Staff Team


Introduction to our core team

Chris Wood: (Programme Leader) PhD, Pg Dip AT, BA, HCPC registered; committed to the training of art therapists. She is interested in the many uses of the arts and popular culture, and the relationship between mental health, urban living, and politics. She thinks that people with mental health problems often find ways to live well and that one of the most positive developments in this field is the strength of the service user and voices movement. Collaborative approaches to mental health seem to her to offer a way forward. She also works as a trustee of Art Refuge UK which uses art therapy in different international locations to support people (particularly young people and children facing the difficulties of migration).

She has given lectures and facilitated workshops in a number of different countries. It seems important to her, that in order to investigate and develop art therapy, the profession needs both systematic evidence-based research and research from the perspective of broader based arts and humanities. She has published in both areas: including a number of papers and a book, ‘Navigating Art Therapy: a therapist’s companion’. She is honorary research fellow at the University of Sheffield.

Germaine Bryant: MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Pg Dip AT, BA, HCPC registered. A lecturer with the Northern Programme, Germaine provides supervision groups and training groups for the MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice. She worked as an art therapist with adults within the NHS mental health services in Acute and Community Services for 20 years and is interested in providing art psychotherapy to individuals who otherwise might not have access to psychotherapeutic services apart from private practitioners. Within the educational setting, she is interested in the use of supervision both in the teaching programme and within placements; Germaine is keen to see art-making remain a fundamental part of a trainee’s life during training and beyond and sees reflective image making as an essential element in art psychotherapy practice.

Deborah Gibson: MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Pg Dip AT, Dip Counselling, BA (Hons), HCPC Registered. A lecturer for the MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice with the Northern Programme. From a background in different mental health settings, Deborah has particular experience of working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Participation in research projects includes exploring experiences of gender and sexual identity in counselling and psychotherapy; experiences of ageing, using art as a tool for discovery; and experiences of birthing, using art as a tool for discovery with birthing professionals. She is interested in helping people attain their potential through art psychotherapy and through teaching and learning processes drawing on both psychodynamic and person-centred approaches, and is committed to the exploration and understanding of the theory/practice/research process.

Sue Turton: MA and Secretarial qualifications. Sue provides a wide range of administrative support and work for staff and students of the course.

Caroline Turner: MA Art Psychotherapy Practice, HCPC registered. Caroline Turner uses a collaborative approach in her work with service users and colleagues. She has worked as an art therapist for more than ten years: in forensic settings with women; in mental health settings in the Trust and feels she has learnt from Trust staff in creating groups as relatively safe places for people to meet. Additionally Caroline has worked with young people in the city at Cellar Space.  

Naomi Perry: MA Art Psychotherapy Practice, BA (Hons), HCPC Registered. A lecturer for the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice within the Northern Programme, and co-facilitator, with Hannah Godfrey of the Northern Programme’s Foundation Course in Art Therapy. Naomi has experience with the NHS and also in specialist foster care and the private healthcare sector. She maintains a small practice working with children and young people within educational settings. Before training as an art therapist, Naomi worked for many years in social housing and she is particularly interested in working with children and families who are most hard to reach.

Paula Rolston: MA Art Psychotherapy Practice, B Ed (Hons), HCPC registered. Paula is a placement lecturer on the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice course within the Northern Programme, co-ordinating trainee placements alongside Caroline Turner. Paula also works in the third sector, facilitating group and individual art psychotherapy at Sheffield Mind. She is interested in how art-making provides a ‘window’ for clients, enabling them to access therapy and express what might otherwise be difficult. She also enjoys partnership-working within the sector, and feels group art therapy is a valuable way of bringing communities together, aiding communication and reducing mental health stigma. Before training as an art psychotherapist, Paula worked in education for many years in teaching and teacher-training. During this time, she spent 3 years working in overseas development in east Africa, where opportunities to facilitate art-making in schools and refugee camps deepened her interest in art therapy and influenced her decision to do the MA course.

