Integrative Arts Psychotherapist
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Adult)
Hello. My name is Dawn and my pronouns are she/her. I am an Arts Psychotherapist based in West & Southwest London and offer Arts Psychotherapy to adults. I was drawn to Arts Psychotherapy as I’ve always felt very comfortable using the arts and exploring myself in a creative way. When words failed, the arts came through in expected and unexpected ways and supported me on my own personal journey. To this day, the arts support me in my well-being. If this is your first time or hundredth time in therapy, no matter where you are in life, I will provide a comfortable, honest, and safe space that works for you. My face to face sessions are in Kensington (SW5 0RR), Clapham North (SW4 7NQ) & Chiswick (W4 5UL) Rooms for Therapists locations. https://dawnlucas-artpsychotherapy.com/
I favour an integrative and humanistic approach and have an authentic, playful, empathic and non-judgmental style. Together we can create a safe therapeutic environment where you can be your authentic self and feel seen and heard. I hope this can provide the opportunity to explore your feelings, behaviours, identity and beliefs and how you see yourself in the world. In sessions we can create a therapeutic safe place where you can understand yourself better, develop confidence, face your fears by learning how to reduce feelings of anxiety, distress or anger and gain additional support to get you through difficult periods in your life. Whatever is needed, I will accompany you on your personal therapy journey and support you to reach your individual goals. The arts are an alternative approach to traditional talking. It can provide a deeper insight when it is hard to find the words for your experiences and feelings. In sessions, I would encourage you to explore this in a creative way through the seven art forms: Art, Drama/Puppetry, Sculpture/Clay, Poetry, Sand-play, Music and Bodywork/Movement. You do not need to have any experience with the arts and I encourage you to be curious and experiment with art mediums that you are drawn to. If you find using the arts difficult, metaphors can be a beautiful way of communicating your inner world and can be expanded further with during sessions. We can gain creative inspiration and find meaning from everywhere e.g., people, nature, exhibitions, films, songs, dreams, short stories, gaming, and anime to name a few! I will encourage you to share your interests and passions via metaphors as a gentle way to introduce the arts and discover your most comfortable way of communicating.
As an Arts Psychotherapist, I am very committed to working inclusively and have worked with many cultures, genders, sexual orientations, and ages. I have worked in various NHS mental health settings (CPTSD & Forensic Recovery and Rehabilitation services) working with complex trauma with various mental health diagnoses and conditions in a trauma-informed way. I currently work for the Charity MIND (Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing & Hounslow) managing an empowered community forensic women's hub, working with women 18+ leaving forensic mental health services who are transitioning back into the community. I have also provided Arts Psychotherapy in local communities across London working with marginalised individuals with diverse life experiences and relationships and offering interventions that are person - centred to each individual. I am committed in providing affirmative therapy for LGBTQIA+ individuals & I am a Sex Worker friendly therapist (approved by the European Sex Worker Alliance - ESWA).
- Art Therapy / Psychotherapy
- Expressive Art Therapy
- Person Centered Therapy
- Sand Tray