Eve is an Art Psychotherapist and recently joined the team, bringing with her a splash of colour for our treatment programmes.
Read on to hear more about her role and how she supports people in recovery from eating disorders.
How long have you been a clinician for and what were you doing before Orri?
I’ve been a qualified Art Psychotherapist for two years. Before Orri, I worked in the community, supporting individuals depending on domiciliary care services in rural areas as an Art Psychotherapist. Working directly in people’s homes provides such a different and personal approach to art psychotherapy.
I have also worked in residential care supporting looked after children as an Art Psychotherapist and currently I work part time alongside my work at Orri with children and young people who are pre-bereft or bereaved at Harlington Hospice. I belong to a wonderful team of Art Psychotherapists who are all so inspiring!
Can you tell us about the type of therapy/discipline that you practice?
My work is informed by a psychodynamic framework, which is the study of the psychological forces that underlie human behaviour. This thinks about your unconscious and conscious feelings, how these might relate to your early life experiences and how these inform the here and now. Coming to therapy allows us to develop new awareness and helpful insights in a reflective way.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
It is such a privilege to enter into therapeutic relationships, building trust and really being part of someone’s journey, at whichever stage they are at.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your role?
Art Psychotherapists often exist secularly in organisations which can sometimes present challenges when not everyone around you knows about art psychotherapy and how it works. You really have to stand up and advocate strongly for the different and unique approach that this discipline uses to support individuals to access the parts of themselves which are accessible through words.
What do you wish people knew about art therapy?
You don’t have to be good at art to engage in art therapy, but open minded to the possibility of art helping to find expression for what cannot be said in words.
What do you feel is most unique about Orri?
The staff team are incredibly compassionate and knowledgeable, they are entirely committed to supporting individuals and their fellow staff peers. As a newbie, I feel already so at home and inspired by such an incredible team.
Outside of work, what do you do for your own mental wellbeing?
I love a good walk, running, and swim – especially in the sea, lido’s or Hampstead ponds! I am an avid bargain hunter and love charity shops and markets. I am also a bit of crafter/ creator and always seem to have a project on the go, making little illustrations for poems I write about mental health and wellbeing for children, and creating pom-poms for outrageous looking cushions.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift… that’s why they call it present” ― Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda
Do you have a mental health hero?
Why are you working in mental health/therapy?
I am working in mental health because I recognise how isolating it can be to struggle with mental health issues alone and believe treatment should be inclusive and accessible to all.
If you had one piece of advice for a therapy-seeker, what would it be?
You are enough, and it’s so wonderfully brave to enter into therapy.
By making a choice to enter into therapy, you are essentially saying, yes I am worthy of a space to be me and I deserve to be seen and heard and to find new ways of nurturing and understanding myself better.