Abby will often support clients to use the arts and other creative approaches to explore their thoughts and feelings. She recently completed an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Use of the Arts at the Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), London. The course teaches an integrative approach (drawing particularly on Gestalt therapy, Attachment and Transactional Analysis models of psychotherapy) to using arts media in therapy, including poetry, clay, music, movement, drama, body work, puppets and sand tray as well as visual arts (painting, drawing etc.).
As well as working as an associate therapist at Beacon House, Abby continues to work in the NHS and is also a specialist member of the Parole Board for England and Wales. Abby has also worked as a social researcher and has skills in service evaluation. As such, she has an interest in, and commitment to, evidence-based practise. However, she also understands that people don’t fit into neat boxes and treatment needs to be flexible. Abby believes that people are unique and creative in how they experience – and adapt to cope with – life’s problems, in order to survive and thrive as best they can. As well as the approaches already mentioned, Abby’s work is informed by her knowledge of schema therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Abby knows that what works for one person, may not work for another and she will take time to explore your needs with you. She is warm, collaborative and brings an integrative and thoughtful approach to therapy drawing on all of her knowledge and experiences.