Irene Whitehead, MA
* I now offer online sessions. Contact me for full details.
Irene is a registered, insured and CRB checked Art Psychotherapist. She is currently engaged in Art Therapy work in mainstream primary schools, with individuals, groups, and parent and child therapy. Irene is also commissioned to work in a museum setting, involving hard-to-reach families and adult community health and wellbeing groups. She has worked in a diverse range of Art Therapy settings: in Adult Mental Health in the Community and NHS, CAMHS, in Private work and with Learning Disabilities in Education.
Irene’s therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and person centered with particular interests in attachment, loss, anxiety and trauma. Wherever she is working it is always with warmth and empathy, creating, a safe and nurturing environment that offers clients the support they need towards healing, change and growth.
Irene’s long involvement in Fine Art practice has meant she has also enjoyed working for many years, tutoring and facilitating creative workshops for children, young people and adults, in private, educational and community settings.
Irene has a BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture and an MA in Art Psychotherapy from the University
of Hertfordshire. She is registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and
the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). She is also a member of the BAAT ATE sig.
(Art Therapy in Education Special Interest Group) and MAG sig. (Museums and Galleries Special Interest Group).
Areas of Special Interest
• Selective Mutism
• Trauma and C.A.T.T. Therapy
• Loss & Bereavement
• Family Breakdown
• Domestic Violence
• Global Learning and Physical Disabilities
• Autistic Spectrum
• Children and Young People
• Family Work
• Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing in Community and Museum settings
• Private Practice
• An offer to clients of warm and unconditional regard that enables a feeling of emotional
support and safety
• Awareness and sensitivity towards gender and cultural issues
• Regard for safeguarding and confidentiality issues
• Ability to work with a variety of art therapy interventions; individual therapy, long or short
term therapy, open or closed groups or family work
• Ability to design and deliver art projects for community based schemes
• Communication skills and professional relationships within the context of multi-disciplinary
• Provide written reports and maintenance of clinical records
• Supervision; clinical and therapeutic support to trainees, staff and other professionals in the
context of the setting
• Ongoing commitment, research and continuous professional development in areas of clinical
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