I am an artist, art psychotherapist, university lecturer, writer and activist. My pronouns are she/her and I live and hold a therapy private practice in the Dalston / Islington area of London, working both in person and remotely. I have been a practicing art psychotherapists since 2005 and am founder and director of intersectional feminist art therapy charity, Outskirts.
In the past I have worked in women’s charities with survivors of domestic abuse and violence. In hostels with adults experiencing homelessness and with addiction issues. In therapeutic communities, in medium secure wards working with women with personality disorder diagnosis and in children’s charities where I also managed several therapeutic services within schools. I have experience of working with clients individually but also specialise in running large groups with women. I also offer individual and group clinical supervision and consultancy services for those interested in setting up small not for profits or charities with therapeutic and social change missions and values in mind and considering intersectional approaches to practice, organisational dynamics and policy building.
I also offer advisory services offering equality, diversity and inclusion support to organisations and teams and am currently EDI advisor for the International Journal of Arts Therapists (INSCAPE) and consult on EDI policy for the British Association of Art Therapists.
Since 2014 I have worked as a lecturer, reflective practice and training group facilitator and workshop facilitator on MA Art Psychotherapy and foundation trainings. My specialism when teaching is in practicing from psychodynamic foundations, integrating intersectional and feminist perspectives, exploring identity and difference and raising a consciousness in practitioners surrounding issues of normative power, privilege and prejudice in art therapy practice. I have lectured to national and international audiences on art psychotherapy and anti-oppressive practice. I also offer bespoke continual professional development trainings for therapy and teaching teams exploring issues of racism and equity.
I believe my art practice to be vital to my work as an art therapist as it informs my ongoing investigations of visual media in relation to social, political, cultural and personal dimensions, when working with marginalised people. I have a passion for art based research and the meeting of art and activism and in 2012 cofounded the arts organisation Sweet ‘Art that operates from intersectional feminist perspectives and gives voice to marginalised groups in the arts through the hosting art exhibitions projects and events.
I am a woman from the GRT (Gypsy Romani Traveller) community and prompted by personal experiences have developed an interest in privileging marginalised voices and challenging social disparities and power through art, activism and education. I also usually have great hair.