Introduction to some of the people providing regular teaching input

Bobby Lloyd: BFA, Dip FA, Dip ATh, HCPC registered. Bobby has many years’ experience working as an artist and freelance child and adolescent art therapist. She has co-established and co-run two small non-profit organisations, set up to run art and art therapy projects within hard-to-reach communities both in the UK and abroad, in post conflict, and other settings. She qualified as an Art Therapist at Goldsmiths College in 1992 and is a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and a BAAT approved supervisor. She has worked as an artist and art therapist in London with both adults and children, often with displaced communities. From 1996-2003 Bobby was a Senior Art Therapist in the Children and Families Department of Parkside Clinic, an NHS Trust community-based Mental Health Clinic in West London. She has worked in a number of settings based in East London where she works as an artist and art therapy supervisor, and art therapist. She has worked in three schools located on large housing estates. She is also a co-founder of ‘On Site Arts’, established in 2004 as a small non-profit arts organisation, working, through photography, with communities displaced as a result of displacement as a result of the 2012 Olympics in East London. In 1994, she and Debra Kalmanowitz founded Art Therapy Initiative (ATI) as an independent London-based art therapy service working in the context of political conflict. In addition to therapeutic practice, ATI regularly develops and runs workshops, seminars, consultation and training. ATI has worked with War Child; the Bosnian Support Trust; the Art Works Trust and the University of Durban Westville (South Africa); Save the Children and DFID (Department for International Development) in Kosovo; and the Bayswater Families Centre in London. To date, ATI has worked in Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia and South Africa, and most recently in Kosovo and the UK. Bobby is now a leading figure with Art Refuge UK. Established in 2006, Art Refuge UK is a small, robust charity that works through art and art therapy with people who have been displaced due to political or religious persecution, armed conflict, trafficking, natural disaster and/or poverty. 

Debbie Michaels: MA Psychoanalysis of Groups & Organizations, Pg Dip Art Psychotherapy, BA 3-Dimensional Design, HCPC registered, BACP (Accred): After working for many years in the world of interior design, Debbie’s focus shifted from an interest in the organisation and relational dynamics of space, colour, shape and form in the external environment to that in the internal world. Debbie’s academic and clinical training is held primarily within a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic and artistic frame, and has involved the study of both group and individual processes as well as the languages of words and images. She has worked in the public, voluntary and private sectors and her experience is currently applied through her work as a psychotherapist in private practice, an artist/art psychotherapist working with community-based arts and health/research projects and as a lecturer on the Northern Programme. Debbie’s work at the interface of physical and mental health with organic brain injury/neurological conditions has led to involvement with the DOH National Stroke Strategy on behalf of BAAT. She has a particular interest in developing arts and health/art therapy services that offer framed spaces for creative expression and reflection within community-based settings. She was a contributor to the volume ‘Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions’, edited by Sally Weston and Marian Liebmann.

Anthea Hendry: MA, HCPC registered. Anthea has many years of experience of working with children and families. She is particularly involved in work on the MA Art Psychotherapy Practice course concerned with attachment. She recently edited a book ‘Creative Therapies for Complex Trauma’ and is part of the BAAT Private Practice and Supervisors Register.

Themis Kyriakidou: MSc Forensic Psychology & Criminology, MA ATh, MA Fine Art, BA (Hons), HCPC registered. Themis started her professional career working with children and families as an artist in residence in educational settings and hospitals. After qualifying as an art therapist she continued working with this client group, but also with adults with mental health difficulties, brain injuries, learning disabilities and visual impairments. She later spent some years working within the area of addiction and hidden harm. Recently, Themis’ clinical specialism and further academic training has been in forensic work. She works privately as an art therapist and clinical supervisor, but also for the NHS in CAMHS in a statutory service for young offenders, and in a low secure unit for adults with learning disabilities. Her clinical interest concerns child development, trauma and their influence on offending behaviour. She is passionate about personalised care and enabling patients to achieve their potential through art-making. She is also committed to promoting the profession and raising awareness of the benefits of art therapy. She is an active member of BAAT and she continues to organise art therapy CPD events in conjunction with the Northern Programme and the BAAT region of Yorkshire and Humber.

