Trained and certified by the Mouvement d'Art-Thérapeutes, member of the SFPE-AT (Société Française de Psychopathologie de l'Expression et d'Art- thérapie), I am a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the Kent Institute of Arts & Design. As an independent illustrator and photographer, my career has led me to work in the associative sector with adolescents with psycho-social disorders, in psychiatry with children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) and Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with adults treated for mood disorders, anorexia or addictions, and with people with senile dementias. Based in Toulouse, I offer individual accompaniment in private practice and interventions in educational or medical institutions.
My practice respects the code of ethics of the French Federation of Arts-Therapists and the National Union of Practitioners in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis to which the M.A.T. is affiliated and of which here are the first 4 articles:
Art. 1/1 - Vocational training
The psychotherapist has a thorough theoretical and practical professional training capable of creating a practitioner's competence.
Art. 1/2 - Personal therapeutic process
They themselves went through a thorough psychotherapeutic process. This personal approach is distinct from their training, although they are fundamentally involved in it.
Art. 1/3 - Continuing education
Their training and personal development must be constantly regenerated throughout their career.
Art. 1/4 - Control and supervision
The psychotherapist maintains a system of supervision or control of their practice by a qualified third party.
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What is artistically mediated psychotherapy ?
It is a psychotherapy that relies on creation and verbalization to accompany the person in his/her desire for transformation. It is part of a therapeutic framework based above all on a patient-therapist relationship. But here the non-directive exchange through speech is combined with the use of artistic mediation to open up a field of action that calls for play, intuition and creative imagination to resolve inner conflicts and regain vital momentum.
Why use artistic mediation in psychotherapeutic support?
Mediatized psychotherapy or art therapy makes it possible to actualize the affects that pass through us through a non-verbal expression. To represent is to change the register: it is to put at a distance, out of oneself. The creative process that mobilizes a fund of personal resources and a sensoriality buried in memory makes us "take back control" to revive the vital forces that animate us. It exposes us to the emergence of the unexpected and helps us to reinvent a dialogue with the world where beauty has its place. It allows us to imagine suffering, fears, the unknown in a different way and to face them in an attempt to transfigure them. In this respect, the creative process is a valuable partner in analytical work, which is also essential for those who seek to give meaning to their lives.
In the therapeutic space, the creative process can become a powerful lever to say the unspeakable. "Art metabolizes a body's memory in language," says Piera Aulagnier. It is certainly an effective means - sometimes the only one - of modelling ambivalence, unlocking a constrained power of action and facilitating the relationship.
Artistic mediation establishes a triangular relationship in the therapeutic relationship. Author and therapist look at and appreciate together the work created, which then becomes a support for sharing to take the development of psychotherapeutic work further.
Specificities of my practice
My approach to art therapy, which is anchored in a resolutely existential dimension, is based on phenomenology and psychoanalysis. Word and creation support each other freely, in turn or jointly, without ever excluding each other to allow the difficulty of existing to be expressed and to overcome obstacles by giving them meaning. To create is to practice the art of transformation. Finding a formal solution means finding a crisis resolution model that converts them into opportunities for change. To this end, a wide range of mediations such as drawing, painting, collage, photography, writing, modelling, making and playing masks or body expression can be used and combined according to the needs of the care.
Who is it intended for ?
Children, adolescents, adults and the elderly without any necessary artistic prerequisites. Anyone who feels hindered in their ability to exist, who needs to be welcomed and helped to overcome psychological difficulties: ill-being, trauma, bereavement, depression, psychological, behavioural or relational disorders, etc.
Artistically mediated psychotherapy is fully aimed at people for whom verbalizing is difficult because it makes it possible to establish a therapeutic relationship that does not necessarily involve speaking. It is therefore a privileged way of entering into relationships with children, adolescents and people with psychopathological disorders.
Therapeutic follow-up by art therapy may be recommended by a treating physician or psychiatrist, in particular to take over from a stay in a medical facility. In this case, it is carried out in conjunction with these interlocutors; when the care is provided in an institutional setting, it is part of a care programme, within a multidisciplinary team.
Terms and conditions
In individual sessions
A first free interview allows the consultant to define his request. This interview is also an opportunity to clarify the fundamental rules governing the therapeutic relationship in a spirit of protection (confidentiality, punctuality, regularity, respect for the people and equipment made available) and to establish together the modalities (duration, frequency, cost, etc.).
Individual sessions are by appointment only, in private practice in the city centre of Toulouse. Possibility of home sessions in the case of HAH (home hospitalization) or when the person is physically unable to move around.
Session duration 50mins
Any consultation not cancelled 48 hours in advance is due
Price (including equipment) to be agreed with the person