Counselling is bespoke and unique to every individual. I believe it is important that individuals are empowered to choose a therapeutic approach to healing that is most comfortable for them.
As a counsellor, I embrace a responsive and flexible approach, offering an empathic, non-judgemental and safe space for clients to explore and express feelings and thoughts around life experiences and challenges they may be facing in their own chosen way, whether it is through talking therapy or through various creative, play or art-based approaches. I specialize in providing trauma-informed therapeutic support to children, young people and adults, through face to face and online sessions.
Online counselling can be particularly helpful if a person struggles with social anxiety, illness or finds being in new places challenging or simply finds it more convenient and comfortable being in their own environment. Clients get to engage in an online therapeutic space , with the option of engaging with creative tools, and or through home-based creative materials.
HOW I WORK
I offer a free 15 minute introduction telephone call to explore what support you feel you or your child may need. We can discuss any initial questions or concerns you may have. There is no obligation to commit to any sessions. However, if you would like to proceed, the next step is to book an assessment appointment, for which I charge my standard fee.
£60 per 50-minute face to face/ online session
I am skilled in, but not limited to the following areas:
* Attachment difficulties
* Family Breakdown
* Self- esteem/self-confidence
* Building Resilience
* Self Harm
* Chronic illness e.g. ME/CFS
* Social difficulties
*Developmental Trauma & deficits
Why Creative Counselling?
Creative Counselling combines talking therapies with creative interventions. Creative and art-based approaches are beneficial ways to process complex feelings and thoughts, by giving expression, movement, shape and colour to life experiences in a way that often words alone can't do. Working through art isn't about becoming an artist, but about finding meaning and connection in life.
Interventions and approaches that may be used during sessions include, but are not limited to:
* Art Therapy
* Play Therapy
* Sensorimotor Art Psychotherapy
* Clay Field Therapy
* Guided/Bilateral Drawing
* Talking Therapy approaches
* Coaching - psychoeducation & coping tools
The benefits of working with creative and art mediums?
self- discovery: creating/expression through art can help clients acknowledge and recognise feelings that have been difficult to access or process;
self-esteem : provides a sense of self-accomplishment and freedom to explore;
emotional release: providing a healthy outlet for expressing and letting go of feelings and fears, which are difficult to articulate at times;
Stress relief: creating art can provide relief around anxiety, depression or emotional trauma;
An opportunity to be authentic, without any expectations or pressures to produce - the healing is in the process of "making and creating"
What is Clayfield Therapy?
Clay Field Therapy as an approach and medium, provides the therapist with the opportunity to support clients in repairing interpersonal trauma, as the focus is on haptic perception, which describes how we sense and perceive with our hands. The material (the clay) will reciprocate every communication impulse, so every time a child/young person reaches out with a motor impulse, they will receive sensory feedback from their own action pattern.
This sensorimotor feedback loop defines the essence of Clay Field Therapy. The approach does not ask for what happened, but will address trauma as developmental setbacks. Clients who do not respond to cognitive and image-based approaches, can practice to process and order incoming information in an embodied way. At the Clay Field there is an opportunity to learn to organise their implicit sensorimotor base, which gradually enables them to respond to relationships with their environment in an increasingly fulfilling way. The smooth texture, the weight and resistance of the clay will evoke attachment patterns, developmental setbacks and traumatic events. This does not occur in a cognitive way, but as learnt action patterns and felt sensations.
In a safe and supportive setting, the hands of my clients will find their way out of restriction, collapse and frozen fear into growing trust and fulfilment, because the clay has the unique ability to feedback any contact they make with it.
The therapeutic focus is neither on symptoms nor on the story of what-happened, but on the innate urge to find a more adequate response to the world at hand. This way the encounter at the clay field allows them to gradually rewrite their
What is Guided Drawing?
Guided Drawing (Elbrecht, 2018) is a form of bilateral drawing which uses both hands to create images with pastels, crayons, chalk, or paint as a way to release feelings and emotions stored in the body. In Guided Drawing you can recreate the tension that you feel in your body through repetitive movements on the paper, so it can be released (Elbrecht, 2018; Malchiodi, 2020).
With this process the goal isn’t to make a picture, although you may create some interesting and unusual images. We are focussing on a body process supported by art materials that is sometimes described by Elbrecht as an internal massage: if you experience tension in a part of your body, you can tune into the sensation and safely discharge it by creating repetitive markings on your paper with the art materials.
Guided Drawing also makes use of archetypal shapes which have various qualities to support the release of different feeling states, emotions, and stored body memories. You can read more in the link below.
When we make a crossover pattern from left to right and right to left, we are strengthening the coordination of our brain-hemispheres. These bilateral actions support coordination not only in physical movement, but also coordination in thinking and emotions. In this way, we can process our emotions and are able to make sense of our inner and outer worlds more easily, instead of becoming too activated and overwhelmed (Elbrecht, 2018).
I completed my training ‘Healing Trauma with Guided Drawing’ with the Institute for Sensorimotor Art Therapy now regularly use this process in art therapy sessions with children and adult clients. For more information about Guided Drawing with children/young people, please read://www.sensorimotorarttherapy.com/blog/guided-drawing-with-children