My name is Michael Cousin, and I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist living in Cardiff.
Words fail us all sometimes, it can be hard to know where to begin or how to make sense of our experiences. Art can be another way to communicate or express ourselves.
My experience is broad, and I am happy to work with clients at any stage of life. An art psychotherapists’ training is extensive and intensive over a three-year period, and it provides us with a framework that can be used to support a client with any mental health struggle up to the most complex issues. At this point in my career the focus of my practice has tended towards working with those who have experienced multiple traumatic events or have diagnosed disorders. I work with clients who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizoaffective Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I also have wide ranging experience of clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
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.
Prior to my training I was a contemporary artist and curator with over 20 years of experience of national and international exhibitions. I have both a BA (Hons) and Master’s Degree in Fine Art and a Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy (2016).
I have completed a CPCAB Endorsed Sandtray Therapy Foundation Course (2021), Solution Focused CBT course at the Anna Freud Centre (2019), Dyadic Parent – Child Art Psychotherapy Training Level 1 by BAAT (2018).
Before setting up my thriving private practice I was employed as a therapist by the charity New Pathways to work with children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual violence. I currently work sessionally with Chepstow Counselling Services, Compass Community fostering services and ACT Training and am employed as a Primary School Therapist with Torfaen Council through the Cwmbran Centre for Young People. In the past I trained as a Listening Volunteer with the Samaritans and had a placement with Bethel Community Church in Newport working with refugees.
I am one of the therapists registered with the MA Art Psychotherapy course to offer sessions to new and current students throughout their three-year tenure.