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I am a qualified integrative therapist working with children, young people, adults, and couples. I completed a ‘Diploma in Child and Adolescent Counselling’ at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. During this qualification, I was trained extensively in using the creative arts to work therapeutically. I have also trained at CPPD  to complete the ‘Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling’. 

To support my work with couples I have completed a ‘Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships’ with The Centre for Psychosexual Health, and I now teach on the couple’s certificate course which is run in collaboration with The Grove. I have also completed training in offering therapy virtually for both adult and child clients

To compliment my counselling experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge from more than 18 years of work with children and families in the Early Years, School, and Social Care sectors. I have held a number of senior roles within the mental health and well-being field, including offering parent outreach and coaching as well as leading on safeguarding.

Alongside my therapy practice, I run a training and consultancy business  Engage Early Years which supports those working in Education. Through this, I deliver a range of training, specifically around attachment and early brain development, as well as Emotion Coaching and conflict resolution. I am fully insured and hold a DBS on the update service.


  • Fine Art BA(HONS)
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills with Children
  • Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships
  • Train the Trainer – Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • Emotion Coaching Practitioner Trainer
  • Virtual Counselling for Clinical Practice Training
  • Diploma in Child Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling 

Why use creative arts in therapy?

As Ladybird Johnson said… “Art is the window to the soul”

Using the creative arts in a therapeutic way can allow the unconscious to speak and space for memories that have no words to emerge. Some clients may feel that they are not ‘arty’ enough to use creative techniques in therapy, but throughout our work together the focus will be on the process journey rather than the finished piece.  My aim is to facilitate the exploration of the self through the lens of creative arts. These might include the sand tray, paint, sculpture, music, creative writing or any medium you feel comfortable working in. Using the arts in therapy is purely an invitation and by no means compulsory, some people feel that more traditional talking therapy is best suited to them and this is always ok

Therapeutic Services

I offer both short and long-term therapy depending on the needs of the client(s).  Currently I am doing only online work, but in normal circumstances I offer face to face sessions in private practice. I work with a full range of issues and specialise in working with survivors of childhood trauma.

Please contact me to arrange an initial telephone call to discuss your needs and to enquire about fees and availability.

 I offer some concessionary places to those on a low income.


I offer an integrative approach to working with adults and my model is informed by a range of theories. These include person-centered therapy, attachment, neuroscience, body psychotherapy, and transpersonal psychotherapy. While I do offer the use of arts as part of the therapy, people may choose not to take this up. I provide a safe container for people to explore and be curious about themselves. I aim to work alongside clients to help them gain self-acceptance and hope, whilst also being with them through painful and difficult moments. I hold a non-judgmental and open-hearted approach to what every client brings. The focus is on building a strong trusting therapeutic relationship, from which to support each person to consider what feels most important to them.


I hold the belief that wounding often happens in the process of a relationship, be that an inter-family relationship or romantic involvement. This often means that who we are attracted to romantically, mirrors our early life experiences. I offer couple and relationship therapy as a tool to fine-tune communication skills and to help each partner understand the other’s underlying needs. Love is an art, not a science, whether you have been together for 5 months or 50 years, spending quality time working on the substance of your relationship is a courageous step towards a joyful connection.  I see couples every 2 weeks for 80 minutes. I also work with people in other types of relationships such as GSRD, siblings, families, business partnerships, or teams of people working to resolve something.


I work with children from 3 years upwards in a play and art-centered way. I aim to facilitate their own understanding of their inner world, through a safe, confidential, and non-judgemental relationship. I am a strong believer that early intervention can make a difference in a child’s life and lead the way to good mental health. Through one-to-one therapy, children and young people can explore play resources and art materials, with an emotionally available adult alongside them. Some teenagers may also prefer to use talking therapy instead of the arts.  I work with children and young people to process traumatic events such as bereavement, family separations, or those who have experienced abuse and neglect. During therapy sessions clients have the space to be curious about their feelings and experiences; with young children, this is often through the metaphor. I offer a private practice for children and young people and I also work in both primary and secondary schools. I would normally see children weekly, for 50 minutes.

If you are a parent looking for some therapeutic support for your child, please contact me via the link below to arrange an initial telephone conversation.


For many years I have been working alongside parents and families, with a focus on promoting whole family well-being and supporting with challenges in family relationships. I offer parent coaching sessions that can support you on topics such as helping your child regulate their emotions, managing a traumatic event in the family, parental separation, loss, bereavement, transitions, and schooling. I also offer support with educational matters. For example, if you had questions about development and learning. Parental sessions can be booked on an ad-hoc basis or regularly depending on your needs.

As parents to our 3.5-year-old son, we felt that it would be a good time to re-focus on how best to support his continued emotional development and help nurture his learning and creativity. We worked with Shana over two brilliant coaching sessions and have learned so much! As a former teacher and as a qualified child therapist, Shana takes a very holistic approach to her work. She has an impressive & insightful knowledge of child development and an in-depth understanding of the early years’ curriculum; she is very skilled at quickly &  expertly working to identify the areas that a child might most benefit from. Shana had so many creative & useful suggestions on how best to do that and we were immediately able to apply the emotion coaching techniques we learned to help our son work through some of his big feelings and to understand them better. We would highly recommend these coaching sessions to any parent looking for advice, guidance and practical support on how to help nurture their children, thank you, Shana!

Joy Hutchinson, Bath


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