I have 15 years' experience of working with children and adolescents. My current practice as an art psychotherapist is informed by my earlier experience working in education and adult mental health services.
My decision to train as an art psychotherapist grew out of an interest in hearing-impaired children’s use of their artwork to communicate psychological and emotional difficulties. My role in setting up a nurture group in a primary school confirmed for me the impact of trauma, attachment difficulties and family context on learning. In addition to my individual art psychotherapy work I am particularly interested in group-work and have been developing this through my on-going M.A. in working with groups at the Tavistock Hospital in London. In addition to setting up and co-facilitating groups in a clinical setting which has developed my skills in understanding team and organisational dynamics; I have a strong belief in the importance of providing a safe, non- judgemental, space for distressed and emotionally troubled children within a therapeutic relationship. The use of non-verbal approaches incorporating art materials as well as play can help children and young people to increase their sense of self and lead to a better understanding of their life experience and how this impacts on them.