I trained as Integrative Arts Psychotherapist at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London and I hold MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (2015), and an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (2012).
I have experience of working therapeutically in the NHS mental health services (acute mental health at CNWL NHS trust, older people community service at BEH MH NHS trust) and in the community based counselling services.
I currently work in a specialised trauma service for survivors of sexual abuse in north London, in NHS and in private practice in south London.
I am Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Arts Psychotherapist and a registered accredited member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am also trained CATT level 2 practitioner - this is a short post traumatic stress focused treatment for single event trauma.
I speak English and Czech/Slovakian.
I originally studied Ethnology and History of Art and before I trained as psychotherapist I have worked for many years in different charities in the museum/gallery/heritage sector organising creative engagement and learning programmes for community groups. I love connecting people with the arts and working with people of diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
my training and approach
My approach tends to develop around the client and his/her specific needs. Each person is different and deserves to be fully met and respected in their diversity. I always try to create a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment where the client feels listened to and able to bring whatever she/he wishes to address. Together we find a way how to best work in the therapeutic partnership.
I value the different ways people experience the world (visual, kinesthetic and auditory), and integrate the use of creative media into my practice. I believe that using the arts alongside talking therapy can reveal a shortcut to the inner world and give the unspoken a voice.
I often invite clients to use different art media - drawing/painting/mixed media, sand tray, postcards, clay, movement, and sound. This is always an open invitation, not a requirement and no previous experience of the arts is necessary just curiosity to experiment and discover new layers of oneself.
I strongly believe in the client’s ownership of the therapy. I believe the client has the answers to her/his questions and problems and I provide a facilitative environment and a reflective space so he/she can discover them more easily. Creating a trusting and supportive relationship is the key to this process to take place.
I particularly find attachment theory informative for the way I work with its emphasis on providing a containing relational experience in therapy from which it is possible to reflect on the past and present relationship patterns. I also find resonance with the Gestalt psychotherapy approach emphasizing the continuous creative process in therapy and the importance of dialogue in the 'here and now'.
confidentiality & data protection
All my work is strictly confidential and private and follows the ethical guidelines provided by HCPC and BACP.
I will not share any information from the sessions with your employer or family. Initial inquiries are also treated as fully confidential.
I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and I abide by the General Data Protection Regulation.
I have a Privacy Statement which informs you about what personal data I collect and how I process it securely and according to your rights.