My Story

I qualified as a Clinical Traumatologist from the Clinical Traumatology Institute in Toronto and am the Clinical Operations Manager for ACT International. I graduated with a Masters in Advanced Art Therapy Studies from the University of Hertfordshire and a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I am also a full (professional) member of the British Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA).

I have 20 years experience of providing individual therapy for children, teenagers and parental consultation with the following populations:

  • Online therapy sessions and consultation since 2018.

  • Traumatised children, young people and their families: (UK, Canada, Malaysia)

  • Cross cultural and ‘third culture’ children:  (UK, Canada, Malaysia)

  • International adoptees and their adoptive families: (UK & Malaysia)

 

  • Foster parent consultation: (UK)

  • Refugee children and families: (UK, Canada, Malaysia)

  • Sexual abuse survivors (children, adolescents and adults): (UK, Canada)

  • Children and young people with sensory processing difficulties: (UK, Canada)

  • Grenfell Tower survivors: (UK)

My Approach

Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique(C.A.T.T)

CATT is a child centered treatment for the symptoms of post traumatic stress which utilizes play/ art therapy techniques with evidence based trauma theory and children’s rights principles to suit children and young people of all ages and to assist them in the recovery of PTSD symptoms, flashbacks, nightmares and anxiety.

Art Psychotherapy

Art Psychotherapy is the the use of art media to express and communicate thoughts, feelings and experiences that an individual is not always able to verbally express. I found this approach particularly effective working with children who may not have the language to express their emotions, thoughts or experience

Sand Tray

Sand tray therapy is an expressive therapy approach where a child is able to create a microcosm of their world using miniature toys, figurines, buildings and sand within a safe environment.

I have found that it complements other therapeutic practices aiding in non-verbal expression and communication.

I provide very little direction, allowing the child to freely play and develop their own expression of a situation or experience. Through this process of independent play a powerful outlet is developed providing  an incredibly insightful window to the child’s experience.