Counsellor Profile: Eleanor Betts

I am an Art Therapist and work primarily with young people aged 13-20 and adults who are accessing cancer care and their families.

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses creative ways to explore thoughts, feelings and experiences. Sometimes it is hard to find the words to express ourselves; perhaps our experiences and feelings are too difficult to talk about, or the words don’t seem like enough. Art making and the use of images can be a helpful way to express what may feel inexpressible.

Art making also has physical and psychological benefits. It can feel soothing, reduce anxiety and help develop a sense of well-being and self-esteem.

You don’t need to be ‘good at art’ or have any prior experience of art making. In sessions together you are supported in expressing thoughts and feelings using a range of art materials to help make sense of painful and difficult emotions in a reflective and non-judgmental way.

Experience

I have 12 years of experience working in a variety of settings including schools, mental health services, charities, hospitals, hospices and in the community. I have specific experience working with the following issues:

In children and young people’s mental health;

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • disordered eating
  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation
  • substance misuse
  • sexual exploitation and sexual violence
  • self-esteem
  • bullying
  • family breakdown
  • bereavement and loss

In physical illnesses;

  • oncology (children, young people and adults)
  • life limiting and terminal illness
  • end of life care
  • bereavement and loss

Qualifications

MA Art Psychotherpy
BA (Hons) Social Work

Availability

Monday and Wednesday