BIOGRAPHY:Hello I’m Susan and I am a qualified Advanced Drawing and Talking Practitioner and teacher. With a Doctorate in Psychology, I’ve always had an ongoing interest in art, psychology and education, working for over forty years in the art trade and in education and mental health for over twenty.
In my career I have always strived to support children and adults to achieve their best and to build a better future for themselves and truly believe that Drawing and Talking is one way to achieve this. I work with people of all ages from primary and secondary children, young people in further and higher education to adults. The power of having a space to draw and talk freely is tremendous it allows us to process pain, trauma and unhappiness in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Whether we are struggling with stress, anxiety, bereavement, exhaustion or whether we just can’t see a way forward or are living with mental illness, we all need a time and space to ourselves, to step out of our daily life for a short time and Drawing and Talking therapy provides this.
Drawing can enable us to express and realise in visual form our worries and preoccupations which we may often not consciously be aware of, it is a safe way to express these feelings. The process of drawing and talking together with a practitioner who is receptive to the emotions being expressed activates a powerful healing mechanism within us.
By Drawing and Talking with an empathic practitioner who observes and listens, over time both children and adults can begin to create a story that helps to sort things out and to find a symbolic resolution that enables them to move forward. This process can give a real sense of control over events. Through drawing we can learn to master our stories and approach our lives with greater confidence in ourselves. When as adults or children we have been overwhelmed by events and had the feeling of powerlessness it is so important for us to reclaim a real sense of power in our lives. Through this therapeutic technique old memories can be stored away safely as past events and we can begin to move forward.