Highly Professional Art Psychotherapists in Gloucestershire.
Psychotherapy through Art is offered by The Owl Centre’s specialists
The Art Psychotherapists at The Owl Centre in Gloucestershire combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see. They also have links with the NHS to ensure a seamless continuity for clients who have received NHS assessments or therapy.
Sarah Shellard BA (Hons) Fine Art, MA Art Psychotherapy, HCPC & BAAT Registered
Sarah is a formally trained Art Psychotherapist, registered with the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She has a background in both art and mental health, and the crossover between the two. Sarah has a special interest in children with a traumatic past who have subsequently developed challenging behaviour.
With extensive experience working to support children and adolescents’ mental health, Sarah has worked with children with issues ranging from those that simply need help understanding their emotions to those with extreme mental health, behavioural, and emotional issues, with a variety of causes including attachment disorders, development disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, psychosis, and often as a part of a history of various types of abuse.
Sarah often works as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and believes that every child needs an individual approach. Being a naturally creative individual that thinks outside of the box, Sarah brings a unique approach to art psychotherapy sessions. Art Psychotherapy can be a powerful non-verbal way of expressing unconscious emotions, bringing them alive through art, allowing Sarah to help the child to understand these difficult feelings.
Joanne (Jo) Kelly, PhD, MMH (Art Therapy), PGCert HlthProm, BEd (Hons), Diploma in Counselling. HCPC & BAAT Fully Registered
Jo is a formally trained teacher, trainer, counsellor and art psychotherapist and has lived and worked all over the world. Her experience is across all age ranges and includes disability, however, her specialism is working with children and young people, especially those with complex and multiple issues. She has extensive experience supporting young people’s mental health, working as a student counsellor and art psychotherapist in schools in Australia. Jo’s PhD research was in the area of early intervention with art therapy and adolescents with symptoms of mental health problems. She has also extensive experience working with young people with complex and multiple issues, ranging from severe mental health diagnoses, behavioural, social and emotional issues. These causes may include attachment disorders, development disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, psychosis, and are often part of a history of trauma and abuse. She has worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team in schools, hospitals and in the community.
Jo is registered with the Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). As an educator, Jo’s framework is child centred, often working psycho-educationally and with every child needing an individualised approach. Jo believes that art therapy, as a non-verbal form of expression, uniquely enables children and young people to address difficult feelings and emotions in a non-threatening and affirming way. She is able to offer both individual and group work.
Jo is able to work in the following places, amongst others:
- Royal Wootton Bassett
Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.
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