Lucy Parker is an Art psychotherapist specialising in working with children and young people whose approach is creative and psychodynamic, underpinned by early childhood and attachment theories. Lucy provides a safe and confidential space to explore difficult emotions and feelings. The use of art materials offers an alternative or additional way of expressing and sharing these feelings, either in combination with words or not.
Art (psycho) therapy is often the ‘natural’ choice for therapy with children but it can provide an equally powerful process of change for adults too. Anyone engaging in art therapy does not have to be ‘good at art’, nor is it an art lesson. The art material/expression provides an extension of the possibilities of communication rather than being an aim in itself.
For the past 15 years, Lucy has worked in the counselling sector. Her clinical experience has provided her with a diverse range of client groups and clinical settings, including NHS adult mental health and CAMHS, with a focus on providing emotional support to vulnerable young people in education. She is an experienced School Counsellor and as well as having a private practice, she also works in a secondary school. Her background includes working at Place 2be, Child in time and Kids Company as a school based counsellor and as a manager of therapeutic services in both primary and secondary schools. Specialising in working with adolescence, she understands the pressures and challenges young people can be faced with including Anxiety, Anger, Identity, bullying and low self-esteem but also trauma, bereavement and loss.
Lucy is working in private practice at The Awareness Centre in Clapham. She has a MA in Art Psychotherapy and is registered with the HCPC.