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Art psychotherapist in Hertfordshire, help with childrenHighly Professional Art Psychotherapists in Hertfordshire.

Psychotherapy through Art is offered by The Owl Centre’s specialists

The Art Psychotherapists at The Owl Centre in Hertfordshire 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.


April Manfield BA (Hons), Fine Art (University of Portsmouth), MA Art Therapy (University of Hertfordshire), HCPC Registered Art Therapist.

April Manfield BA (Hons), Fine Art (University of Portsmouth), MA Art Therapy (University of Hertfordshire), HCPC Registered Art Therapist.

April is a recently qualified Art Therapist registered with the Health Care Professionals Council. She has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of learning disabilities and emotional needs. April has previously worked in mainstream schools and within an NHS setting.

April takes a warm, non-judgemental approach to therapy that puts each individual child’s needs at the forefront. She believes that art therapy is a non-verbal form of expression that enables children to address difficult feelings and emotions.

April is used to working as part of a multi disciplinary team and communicates well with teachers, parents and other professionals. She has worked with children and adults with Down syndrome, Autism, behavioral issues, loss, trauma and physical impairment.

The main areas April can travel to in order to provide therapy include:

  • Barnet
  • Borehamwood
  • Edgware
  • Harrow
  • Hatfield
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Radlett
  • Rickmansworth
  • St Albans
  • Watford
  • Welwyn Garden City



Alison McWhinnie BA (Hons), MA.

Alison McWhinnie BA (Hons), MA.

Full name: Alison McWhinnie

Known as: Alison

Type of therapist: Art Psychotherapist.

Qualifications: BA Hons, MA.

Year of qualifying: 2019


  • Art Psychotherapist to children, adults and families
  • Uses art material and play skills to engage and work with clients
  • Confident in working within community settings, such as schools and home
  • Experience of working with clients with learning difficulties
  • Working with children who have experienced trauma
  • Familiar with adjustment work
  • Strong multidisciplinary team experience
  • Ability to work with young and old from diverse backgrounds
  • Explorative, reflective style that draws from a range of psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Enjoys family/systemic work and liaison or consultation with staff and carers

Interesting fact:

  • My favourite colour is turquoise
  • One of my favourite films is The Jungle Book
  • I swam a mile across Lake Windermere
  • I love ice-cream and my favourite flavour is salted-caramel
  • I don’t like wearing socks unless I have to



Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.


Please click here to find more information about the private Psychotherapy through Art services provided by our Art Psychotherapists in Hertfordshire.


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