Who We Are
Working as a registered art therapist since 1997, my continuing aim is to maintain a compassionate, safe and ethical practice with all my clients. The therapeutic relationship, image making, symbol and imagination are all significant components in this process. I am based in the Western Isles where I am currently developing an art therapy service for the communities of North and South Uist and Benbecula.
For over twenty years I specialised in working with psychological trauma both in the voluntary sector in Addictions, HIV/AIDS and with Asylum Seekers and in the statutory sector in a Specialist Child Sexual Abuse Team in CAMHS, NHS. Working often with people from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds, I have developed a particular interest in the trans-generational transmission of trauma, particularly in relation to attachment and loss; personal and cultural. My interest in how art therapy may bring about beneficial change in this field is on-going.
I draw on psychodynamic, particularly post-Jungian theory as well as attachment theory, neuroscience and philosophy. I have a strong interest in myth and dance and since 2006 have explored authentic movement, a form of dance movement therapy. I have integrated aspects of these into my art therapy practice.
As well as developing and delivering presentations and workshops in a number of settings including for the Jungian Seminars Edinburgh, I have worked as a visiting lecturer and clinical supervisor on the MSc in Art Psychotherapy (International) at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and on the MA in Art Psychotherapy at Sheffield / Leeds Beckett University. I have been involved in training medical students and other professionals including psychologists, mental health and social workers, teachers, police and panel members of the Children’s Hearings System Scotland on complex trauma, particularly child sexual exploitation and its impact.
I continue to develop and offer workshops and presentations and am a committee member and facilitator of the art studio on the Champernowne Trust Summer Course for Jungian Psychology and the Arts, founded by Irene Champernowne in 1970. Currently I am Child and Young Person Representative for the British association of Art Therapists (BAAT) Scotland.
MA Art Psychotherapy Research
PG Dip Art Therapy
MA Hons Fine Art
Foundation Dance Movement Therapy
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Accredited with the British Association Of Art Therapists (BAAT)
BAAT listed supervisor and private practitioner
BAAT Scotland Child and Young Person Representative