Because we are all different and depending on what problem you are experiencing, I use a variety of psychodynamic therapeutic skills including, Talking therapy, Art therapy, Couple therapy, EMDR therapy, CBT and DDP techniques.
A wide range of people can benefit from these psychological treatments, but no one type of treatment works for everyone.
Different kinds of therapy work well for different people.
Psychotherapy can help us understand how we behave, what motivates us, and how past experiences can affect current behavior. By expressing whatever is uppermost in our mind, our experiences, our memories, dreams, feelings, thoughts, fears, and desires, within the safety of the therapeutic relationship, we can explore the relevance of life's experiences.
Therapy can help us manage and cope with difficult emotions, including anxiety, depression, and stress. Difficult experiences and mental health problems. Individuals who benefit from therapy include those who have felt depressed, anxious, overwhelmed or angry for a long time. Others may be trying to deal with adverse life events such as going through a divorce or feeling overwhelmed by an illness diagnosis that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Some may be grieving a family member's death or a few may have experienced trauma either recently of during their childhood.
The aim of therapy is to enable us to live a more fulfilling life and help us reach our full potential in the face of life's limitations.
Reasons to use Art as Therapy
Art has the potential to transform lives, research informs us that art improves not only our quality of life, but also is effective in reducing pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression, stress and increasing cognitive abilities and emotional well-being. When words are not enough, we use images and artwork to tell our stories. In telling our stories through art, we find pathways to wellness, recovery and transformation.
For further information on Art therapy, please follow the link for British Association for Art Therapy (BAAT) http://www.baat.org/
For an overview of Art Therapy Techniques and Outcomes please visit Art Therapy Has Many Faces by Judith Aron Rubinhttps://www.psychotherapy.net/video/art-therapy
Art Therapies have been included in NICE guidelines as a treatment to consider for children and young people with psychosis and schizophrenia. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG155
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) will pay for therapeutic services that are not currently provided by local authorities including Art therapy, for Adopted children living in England.http://www.adoptionsupportfund.co.uk/
Neuroscientist Dr Lukasz Konopka, who also featured in ‘Art for Heroes’, has worked extensively with Vietnam Veterans who have PTSD and has done scientific research into the effects of Art Therapy. http://www.combatstress.org.uk/media/78069/combats... .
For more information about EMDR http://www.emdrassociation.org.uk/home/about_EMDR_therapy.htm
For more information about the Impact of Trauma please click
EMDR is one of the treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Post-traumatic-stress-disorder/Pages/Treatment.aspx
EMDR is also increasingly used to help individuals with other issues and performance anxiety. EMDR has been found to be of benefit to children as well as adults. http://www.emdrassociation.org.uk/home/about_EMDR_therapy.htm
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR
Art therapy can be used to help children who are struggling to make full use of school life and academic learning. This might be for a wide range of reasons such as a recent bereavement; changes in family circumstances; witnessing difficult things; learning or physical difficulties, or problems with peer relationships.
When pupils are experiencing emotional difficulties, they find learning very hard.
Children who cannot understand or name their feelings are more likely to 'act them out,' so art therapy can provide relief to a child whose only previous option was to dissolve into tears or have an angry outburst in response to overwhelming feelings. Art materials enable children to externalize troubling or confusing emotions, giving them form and enabling them to make links between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, perhaps for the first time (Brady,2016).
Art psychotherapy / Art therapy is a mental health treatment that combines the therapeutic relationship with the creative process of art making. Art therapy usually involves some talking however it also relies on non-verbal communication.
This treatment can be beneficial for clients of all ages from an array of different backgrounds and experiences. 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 usually involves some talking however it also relies on non-verbal communication.
The creative process is an amazing way to communicate when words alone are not enough. By using art materials, we can express and release powerful feelings such as anger, frustration, anxiety and depression. These can be contained, transformed, or symbolically disposed of, through the artwork in a safe and non-destructive way.
Trauma -informed Art therapy is widely used in the treatment of unresolved trauma for children, teenagers and adults.
Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level. These memories can become trapped and stay stored as sensory memories which are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, and feelings. Art therapy provides sensory experiences which are predominantly activities that are visual, tactile, olfactory and auditory.
As traumatic memories are stored in subconscious parts of our brain they are not easily assessable to our cognitive brain. Individuals who have experiences of trauma are unable to form a coherent memory of the event, their story is either disjointed of snippets. Trauma-informed art therapy takes into consideration how the mind and body respond to traumatic events; recognises that symptoms are adaptive coping strategies rather than pathology; and helps individuals move from being "survivors" to being "thrives" (Malchoidi,2012a)
The process of art making transcends words and triggers different parts of the brain and the subconscious. Which helps reconnect sensory memories to gain a new depth of understanding. The resulting artwork enables the child/adult tell their story.
