In light of the recent crisis I am now offering telephone or online (WhatsApp) counselling for members of the community who are recently unwaged or affected directly by COVID-19 for free. This also applies to members of staff working in frontline services. I will limit this to a brief therapy model which is for six sessions in order to make this as accessible as possible.
My name is Michael Cousin and I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist living in Cardiff.
Prior to training as an Art Psychotherapist I was a contemporary artist and curator with 20 years of experience. I have both a BA (Hons) and Master’s Degree in Fine Art and a Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy.
I am registered and licensed by the Health and Care Professions Council to legally practice under the title Art Psychotherapist. I am a registered member of the British Association of Art Therapists and adhere to their guidelines and ethics. I also have an enhanced DBS check and specialist professional liability insurance.
The majority of my experience has been with children, young people and adults who have experienced multiple traumatic events (complex trauma) such as severe neglect, domestic or state violence, rape and sexual abuse. These clients are often struggling with the long-term impact of these experiences and may exhibit symptoms such as; increased aggression or anger, disturbed sleep, variation or loss of appetite, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or attempts, depression and anxiety, flashbacks and possible development of other psychiatric disorders. I also have experience of working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizo-Affective Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), plus clients suffering from severe anxiety, the effects of bereavement and bullying (both physical and online).
I have recently undertaken Trauma Focused CBT Training at the Anna Freud Centre in London.