Based on over 10 years experience as a therapist and 25 years working with people to support personal development, I aim to help people find greater personal resilience, be more self-accepting, and feel more at peace within themselves and in their relationships.
I am an experienced therapist, based in Borrowash, between Derby and Nottingham, where I run an established private practice providing effective therapy in a tranquil and confidential environment. I work with adults and teenagers, individually and in groups, offering Creative Arts Therapy, Talking therapy, and Lifespan Integration Therapy. I am also a creative supervisor, offering supervision for health and care professionals.
I offer something quite different compared to counsellors and talking therapists in that I bring creativity into the therapy. Harnessing our imaginations and paying attention to the metaphors we use in our language enables us to access our unconscious minds offering greater information which is helpful for developing self awareness. Creativity is also useful as a tool to enable distance from our more painful feelings. For example, we can project ourselves and our feelings onto characters or objects representing aspects of ourselves.
If working in this way is new to you it may seem unusual, however many people have reported how beneficial they have found it to work creatively within their therapy as well as a large body of research and evidence to support this way of working. Working creatively works faster than just talking alone as it allows us to access more parts of the brain than when we use language alone. It also helps make the therapy more memorable.
Often, people seek therapy because their difficulties have become unmanageable and their symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or relationship friction, can feel all consuming. I understand this and hope to make people feel welcomed and comfortable, being sensitive to work in a way that feels supportive and exploratory at the same time. It’s crucial that in healing emotionally painful issues, it is done without re-traumatising.
Many of the issues people come to me with relate, in one way or another, to previous trauma. These traumas can be one off incidents, like a car accident, or ongoing, such as being mistreated by someone. In some cases, unaddressed trauma can lead to feeling anxious, low and trapped, adding to difficulties with relationships, or can contribute to mental and physical health problems. Sometimes people don't realise that their issues, such as depression, are linked to previous trauma. If this describes any of your experiences, please continue to read to find out how I can help you.
You are welcome to look through my website and please feel free to call me for more information and to book a consultation.
I look forward to hearing from you,
State registered Arts Therapist HCPC, BADTh
Accredited Lifespan Integration Therapist
Qualified and registered Creative Clinical Supervisor BADTh