The therapy is used to improve an individual's capacity to self-regulate affect and moderate the body's reactions to traumatic experiences to set the stage for eventual trauma integration and recovery. Trauma-informed art therapy can also address and enhance attachment, particularly in children who have experienced multiple traumas and losses (Malchoidi, 2014). In work with either a child or an adult, the goal is to help the individual recover the "creative life" (Cattanach,2008) and to gain or regain a sense of well-being in oneself and in relationship to others. For more information about the Impact of Trauma please click
Sustaining a fulfilling and stable relationship is never easy, especially if one member of the couple has experiences of childhood trauma and now, as an adult continues to be affected by their experience.
I provide a form of couple therapy that is particularly effective in helping people address severe trauma within a relatively short period. During therapy, the client's partner supports them through their treatment sessions. This treatment can bring a clearer understanding of the effects of the trauma has upon their partner. The couple becomes able to manage the anxiety, and their relationship strengthens, becomes closer, stable and their individual sense of well-being is strengthened.
For more information about the Impact of Trauma please click
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychological therapy which is an extremely effective treatment for adults and children who have had traumatic experiences.
When we think about traumatic incidents, the obvious ones include life-threatening combat; crimes such as rape, kidnapping, and assault; natural disasters and a cancer diagnosis. The less obvious ones include the innocuous but upsetting experiences that daily life brings us. Examples would be ongoing emotional abuse or neglect, experiences of shame, humiliation, being left out, bullied or ridiculed and feeling not cared for(Shapiro, 1997).
The effects of trauma can be felt physically and/or psychologically. These symptoms include raw and intrusive thoughts, feelings, pictures, sounds, smells, tastes, and body sensations.
Exposure to traumatic events can become trapped within our memory network on a neurobiological level and are stored in subconscious parts of our brain. Trapped memories can stay stored as sensory memories, that are unavailable to our conscious mind. The memories are stored as sounds, tastes, smells, visual images, feelings and body sensations. EMDR therapy stimulates trapped information stored in the brain and starts unconscious information processing.Treatment involves alternating left-right stimulation of the brain with eye movements, tactile 'tapping' or sounds. Through treatment, traumatic events become less intense, less immediate, and more like ordinary memories. The traumatic memories are integrated and laid to rest with a sense of completion and control.
Children experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Children with social or communication difficulties.
Children who are Looked After Children.
Children who have suffered abuse, bullying or trauma.
Children who have witnessed domestic abuse or other traumatic incidents.
Children who are struggling with particular life events such as bereavement, parental separation, or illness.
Children who have experienced loss.
Children who are in danger of exclusion.
Children who have learning difficulties or physical difficulties
Children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Children and young people who may benifit from Art Therapy include;
Therapy is a time for you to express yourself either verbally or by using art materials, in a non-judgmental space about the things that matter to you.
No issues are too big or too small.
Art therapy for adults is particularly useful for individuals who feel distanced from their emotions and feelings. Some people find it difficult to articulate their painful experiences, without becoming overwhelmed emotionally and would, therefore, find it difficult to benefit from talking therapies.
Adults experiencing the following disorders or problems can benefit from treatment:
anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationship or family problems, learning disabilities, bereavement, eating disorders, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, terminal or chronic diseases, such as cancer and chronic pain, alcohol or drug addiction, trauma, including sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.
No technical skills are necessary and you do not have to be good at art
to benefit from art therapy.
Some people feel this form of psychotherapy as less intimidating than Talking Therapy.
Art Therapy is particularly useful for children and young people, as it works with their natural sense of creativity and playfulness.
Art for Wellbeing Workshops
We don't plan for illness, injuries or psychological difficulties. Often these experiences catch us by surprise and can dramatically change our lives. The emotional effects can affect every area of our life, including our relationships, our work, our spiritual beliefs and how we socialize with other people.
During these times many parts of life may feel out of control. Some individuals feel lonely and isolated from family and friends. For some of us, the emotional impact can be overwhelming.
Through the use of art materials within a safe environment, art therapy gives people the chance of coping with symptoms, emotions, stress, traumatic experiences, enhance cognitive abilities while relaxing and enjoying the life-affirming activity of making art. The workshop gives the freedom to express emotions with art materials that otherwise may be difficult to express.
Art for Wellbeing Workshops offers an abundant variety of art materials, a relaxed, safe atmosphere, a registered experienced Art psychotherapist's guidance and support, which combine to create a high-energy workshop. This is an opportunity for you to express yourself in a way that is creative, free and authentic.
It is also tremendous fun.
The Art foWell-being Workshops are offered for recovery, pleasure, diversion, achievement and ultimately an improved sense of well-being.
Details - Thursday mornings 10 am - 12 pm - Mid Wales Art Centre, Caersws with Pauline Forde.
Booking: Please call Pauline on 07531 713272 or email
2017 Dates - February 16th, 23rd, March, 9th, 23rd, 30th, April, 6th, 20th, and 27th April. (8 sessions)
There is a maximum of 10 people per session, so can you please book.
Cost - £15.00 per session.
Each week there is a different theme offered. Collectively the workshops are designed to explore and develop different aspects of your creative self.
Basic art materials are supplied and included in the cost. No experience required tuition regarding the use of art materials is gladly given.
Please remember to wear old clothes!