M.Res. Art Psychotherapy (2010)
P.G.Dip. Advanced Art Therapy (1998)
P.G.Dip. Art Therapy (1991)
Registered Mental Nurse (1989)
B.A .(Hons.) II.I Philosophy & Literature
2006-present Art Psychotherapist, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
2004-present Art Psychotherapist, Independent practice
2002–2006 Art Psychotherapist, Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust
1994–2002 Art Therapist, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Trust
1991–1994 Art Therapist, Stepping Stones Therapeutic Education
1991–1994 Staff Nurse, RMN. PROMIS Recovery Centre, Nonington, Kent
1991-1994 Art Therapist, The Bridge Project, Children’s Home, Kent
1990–1991 Staff Nurse, RMN. South East Kent Health Authority
1989–1990 Staff Nurse, RMN. Kent and Canterbury Health Authority
1985–1989 Nursing Assistant & Student Nurse
My first training was as a Registered Mental Nurse which gave me a strong foundation in mental health. For most of my professional life I have worked as an art psychotherapist with both children and adults. My long experience of work within CAMHS has enabled me to work with children and their families who have experienced a wide range of clinical diagnoses and emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioural disorders and bereavement. I have worked within specialist eating disorder teams, in public and private healthcare services. I am particularly interested and experienced in working with attachment and bonding difficulties and currently work part time in a team for Looked After and Adopted Children (LAAC) and their families and carers.
Supervision / Consultation
I have many years’ experience supervising art psychotherapy trainees at master’s level. I enjoy working independently and within the National Health Service as a supervisor to art psychotherapists. Within my clinical work I provide consultation to the many social care and educational professionals that work with young people with mental health difficulties.
Teaching / Training
As part of my work I have participated regularly in the training of colleagues and other professionals. Subjects have included the use of art making in psychotherapy, bereavement and loss, attachment difficulties and art psychotherapy in Looked after Children. I have enjoyed running creativity workshops for staff teams who require facilitated sessions.
The subject of my recent research degree at the University of London explored the ways in which LAAC benefit from working within the art psychotherapy space. My research showed this specific therapy offers considerable benefits to children who need sensory experience to gain a positive sense of self. It also helps the child have a sense of history as it uses concrete media to make a positive record of the relationship with the therapist.
Continuing Professional Development
Throughout my career I have enjoyed ongoing opportunities for professional development. Most recently, in addition to the learning of my Masters degree, I have participated in training on attachment disorders and mental health and working with young people with eating disorders. I regularly attend training offered by my professional body. I maintain my creative practice and identity as an artist; this and my CPD is monitored as part of my HCPC registration as an Art Psychotherapist.