Counsellor, Art Psychotherapist & PhD Researcher #Actuallyautistic
I am a reliable and experienced Counsellor and a HCPC registered art psychotherapist with experience in working with both adults & children.
Recognised Health Care Provider for AVIVA, Athena Global, Cigna and Vitality.
Hello, my name is Claire, this may be your first time seeking help or part of your ongoing personal development, well done for making it this far, it's a massive first step to recovery.
Since 2016 I have been working with clients at risk of suicide and self-harm before opening up in private practice in February 2019. I work with both adults and children using creative means or talking therapies.
I have worked in both primary and post-primary schools and I currently work as a children's therapist in South Belfast in an outreach capacity with LORAG.
At the moment I am in a full-time interdisciplinary PhD research study exploring Culture and identity using murals as the lens. Interested in Community art therapy, participation and it's part in building local resilience.
Contact me today to see how I may be able to help you.
A Creative Approach
Embrace your inner creativity
As a Counsellor and Art Therapist, I can, if required use art as an alternative means of communication. As an autistic adult I understand how hard it can be to verbalise feelings, at times painful thoughts and feelings can be communicated through art. This can help you to understand your feelings and behaviours and help you manage your emotions.
Work can be directive or non-directive and can support those suffering issues like anxiety, anger, loss, behavioural difficulty and bullying.
What is art therapy?
How do you know if it is right for you?
It is not about producing a 'perfect image'. You do not have to be good at art, just be open to using the materials to express yourself. The goal is to help you change and grow in a safe space.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients' needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.