Since qualifying in 1997 I have gained extensive experience in both art psychotherapy and counselling. Alongside individual work and clinical supervision, I am an experienced group and workshop facilitator. Whether the work is long term or brief therapy, the quality of the therapeutic relationship is central. Within this I am particularly interested in how the image, symbol and imagination combine with somatic and neurobiological processes to help cultivate the resources needed to create positive change. My psychodynamic training aids the exploration of how the past may be creating blocks in the present and I am also influenced by Jungian theory and practice.
I have served as a Regional Coordinator for The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and am currently the representative for private practice in BAAT Scotland.
Practice Areas and Contexts
- Generic art psychotherapy and counselling
- Student counselling
- Visiting lecturer on the MSc (International) Art Psychotherapy training at Queen Margaret University.
- Perinatal mental health
- Personal therapy for therapists as part of their training
- Clinical supervision
- Workshops and training events for organisations including C.G Jung Seminars Scotland
Areas of special interest
Depression, anxiety, relationships, creativity, early relational trauma/abuse, post-traumatic stress, bereavement, loss and grief, feeling blocked and/or stuck, loss of meaning and purpose in life, transition and change, menopause, perinatal issues and childlessness.
MSc Art Psychotherapy (Dist.)
Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Further training and continuing professional development includes: Moving Your Practice Online in Times of Crisis: The Online Therapy Institute, Neuroscience Research Reading and Clinical Discussion Group: Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Brainspotting (levels one and two): Trauma Training Scotland with David Grand, Mentalisation and Dynamic Interpersonal Approaches to Art Psychotherapies: ICAPT, Therapeutic Approaches Working with Families: Human Development Scotland, Jungian workshops and talks : C. G. Jung Seminars Scotland.
I also regularly attend workshops and seminars organised by BAAT and independent practitioners.
BAAT listed Private Practitioner and Supervisor