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I offer Art Therapy for adults and adolescents who want to explore such things as relationship difficulties, feelings of low self-confidence and worth, or persisting sadness or fear following loss or trauma. Such difficulties may show themselves in symptoms such as depression,small picture of a rock in a stream anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, eating disorders, self-harm and psychotic episodes; however, difficulties cannot always be named in this way, or easily put into words.

The process of expressing, exploring and reflecting on thoughts and feelings, with the help of the therapist, and using art materials in a playful way, can develop a greater understanding of troublesome psychological blocks, and help release them. I also offer supervision for art therapists and others.

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to ourselves, others, and our surroundings in a warm, alert and focussed way. When we are mindful, we become aware of habitual, automatic ways of thinking, with their driven ‘doing’ quality, and move towards a richer, more open, and less judgemental experience of being in the present moment. We actively accept all our experience, including any painful or difficult aspects.

Over the past 40 years, mindfulness has been specifically taught to people with stress-based illness, and chronic pain and anxiety, and combined with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to people suffering depression. It has proved very useful in both reducing troublesome symptoms, and also, importantly, in helping people stay well.