“You helped me because by
you understanding me, I started to
understand myself and my feelings.
I was then able to trust myself and do”

About me

I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist, HCPC registered, specialising in children and adolescents. I am also a qualified clinical supervisor accredited to Level 6 by CPCAB.
I am familiar with clinical governance and their updates, which is relevant to the mental health services I work in. I undertake regular CPD both within work and through clinical supervision, and I continue to make art.

I HAVE COMPLETED MY TRAINING AT GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, IN ART PSYCHOTHERAPY.
Also specialised in Visual Communication. 

Contact me to see how I might be able to help you – by email: guy@in-therapy.com or on tel: 020 76810028

Training & Experience

I provide individual art psychotherapy as well as evidence based interventions to young people and their families and carers, and consultation and training to colleagues. This also involves contact with outside agencies when appropriate and generating reports of treatment. As the clinical lead of the service, I conduct assessments, devising and implementing care plans, doing risk assessments and collect data to measure and evaluate the service. I also provide weekly clinical supervision to counsellors. I have worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents and their families and with adults both within education and in a range of community settings for over ten years.

As part of the mental health team within the NHS I provided therapy to individuals and groups in the community, which often involved working with the whole family system and their support structures. Through this experience I benefited enormously and recognised the importance of multi-disciplinary work, especially through my work with the family therapist. I used this experience of family work during my work within the orthodox Jewish community in London, where I offered mother & child therapy as well as family therapy to support and make the individual based work with young people more effective.

I come to the work with a rich cultural heritage. I value and identify the importance of difference within the profession and my client group and their families. I have worked in a range of communities and ethnicities in London and the UK using therapy to improve mental physical health. For example, my work with young cancer patients, children with long term physical illness and adults with learning difficulties. This experience has provided me with deep understanding of the links between mind and body and helped me develop strategies to support the occurrence of co-existing conditions these clients may live with. I particularly identify the key role art therapy can play for these clients.

Art Therapy

Art therapy can be described as a triangular relationship for its core participants – the therapist, the client and the art. One does not need to be good at art in order to engage in Art Therapy. The art in Art therapy functions as a tool through which the client – child, adolescent, adult or elderly – may choose to express themselves, alongside the spoken word or other forms. The relationship between words and images become an interplay within the therapy space and allow a deeper dialogue. Art Therapy can be suitable for clients with a range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These may include emotional, behavioural, physical, sociable, mental health problems and neurological conditions.

The safe space provided by the art therapist as he watches the client in the act of art making can invite the unconscious into the room, creating a unique setting. A specialised art psychotherapist works with images and words within a psychotherapy framework and is trained to unravel the unconscious thoughts, which would appear in different forms in the safe space and in the artwork. The client would be invited to share their thoughts, feelings and associations about their artwork and through this discussion and sharing the art therapist makes links between the conscious and unconscious and may offer some to the client.

Through this process a therapeutic relationship is formed and trust is established, which is key to enable a space for repair to unresolved areas in past or present relationships. This process is allowing the client to start a dialogue with parts of themselves, which may have not been conscious before, but now physically appear in the artwork and within the therapeutic relationship and are easier to relate to.

Example:
During a ‘mother and child’ piece of work to help them through their relationship and process of separation, the child insisted to add real sand onto the paper by the sea he had just painted. He then produced a 3D paper boat and expressed that he needed to make ‘something’ to hold the boat safe when at shore. The mother helped him with the words – ‘an anchor’. I chose to sit back, while the mother stepped in to help her child make a paper chain for the boat – the child made the smaller hoops and the mother the larger hoops – they attached one to the other, large hoop into small hoop, repairing bits and listening to one another as they went along, to form ‘an anchor for the boat’.

See image of artwork on the left. Consent to show the image has been given by both mother and child.

Personal Approach

I use a psychodynamic, non-directive, approach with strong emphasis on object relations and attachment theory. The therapeutic relationship is the core of the work for me as an art psychotherapist, and I follow my client and their needs. I will meet with parent and child separately as well as together.

I will invite the child to explore their difficulties at their own pace, whether verbally or through the art medium, in a nonjudgmental arena. The different parts of the psychological self will come to the surface through the art making process, the therapeutic relationship and the engagement with the space.

I will offer links to help the client piece together the different parts of self, which are being revealed, to form the full and dynamic image of self with a potential for its different parts to communicate and relate.

Psychotherapy

I offer psychotherapy to young people, their families and to adults – both to individuals and groups. I cover a range of issues such as anxiety, loss, trauma, depression, feeling different, separation anxiety, challenges in relationships, sense of identity, communication difficulties and cultural or social integration.

I work with adopted children and those in care, with young people who come to terms with diagnosis such as ASD & ADHD and with young people and adults with physical ill-health or physical limitations.

Supervision

As a certified clinical supervisor, I offer supervision to individuals and groups as well as to trainees using a range of models. I have worked with supervisees from different modalities and training paths, and I am able to adapt accordingly. I offer a creative space, where a range of issues can come up for discussion, which I encourage to explore – Difference, race, gender, power, sexuality, socio-economic background, ethnicity and ability amongst others. This enables us to work directly with underlining challenges, form a strong supervisory relationship and bring further efficacy to the therapy work with the client.

Contact

Professional qualifications, accreditations and memberships
Registered Art Psychotherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT)
Master of Art Psychotherapy (MA)
Certified Clinical Supervisor – Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (TCSU-L6)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (BFA)
Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) according to GDPR
Member of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Contact me to discuss how I might be able to help you.
I work in a secondary school in South London, and I also run my own
private practice in Kings Cross at London Art Therapy Centre.
www.arttherapycentre.com

Please contact me directly if you would like to make an appointment.

Email: Guy@in-therapy.com
Tel: 020 7681 0028