About Me

My name is Tyna, I provide a private Art Therapy Service for young people and adults who have a range of emotional and behaviour needs.

I am an experienced, thoughtful, reliable, open and approachable Art Therapist based in Bristol. I am registered with the Health and care professions council (HCPC), as well as being a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). I abide by these organisations' codes of professional and ethical conduct and I am fully insured and hold a DBS certificate.

About me as a therapist

As a therapist I offer my clients a non judgemental space that can help to creatively explore and talk about life events past or present. Through building meaningful relationships with my clients I help to facilitate new perspectives that will bring about a sense of acceptance or even re-evaluate situations or feelings.

At the heart of my work I value individuals and I work in a person centred way. This means I will adapt my skills and the way I work to my clients needs and listen to the client to understand what is needed from art therapy sessions.

I am passionate about being individually creative and believe that learning or developing a creative skill or creative identity can improve mental health as well as improving inner wellbeing. I personally enjoy creative activities and use a range of art mediums such as ceramics but also enjoy other crafts.

About my professional experience

I have extensive experience working with young people/ adolescents and young adults. I have worked with older adults within in-patient and out-patient NHS settings.

The sorts of issues that I have had experience working with includes:

  • Sexual, emotional, and physical abuse
  • Trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Low self esteem
  • Low self confidence
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Transition
  • Bullying (in school, university, or work)
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Carer support
  • Separation anxiety and attachment
  • Changes within the family
  • Family issues
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME)
  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Redundancy
  • Stress and work related stress
  • School phobia

In 2010 I qualified as a counsellor then continued my studies and specialised as an Art Therapist. I qualified as an Art Therapist in 2013.

During my professional counselling and art therapy training I worked on counselling helplines and worked in NHS mental health services (in-patient and out-patient).

I have set up successful art therapy practices in a charity as well as a secondary school which benefited young people in Bristol and Gloucester.

I project managed and established a charity based arts project which focused on providing creative based therapy within a studio setting to young people within the local community.

My professional qualifications

2013

MA Degree (Distinction) in Art Therapy (Hertfordshire University, Hatfield)

2010

Foundation Degree in Counselling (City of Bristol College and Bristol University, Bristol)

2007

AQA level 2: Counselling (City of Bristol College, Bristol)