More about Elaine
Whatever is bringing you to therapy, I understand that it can feel really daunting to think about approaching a therapist. Maybe you have a specific goal or want to rebalance your life and focus on yourself and your own wellbeing. Perhaps you are struggling with depression or anxiety, whatever the reason my aim is to work alongside you in a nonjudgmental and empathic space.
Working within an integrative framework, I draw together a number of different therapeutic approaches such as psychodynamic and humanistic theories underpinned by neuroscience, attachment, mentalization, trauma-informed therapies and mindfulness. This integrative approach enables me to be flexible and tailor the therapy to your individual needs. I am qualified in both talking and art therapy which gives us scope to work in both modalities together.
I believe firmly in the healing power of the arts. The creative process can be helpful to convey the felt sense of experience, especially when it is hard to find the words to express what is being felt. In my experience the arts can provide a source of support in the process of exploring and expressing emotions and deepening self awareness.
(No prior experience or artistic skill is necessary for art therapy.)
Currently, I work in the NHS and run a private psychotherapy practice whilst continuing to work as a fine artist. I have a life long passion for working with people stemming from my early teens when I began to volunteer in the community.
In my working life in healthcare I have lived and worked in places such as South East Asia and the Middle East. Through my work in the NHS, NGOs and charities, I have helped clients suffering from a range of issues such as addictions, depression, anxiety, PTSD, childhood trauma, and personality disorders; as well as those recovering from physical illness, domestic and sexual abuse, and those who have faced challenging transitions in their lives.
In recent years I have also worked in various settings such as with street children and marginalised adolescents in Kenya and in the UK, with a homeless charity and with two other charities supporting families through pregnancy and beyond.
One of my passions is helping people who may be struggling with parenting and perhaps have the feeling that they want to break free from their past to give their child the best start in life.
In the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017, I instigated and set up an art therapy service working with people in the community directly affected by the fire. In 2018 this service was amalgamated into the NHS Grenfell Service where I continue to work as a senior clinician and art therapist.
MA BSc Hons., PG Dip., Adv. Dip.
UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist
HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist
BAAT registered Art Therapist
Elaine offers video calls via Zoom
. Sessions will begin by phone, and you will then be offered the choice to switch to a video call.
Kew, South West London