This is me, Ceri.
Artist, teacher, art therapist, researcher and inveterate confronter of life puzzles. As a life long learner I am excited to begin new projects.
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PhD Queen's University Belfast
Member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) http://www.baat.org/
Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) http://www.hpc-uk.org/check/
Ceri has worked as an artist and art teacher for many years. She qualified in 2005 as an art therapist. Her initial therapeutic role involved working with learning disabled children.
Ceri’s MSc research was developed from working with adults struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
Her doctoral research, undertaken through Queen’s University Belfast, explored the role of the art materials in art therapy.
Art materials, used with intention, can stimulate awareness, when they take on a life, an agency, of their own, enabling the artist/maker to gain access to powerful creative energies that are vital components of human well-being. These energies are the building-blocks of interpersonal relationship. Recent advances in neuroscience have begun to open-up new ways to understand the healing potential of creative processes like art, writing, dance and poetry.
Ceri’s most recent clients are adults working in the intensely demanding area of health and social care. Emotions are contagious and therapists, doctors, life coaches and teachers often find themselves walking a fine line attempting to balance their own emotional needs with those of their clients. Creativity, however, is also contagious and can, especially within the protective yet inspiring experiences of art therapy, provide an accessible, safe and anxiety-free means to manage burnout and stress in a manner beyond the capacity and professional confines of clinical supervision.
Self-care is crucial for seasoned clinicians as well as trainees and, more often than those who care for others would like to admit, those in caring roles consistently require the nurture, healing and gentle help they give to others to halt overwhelm and burnout.