Sometimes, words are not enough. Music and the creative arts draw upon underused parts of the brain to enable us to explore the deepest feelings and to find their most unique, authentic meaningful expression. No artistic ability or experience is required to benefit from Creative Arts Therapy and every client is supported to find the right expression for the moment, whether this involves sand tray, drawing/painting, movement, musical listening etc
As a practitioner with over twenty years’ experience in the public sectors and private practice, I offer a bespoke, professional service for both children and adults. I have particular experience working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, loss or trauma, or difficult life transitions. With young people, I have particular experience working with those experiencing complex family issues, including adoption or fostering, as well as those with a wide variety of special needs.
At the heart of my approach, I offer a warm, supportive relationship, where you as the client feel heard and understood as we work collaboratively towards your preferred goals. I aim to maintain the highest standards and abide by the Health and Care's Professional Council’s standards of practice. I also undertake regular continuous professional development in order to keep my practice alive and ethically sound.
‘Ian’s half-hour session with Cathy is a place of sanctuary for him. A time of calm. He’s allowed to set the agenda, to choose the instruments, and Cathy carefully and tenderly accompanies him and supports him in what he chooses to do. Ian’s participation will depend on a variety of circumstances, but to see his smile and his obvious enjoyment is to confirm the huge value of this therapeutic intervention.’
Feedback from a carer of a resident in a home for adults with learning difficulties.
‘Music Therapy is such an important strand of Katie’s communication experience. I feel it’s helping her understand and unlock her world. Thank you!’ Special Needs Teacher’s feedback of her pupil's experience of music therapy.
‘James’s mood and behaviour have improved gradually over a number of weeks. James has learned to listen and communicate effectively without overpowering other members of the group’. Feedback from James’s ward manager following group music therapy at a medium secure hospital.