Positive growth and transformation through creative therapy

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Nikki McAuslanEdit Entry

I initially started training as a counsellor in 1996 before undertaking my Degree in Psychology and my Masters in Psychotherapy. I’ve been working with children, young people, adults and families since 2000 and find it a wonderful, rewarding (sometimes sad) experience. People often come to me in pain or have had a hard time that they want to make sense of and it’s such a privilege to be alongside them as they work through their difficulties and get to a happier place in their lives.

I am an Integrative Therapist, which means that I have been trained in lots of different forms of therapy and seek to use the right methods and techniques to match the Individual client – no one size of therapy fits all! Some of the methods involve creative things like play, drama and art, and some are talking methods: focusing on events, feelings, thinking patterns or behaviours.

I have worked in many, many schools and with lots of different clients in private practice, social services, CAMHs commissions, even on a farm, which was amazing! I am also a supervisor to other therapists both within Butterfly and privately.

Outside of my time with my clients I like to mooch around the woods with my three children, and I like to sing (loudly and terribly) to The Beatles in my car.

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Tim SmithEdit Entry

I have been a counsellor for Butterfly for four years and have worked at Kinergy for six years where I am a volunteer counsellor, a facilitator for the men’s therapy group and am on the management committee. I am a qualified early years teacher and have extensive experience working with young people with social, behavioural and emotional difficulties in residential and day settings. I have been deputy head in two residential special schools and managed a Steiner residential home for adults with learning disabilities.

I currently work as a counsellor for Butterfly in Bristol and do some private client work. I work with a wide age range of young people - from nursery to college age, requiring different approaches: with the younger pupils this is through play, using puppets, Lego, games and a wide variety of art and craft materials. With older pupils in therapy it is not always necessary to use another medium such as play or art, but at times it can help them to engage in the work and form a therapeutic relationship. A lot of the work with secondary age and above pupils is much more like 1:1 counselling with adults: young people often come with some understanding of the difficulties they are facing and have made a choice to work on some of those problems.

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Kate HavordEdit Entry

Kate is an experienced enthusiastic Art Psychotherapist. She has worked extensively with children, many of whom have experienced severe trauma and emotional deprivation. Her area of expertise is attachment and she is recognised as a specialist in Creative Attachment therapy, particularly in the area of adoption and fostering which she has been involved with for over 14 years. She also runs workshops for adults combining guided visualisation and art making.

Her playful warm approach combined with clear boundaries and creative ways of adapting to the needs of each child, ensures that she is able to provide the best possible therapeutic environment for the children she works with. Kate works with children and parents and children individually and uses a variety of different art mediums as well as integrating sand play and drama wherever necessary.

Kate has a unique intuitive approach that is fuelled by her passionate belief in the power of creativity and self-expression to heal and empower. So far she has managed to live out two of her three childhood ambitions (created at the age of 7!)


  • To ride behind the ears of an elephant through the jungle in Thailand
  • To gallop a horse along a beach Australia
  • The final one is to swim with dolphins so we shall see.........

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    Donal CarmodyEdit Entry

    I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor. I am registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I use a Relational Approach as I believe that our relationships are important in the development of self, especially those relationships we form in early childhood. Counselling can be that space where concerns, difficulties and fears, can be explored and shared. An opportunity to unpick, uncover and repair issues/concerns. I choose to work in a creative way with young people as I feel it builds trust and allows a space for support and healing. Even as adults sometimes it is hard to find the words to describe e.g distress/concerns/pain/sadness/loss and as child it may be the same.

    I am originally from Ireland and I have been living here in the UK for the last 10 years. I have travelled a lot in past and lived in different cultures, which has given me a huge perspective on life. I come from an arts background where I studied graphic design and illustration. This creative edge sometimes supports me in the counselling room where clients might not be able to describe traumas/distress/anxieties into words.

    I work in two primary schools based in Bristol, alongside this work I am in private practice working with adults and children.

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    Lily BoonEdit Entry

    I am an Art Therapist working with children and teenagers within primary and secondary school education who experience emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. The children I see have a range of difficulties including difficulties connected to bereavement, bullying, low self-esteem, neglect, self-harm, family breakdowns, attachment disorders, historical abuse, and anxiety issues. I provide a broad range of play and art materials such as paint, clay, chalks, pens, craft materials, puppets and toys, which help to engage the children/teenagers in the therapeutic process and act as tools for connection, expression, and reflection.

    My approach is integrative and tailored to the needs of the individual or group, it is informed by current research into child development and attachment theory, Jungian and post Jungian psychology, and into the treatment of the effects of trauma and emotional dis-regulation.

    In my spare time I love to make things out of clay and I occasionally throw pots (on the potters’ wheel not on the floor...mostly!). I also love to garden and I recently made moss grow in the shape of big letters on a wall (eco-graffiti!) as a part of raising awareness for Bristol becoming Europe’s environmental capital!

    Health Care Professions Council, MA Art Psychotherapy at Roehampton University, BA Creative Expressive Therapies at Derby University.

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    Sean DennedyEdit Entry

    I am an experienced psychotherapist. I am currently a Butterfly specialist boys counsellor within Secondary schools. I have an Advanced Certificate in Counselling and also a Professional Diploma in Counselling. Over the last 10 years I have worked in the homeless sector and several Residential Rehabilitation Centres throughout Bristol and North Somerset. Experienced in Group Therapy and 1-1 Counselling.

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    Suzy RolfEdit Entry

    I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor who works in an integrative way drawing on person centred, psychodynamic and gestalt approaches.

    When I work with children, young people and those who have additional needs, I use a creative style. This allows a person to explore their feelings in a less overwhelming way as they may not be able to put words to what they might be experiencing.

    I enjoy trying new challenges and my latest one is stand up paddle boarding. Being on the river means that you get to see Somerset from a different perspective!

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    Gerry LeeEdit Entry

    My name is Gerry and I am an Irish art therapist working in Bristol with children and adults. I incorporate elements of play and creativity into my practice.

    I come from a fine arts background and also have a Masters in Art therapy and am happiest when drawing or in the sea.

    I am an avid traveller and love to experience different cultures, habitats and natural surroundings. I like to observe nature and behaviours in all forms and collect treasures in the form of bones, shells and feathers.

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    Nina BeckEdit Entry

    I am a trainee therapist in the final year of my diploma. I work from a person centred approach which means I believe that my clients are the experts on their experience and have the power within themselves to change and resolve their difficulties with support. My main aim as a person-centred therapist is to build a trusting and safe relationship. A relationship that is free of judgement so that my clients can feel safe and empowered to be open enough to explore themselves and what they are feeling and to bring about positive change.

    I value creativity in the therapeutic process and enjoy using art, play and other creative exercises to help clients explore and express their emotions as well as talking. I am a keen creative myself and use art and music to help me with my own emotional well being and growth. I have been a Scout leader for just over 9 years and in that time I have developed a passion for supporting young people to overcome barriers and fulfil their potential. There is nothing that gives me greater satisfaction than seeing positive change in someone.

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