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.