emotions you may be feeling. The arts can be used to amplify an inner language, which is initially non-verbal, to help you gain insight and understanding into your life.
No previous experience of being artistic is required. Using art materials during a psychotherapy session is another way to express your-self, so it is therefore the process of creating we are looking at rather than the finished product. As you engage with the arts, you will create your own unique way of working with the materials, letting go of self-criticism, and accepting that there is no right or wrong, in Art Therapy. We will find a way of working together that best suits you.
I look forward to welcoming you.