Emma Mills BA (Hons), PGCE, MAAfter graduating with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art in 1988, I trained as a teacher in London and have worked in education for 26 years. In 1993 I went to Botswana, Africa where I lived for 10 years, teaching and exhibiting as an artist. I returned to the UK in 2003 and trained as an Art Psychotherapist at Goldsmiths College, London University. The training lasted 3 years and resulted in a Master's Degree in Art Psychotherapy. Throughout training I was required to be in my own therapy.
I have been working as an Art Psychotherapist (Art Therapist) for the last 14 years in Child and Adolescent Mental Health teams (CAMH's) within the NHS, Women's Aid (refuges and outreach centres), community projects, local authority teams, schools and as a private practitioner. My clients include children, adults and families who have lived with the following; adoption, fostering, self-harm, drug abuse, addiction, domestic violence, sexual emotional and physical abuse, trauma, loss and bereavement and relationship problems. I have also worked with Autistic and Asperger children and adults.
In 2008 I was awarded the first Art Therapy Marion Milner Scholarship from Goldsmiths College. This enabled me to undertake Art Therapy work in Botswana with different children's charities. I return to Botswana to annually work with Stepping Stones International Children's Charity and other Botswana NGOs with the non-profit organisation CIADT (Circle International Art and Drama Therapy). You can view our Facebook page for the Botswana Camphill Community training 2013 here. I have published articles and papers in the British Association of Art Therapy's 'News Briefing' and 'Inscape-The International journal of Art Therapy' about my work in Botswana and with children who have witnessed domestic violence. The articles can be viewed/downloaded here and here. I also deliver lectures on the MA Art Psychotherapy and the MA Domestic Violence at Goldsmiths College. I also provided a supervision service for other therapists. I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists, a BAAT registered supervisor and a registered member of the Health Professionals Council.
A Safe EnvironmentArt Therapy is available in my Art Therapy Studio at 1 Great Hays, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4RR. There is plenty of car parking outside. The nearest bus route is the 29 Arriva bus service, every 20 minutes, from Garon Leisure Centre via Southend Central to Belgrade Road. The nearest bus stop (end of The Fairway opposite BP Garage) is a 5-minute walk from the Art Therapy Studio. The studio is equipped with various materials for you to use as you wish. You may want to paint, draw or play with clay. You may wish to explore the materials, pouring paint, ripping paper or pushing chalk pastels against paper. Playing with material will be beneficial for you to find non-verbal ways of expressing how you feel.
Art Therapy allows you to trust and feel safe exploring any difficult feelings you may be experiencing. This safety comes not only as your relationship evolves with me as your therapist, but also from experiencing the art materials as a way of exploring these feelings.