I am an accredited psychotherapist with many years experience in both the public and private sector. For the last 6 years I worked as the art psychotherapist at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, with cancer patients at all stages of diagnosis and treatment. I recently gave up this post to be able to offer more in depth, long term psychotherapy and cancer support to those unable to find this within the NHS. I remain an honorary consultant with the Royal Marsden and continue to offer psychotherapy and art therapy to cancer patients within my private practice. In addition to my work with patients I developed an ongoing clinical research trial to explore art therapy as an intervention for breast cancer patients with chronic post treatment pain, and have taught students taking the Psychosocial Module at the Royal Marsden School. I remain interested in the connection between psychological and physical issues and continue to research somatic issues in psychotherapy.
Previous posts have been with other London NHS oncology units, group work with adults in both acute and out-patient mental health NHS settings, and both group and individual work with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties excluded from main stream primary and secondary education. I have initiated a full time art psychotherapy service in Pupil Referral Units across Southwark, and worked with staff offering reflective practice and supervision to support their work, deepen their understanding of their clients and mange their own stress.
I am registered with Health and Care Professions Council, the British Association of Art Therapists and with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and am bound by the guidelines and code of ethics of these organisations. I have full public liability insurance for my work both in the public and private sector.
Prior to qualifying as an art psychotherapist from Goldsmiths University I worked extensively in the arts sector, and this creative and sometimes difficult journey has been formative in my psychotherapy approach. Initially working as an actor I then went on to study Ceramics BA at Camberwell and Fine Art MA at Middlesex University. My making journeys with me to this day, and somehow remains focused on ideas of the ‘in-between’; liminal states of transition and fragility.
My approach to therapy is grounded in my psychodynamic training, but is primarily led by the needs of each individual I work with, so follows an integrative psychodynamic model. The influence of my own ongoing personal Jungian analysis and my Jungian analytic training with IGAP also direct much of my thinking.