Psychotherapy, Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Parent Infant Psychotherapy and Ecotherapy
What can Psychotherapy Offer?
Emotions, relationships and the impact of what has happened in the past may seem confusing and overwhelming at times. Psychotherapy can offer a place to explore emotions and experiences, and gain a greater awareness and understanding of oneself and relationships with others.
Psychotherapy offers a safe place to learn about our experience of ourselves. In our growth towards wholeness we may find meaning and understanding in our existence.
“Knowledge of one’s own deep nature is also simultaneously knowledge of human nature in general” Maslow, 1971
Why use the Arts?
Using various art forms such as painting, poetry, puppetry, music, clay and movement, may provide further dimensions to the possibilities of psychotherapy. An image may communicate many different meanings, perceptions and feelings at once. Creativity may be a powerful means of understanding and giving meaning to our experience. Thus we may deepen awareness and choice in our lives.
“It seems likely that when we create something ourselves … we are attempting to reorganise our own inner experience” Storr, 1972.
No experience of using the Arts is necessary.
Helen has been developing simple ways of providing therapeutic experiences outdoors to people looking for psychological, emotional or spiritual support. This work brings together her practice as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. Artist, Movement practitioner and Nature lover. She has trained in Ecotherapy and offers therapeutic work in an environmental context.
This approach combines the innate healing power of nature with humanistic relational work, embodied presence, personal reflection and creative processes, and is based on many years of research, experience and professional practice.
The outdoors offers a gentle, supportive and stimulating therapeutic environment. Ecotherapy can offer access to a diverse range of people and provides therapy that feels more informal, relaxed and engaging than working in a conventional clinical setting.
What is Ecotherapy
Ecotherapy is the term for a wide range of treatment programmes which aim to improve your mental and physical wellbeing through doing outdoor activities in nature. Connecting with nature in this way can have lots of positive health benefits.
Ecotherapy brings together ‘ecology’ and ‘therapy’. Ecology is about relationships – how living things relate to each other and to their environment. Therapy is about healing by bringing to mind aspects of our being that are often outside our awareness.
Since being outdoors opens the possibility of experiencing oneself in a much wider context, Ecotherapy offers a valuable healing experience. It helps us heal our relationships with ourselves and discover the unique experience of what it is to be ‘me’. It also heals our relationships with each other and with our environment. The process might involve being outdoors, sitting, walking or moving in simple ways in direct relationship with nature, speaking and silence, the sounds of nature, exploring the elements, or collecting natural materials to create simple forms – environmental arts therapy.
What you can expect
Helen offers an initial consultation at the Wellbeing Clinic to explore what it is you are looking for and concrete with you a simple program for how you might proceed with her accompaniment in a safe and supported way. There are many outdoor places in Oxford that might be agreed upon as a place for the outdoor work. Sessions are for 50 minutes, and the fee is £45.
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy UKCP Reg
Helen works with individuals in an integrative way, drawing on a range of theories, such as Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Jungian Psychology and Object Relations Theory. She works on the relationship with art image and metaphor. Helen has experience of working with individuals experiencing conflicts, addiction, confusion and loss and yearning.
Helen has 15 years experience of offering Integrative Psychotherapy using the Arts, having gained the diploma and MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). She is UKCP registered and has associate membership of UKAHPP. She has also completed the training in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the School of Infant Mental Health in London.
In her work offering Parent and Infant Psychotherapy Helen can work with any issues individuals or couples may be having with fertility, IVF, pregnancy, post natal issues, miscarriage, premature birth and relationships with their infants and young children.
Helen offers Creative Arts Groups and has worked in mental health settings, care homes, hospitals, children centres and other community settings, using movement, clay, visual arts, photography and sound. She is committed to supporting mindful, embodied and connected living.
Session & Fees
Sessions are weekly and last 50 minutes and cost £40 (concessions negotiable).
Please contact the clinic to make an appointment
Tel: 01865 751111