INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY ART THERAPY

I offer standard and nature-based art therapy for individuals and families.
All sessions are online via Zoom at present.
I HOPE TO BEGIN OFFERING FACE-TO-FACE OUTDOOR SESSIONS IN AUG/SEPT 2021 (DEPENDING ON LOCKDOWNS...)

Below are some FAQ's. Please
contact me if you have any further questions.

What is art therapy?
Art therapy offers a space to explore your creativity as a means of expressing emotions and processing life events. There's no need to be 'good' at art, and it isn't an art class. For more detail see my individual and family therapy sections below.

What is nature-based art therapy?
Nature-based art therapy offers some unique additional elements. Inviting you to listen to your body and the rhythm of the natural cycles. Your creative participation will be invited using whatever you have to hand. This may be pencil and paper, junk from your recycling, old magazines, or fallen leaves, sticks, mud, feathers collected from your daily walks. Whatever you feel drawn to use.
(See below for the benefits of nature connection).


Nature-based mindfulness
I often incorporate nature-based mindfulness techniques which can be useful tools for self-care - grounding, calming, soothing, uplifting and focusing our presence in the moment. Mindfulness involves optimising your awareness of yourself and your surroundings in the present. This is done through gentle breathwork, body scans, and expanding our senses which works really well outdoors i.e. listening to birdsong, feeling the sun or wind on our skin, touching the bark of trees or softness of moss etc (safely and within Covid guidelines).


How do sessions work on Zoom?

Sessions are client-led and can be as verbal or non-verbal as you wish. You are welcome to switch video off for periods of time too. Whatever helps you feel comfortable, we are all struggling with an excess of screen-time!

We would usually start with checking-in, either verbally, visually (through art-making) or using the text function on Zoom. Followed by some art-making, perhaps chatting a bit whilst doing it if you want to and if things come up for you. Then we can look at the art together via your webcam on Zoom, and see where that leads us.

You will need connection to the internet and somewhere where you feel comfortable and won't be disturbed (as much as is possible).


How does incorporating the natural world and art work online?
It might seem counter-intuitive but it works surprisingly well. I've had great feedback from online sessions since the beginning of lockdown. You don't need to be outdoors at the time of your session, although if you can be then we can do little outdoor excursions online together. Otherwise we can reflect on experiences you have had outdoors outside of our sessions. Or use a window to look out of and do some guided mindful exercises. We could wonder at the artistry of nature, the vastness of the sky, glimmers of light through foliage, tumbling upside down into reflected skies in puddles, feeling the texture of tree skin against your human skin.
 

The benefits of nature connection:

Many of us have discovered the mental and physical benefits of time in nature over the last year. It can be soothing for the nervous system, easing stress and anxiety, or uplifting and restorative i.e. birdsong and the vastness and majesty of the sky.

Deepening connection to nature can increase empathy, joy of being, and presence in the moment. It can also help us connect to ourselves and others, our inner and outer landscapes.

Exploring our connection to the natural world and its rhythms can lead us into greater wholeness. A feeling of being held within something much bigger than our individual selves and our relatively fleeting lifespan's.


Spending time outdoors throughout the year, watching and feeling seasons change, can develop a level of intimacy with the environment which we have sadly lost in our modern age. We can often feel inexplicably ''at home'' and comforted by time outside.

This is because we evolved to exist in the natural landscape, and our physical evolution has not had enough time to catch up with our technological and cultural evolution. We ARE nature.

 
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INDIVIDUAL ART THERAPY

I am a fully qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. In these offerings I combine this with my years of experience leading outdoor sessions to offer art therapy with a nature-based emphasis.

 

At the moment these sessions are online but can still include elements of exploring the natural world together, either in our imaginations, or outdoors if you have outdoor space, or a window to gaze at the wonderful sky.

 

You don't need expensive art materials, a pen and paper will do, or even better some natural materials such as stick, leaves, flowers etc gathered from walks in the park or the garden.

From this place of deepening connection with ourselves and one-another, a heightened respect for oneself, others and the planet can emerge. Natural by-products of this process include passion, motivation, authentic engagement and finding meaning, purpose and joy.


Rates:
I charge £50 per session.
Your initial assessment session will be free.

I offer concessions for key workers, students and anyone with a low income. Please do not let financial difficulty impede your access to help, I maintain a proportion of my clients as concessionary rates, and offer some (limited) free sessions to key workers.

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FAMILY ART THERAPY

Grow wild and free with your child, and explore new ways of being together.

I am a fully qualified, HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. In these offerings I combine this with my forest school experience to offer fun, creative family art therapy sessions with a nature-based emphasis.

 

Exploring nature together can expand the range of family activities, offer a neutral and containing space for exploring family dynamics, as well as countless developmental benefits for children, especially in the early years.
 

At the moment these sessions are online but can still include elements of exploring the natural world together, either in our imaginations, a garden, balcony, or a window to gaze at the wonderful sky.

 

You don't need expensive art materials, a pen and paper will do, or even better some natural materials such as stick, leaves, flowers etc gathered from walks in the park or the garden.

Rates:
I charge £60 per session for families.
Your initial assessment session will be free.

I offer concessions for key workers, students and anyone with a low income. Please do not let financial difficulty impede your access to help, I maintain a proportion of my clients as concessionary rates, and offer some (limited) free sessions to key workers.

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