Pauline Forde

Hello, I am Pauline Forde an Art Psychotherapist, who works with children and adults, who have experienced trauma, loss, relationship, emotional and behavioural difficulties in their lives. 


I have an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from Aberystwyth University and a Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy from Derby University.


I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Post-Qualifying Advanced Certificate - Relational Couples Counselling and Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (EFT)


Over the thirteen years, I have worked in various NHS therapeutic settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Adult Mental Health, a Cancer Support Centre and my own Private Practice based in Llanidloes; Mid Wales.

In a previous life, I was a Registered General Nurse.

The theoretical model that I base my work upon is Attachment Theory. Clinical research informs us the quality of early bonding experiences during infancy and childhood, significantly impacts on our emotional, cognitive, physical, social and neurological development throughout the lifespan and is essential to our sense of well-being in later life.

One of the main facets of psychodynamic psychotherapy is exploring these early attachments and their importance in our mental health and our relationships as adults. This type of therapy gives people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood.


NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, the government’s health body that identifies good practice) recommends psychodynamic therapy for people experiencing depression alongside other complex illnesses.

The Health Care Professions Council of Great Britain


All practicing Art Psychotherapists and Art Therapists must be registered with the Health Care Professions Council (hcpc). The hcpc has been set up in the UK to help protect the general public when seeking advice and treatment from a health professional.

Pauline is Registered with the hcpc, a full member of the British Association of Art Therapy (BAAT) and a member of EMDR Association, UK & Ireland

Pauline is  a Private practitioner listed on the BAAT find a therapist -

I have enhanced DBS clearance and civil liability insurance for all private clinical work. These are required by law in order to be able to practice in the UK.

I abide by the code of conduct, and the principles of practice as set out by BAAT and HCPC.


Pauline attends regular supervision, peer groups, and workshops to keep up to date with current developments in both Art Therapy and EMDR.

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