Samantha Jane Stubbs – Art Psychotherapist
Art Therapy service for children, eating disorders and palliative care.
I am keen to develop a practice that puts clients’ needs first. I believe this can be achieved in partnership with care providers and families. I work with a holistic approach, thinking about the body and mind connection as well as the environment the client is in and the dynamics at play there. I think there is space to have a somewhat spiritual practice – faith and/or hope held from any belief or religion – without losing the essence of psychotherapy and keeping in mind current research and facts, especially with regards to neuroscience and trauma, as well as holding in mind the client’s own story.
I have worked for over 15 years with children in the Looked After Children system or adopted. I have vast experience in working with different facets of trauma. My direct experience with children in offering them weekly therapy has given me a wealth of knowledge in this field.
I gained experience of working with Foster Carers in my last role which has given me a different perspective of the system as well as the opportunity to work with adults and deliver training and consultation. I now work regularly with Adoptive Parents when I offer Dyadic Art Therapy.
I am very excited to have recently created a peaceful therapy space with my colleague as part of the CAT Team (Creative Arts Therapies) within the Arts Barge. As an approved provider for Being Family – The Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium, we are delivering Art Therapy to children post adoption and supporting adoptive families. We are pleased to welcome children and adults there for Art Therapy. We also deliver a course for parents on Therapeutic Parenting from these premises.