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Clare Turner

About me 

Thank you for clicking and taking the time to find out about what Art Therapy and I can offer. I appreciate that navigating though the current mental health services and organisations can be overwhelming, confusing and frustrating. Hopefully you will find some answers here and I am only to happy to talk further about appropriate choices for you.  

My name is Clare and I hold a Master’s degree in Art Psychotherapy (distinction) and a Bachelor’s degree (first-class honours) in Psychology. Both qualifications are accredited by BAAT and BPS. I am HCPC registered and regulated and am a full member of BAAT. My art therapy private practice is fully insured and I am committed to regular clinical supervision, continued professional development and further training. 

I work as an Art Psychotherapist across the age span, with children (age 8+), adolescents and adults, both individually and in groups. I have worked in a variety of settings such as schools and alternative learning provisions, hospitals and NHS social prescribing, and various organisations from the corporate and charitable sectors. 

I can offer long and short- term therapy, face-to-face (observing current government guidelines on appropriate social distancing and protective measures) or online.  I usually see clients one a week at a regular time, but I also have the capacity for flexibility to suit busy lifestyles. 

What is Art Therapy? 

Art Therapy is a process of exploring, expressing and making sense of difficult thoughts and feelings through creative processes. Sometimes finding the right words and having the courage to talk to others about problems or worries can be a challenge; therefore the use of ‘art media’ (images, objects, stories, poems and metaphor) can offer another, sometimes  less constrained, way to communicate. 

Art therapy is not an art lesson, recreational activity, or diagnostic tool; it is a form of psychotherapy which is researched, respected and regulated.  An individual doesn’t need any previous experience or art expertise, just a willingness to engage with art media at a pace and in a way that is comfortable for them. 

Images can either be created within the session or we can use ‘found’ images (for example a photograph) or ‘imagined’ images perhaps inspired by a poem or piece of music. It all depends on how you want to work; some clients never pick up a paintbrush at all during their therapy, while others make art every week. Typically in a session the therapist will sit with a client and explore an image or concept together, to help facilitate thinking about what that image might mean and how it relates to them. Using art media therapeutically can create a psychological space where individuals can work through difficult thoughts/feelings/situations and think about ways to cope or move forward. I have been told by clients that having a third thing in the room (the art media) can ‘take the pressure off’ and enable them to approach difficult subjects in a gentler way. 

Is art therapy right for me? 

You may know why you want to access therapy; you may have experienced difficult times, experiences or emotions that you are left struggling with. Alternatively you may not have a clear idea of why, but have a general sense of disconnection, frustration or unhappiness in your life with no immediate recognisable cause. You may equally just want to find out more about yourself, how you think, behave and interact with others. All of which can be given space to explore within art therapy. 

I recognise that we are all individual and unique, which is why I work in an inclusive and non-judgmental way. Our sessions and their content will be held in confidence and respect confidentiality, creating a ‘safe space’ that will respect your personal history and your relationship to it. The therapeutic relationship between client and therapist is a special one which I honour and respect through the development of trust and my compassionate and curious nature. 

I won’t tell you what to do and I don’t advise. I will help and support you in finding your own path and developing your own understandings. 

I offer an initial meeting of 50 minutes where we can meet each other, ask questions, and decide if we want to enter into some therapeutic work together. The cost of this meeting is £50.00. 

I tend to book sessions in 4 week blocks in advance and suggest a ‘two month review and continue if required’ plan. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and cost £50.00 each which includes the use of any art media/materials. I can offer a time-limited discount for those on benefits or a low income (proof of which is required). 

Availability – Sundays. I can also offer online work which has more flexibility.  

I have experience of working with a wide range of issues 

Addiction 

Anger

Anxiety and Fear 

Attachment issues 

Being cared for or a Carer

Behavioural problems 

Bullying 

Children’s & Young person’s counselling

Discrimination 

Divorce and Separation

Domestic Abuse 

Drug Abuse

Eating issues

Family relationship difficulties

Gambling issues 

Gender Dysphoria 

Health issues and Illness

Hoarding 

Life changes

Loss and Bereavement

Low mood or Depression

Loneliness

Mental Health issues

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Personal development

Phobias

Physical, Psychological & Sexual Abuse

Post Natal Depression or Infertility 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychological, Physical and Sexual abuse

Redundancy 

Self-Harm

Self-Esteem and Confidence

Sleep problems

Social Isolation 

Stress

Trauma 

Work-related problems

Current Availability

Sunday morning
Sunday afternoon