Margaret Ross , Psychotherapist
Diploma in Counselling, Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) , accredited by the University of East London
Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy (Distinction) , Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE), accredited by the University of East London
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and Integrative Arts Therapist with over 10 years experience of working both privately and within a multi-disciplinary team in the NHS.
I have knowledge and experience of working therapeutically with adults on the Autism Spectrum. I understand the particular challenges that may affect people with or without an official diagnosis.
My approach is person centred and geared to each individual client’s specific needs and difficulties. However, I am informed by both psychodynamic and CBT approaches, particularly by my training in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which modified can be extremely helpful for clients on the Autism Spectrum.
I believe that the aim of therapy is to help the person involved move towards a more manageable relationship with their particular situation, which will be different for each individual. The therapeutic relationship offers a safe and confidential space to both explore and assist the person in thinking about their feelings and difficulties in a way that facilitates a positive outcome and a reduction in adverse symptoms and unhelpful patterns of behaviour.
I am also able to offer Art Therapy which combines talking with the possibility of using art materials. Creativity and Psychotherapy are inter-connected at a fundamental level, however the client does not need to have any previous experience or aptitude. The act of making images and objects can also help to reveal aspects of a person’s experience in the world that may be less accessible through words alone.
My particular areas of interest and experience are: