COUNSELLING & THERAPY
Art psychotherapy is a UK registered psychological therapy using art materials and processes to manage, contain and process difficult thoughts, feelings or experiences. You can talk about your concerns and we reflect on your personal journey and how this is expressed and re-framed through the art making experience. It is not necessary to be able to draw or to be 'good at art'; art therapy may be group, classroom based or individual, 1-2-1 therapy. Contact me if you'd like to know more.
I work with children, adolescents and adults with a range of concerns such as
Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, anxiety, depression and stress.
I take a person-centred approach, collaborating with clients and sponsors to help them move towards personal integration and support increased self-understanding, self-awareness and self-acceptance. This is always part of a longer client journey, which neither begins or ends with seeing a therapist, but this is a significant step along the way.
I believe that all behaviour is a form of communication and that difficult classroom behaviours must be understood in the context of a student's life experience and understanding of self and others.
I also believe that everyone is creative and has the capacity to grow, learn and move towards a positive understanding of self and others; we can all benefit from the therapeutic support of someone outside our general circle to help us reflect and grow positively from the challenges life may bring.
What clients are saying...
"Therapy has made such a difference for me; I had real trouble sleeping before I saw David. It's great value for money."
"I like art therapy... I don't feel angry any more, I tell my teacher if I'm upset now. Before art therapy I just used to run out of the classroom."
"My student always returns to the classroom much calmer after seeing David. He seems better able to concentrate through the rest of the day."
"Following several weeks of therapy with David, there had been a marked response in my client's behaviour. He was able to stop and think about his actions and contain and manage them in a much more positive way."
"Art therapy is like putting my brain down on paper; it helps me to understand myself better."
If you need urgent / immediate help, UK only: please call 999, attend A&E, contact your GP, or ring The Samaritans: 116 123.
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