Lizzie Taylor-Buck: PhD, MA, PG Dip ATh, HCPC registered. Qualifying as an art therapist in 1996, Lizzie has worked in the voluntary sector and in the Health Service. She specializes in working with children, young people and their families and also has an interest in supervision and training. She is committed to research for art therapy based in part at the University of Sheffield in the School of Health and Related Research.

Visiting Professor

Professor Joy Schaverien: PhD, MA, Pg Dip Fine Art, HCPC registered, UKCP, Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme. Joy’s appointment is in recognition of her contribution to art psychotherapy literature. A member of the Society of Analytic Psychology (London), she is also a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths College, a Professor Associate in Art Psychotherapy at the University of Sheffield, and a member of the teaching staff of the C. J. Jung Institute of Copenhagen. After many years working in the public sector, Joy practises privately in Leicestershire and lectures extensively on the links between art and psychoanalysis. She has given, and continues to give, unfailing support to the design and delivery of art therapy courses for students who work with largely public sector clients in the north.

Regular supervisors, group leaders and tutors

Charlotte Allen: HCPC registered. Charlotte qualified in Art Therapy in 1994 from St Albans (prior to the course becoming part of Hertfordshire University). Initially, she worked in a therapeutic community for adults with long term mental health issues. Since then she has worked in two social care day centres and a drug and alcohol service. In 2001 she started work with CAMHS, now part of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and is based at the Becton Centre working with young people who present with a range of emotional and mental health issues in an inpatient setting. She has a continuing interest in group work, offering them in all the settings she has worked and completed further training in Group Analysis Foundation Level.

Dr Arnell Etherington-Reader: PhD, MFT, ATR-BC. Arnell is Professor Emeritus at the Graduate Art Therapy Psychology Department, Notre Dame de Namur University, California. She taught for 21 year, directed the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, been Practicum Coordinator, as well as Interim Dean. She presently teaches for the Art Therapy Northern Programme in Sheffield, Notre Dame, as well as lecturing at Goldsmith College, University of London. She has a small private practice in the US and the UK, and is a painter and writer.

Hannah Godfrey: MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Pg Dip AT, BA Social Sciences, HCPC registered. Hannah has experience working as an Art Psychotherapist with prolific and priority offenders in the community both as part of the adult probation service and with adolescents through the youth offending service. This equates to work with complex mental health needs, trauma of all kinds, self-harm and substance abuse. She has spent time writing for publication and is keen to continue this. Hannah is passionate about the work and hopes to further her own academic study. She has contributed to the Forensics Arts Therapy Advisory Group conference on Erotic Transference, forensic work and class ‘A’ drug use. She is interested in understanding diversity and accessibility within client groups and developing a relevant way of working appropriate for a contemporary work setting informed by the development of theory and practice. She is the lead Art Therapist for the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust and co-facilitates the Northern Programme’s Foundation course in Art Therapy with Naomi Perry.

Dr Claire Lee: PhD, D Clin Psy, PG Dip Art Psychotherapy, BSc, HCPC registered. In addition to being an art psychotherapist, Claire’s first career is in clinical psychology and she has individual and group experience with a range of client groups in different settings, as well as supervision, teaching, training, consultancy, evaluation and research. She is particularly interested in the relationship between psychological and physical health, women’s health, and psychodynamic and creative therapies. She developed and ran psychology services in breast cancer, as a consultant clinical psychologist, for a number of years, has worked in HIV and sexual health, palliative care, and currently works in the weight management service in Sheffield. Her experience has focused on issues such as life and death, emotional and physical trauma, body image, identity and loss. She is committed to her art practice, where she explores the language and integrity of the body through sculpture. She believes in the importance of reflective practice and has run such groups for surgeons, nurses and psychologists. Claire has contributed to the Northern Programme since 2008 as a tutor, group supervisor and training group facilitator.

Katie Wilson: HCPC registered. Katie trained and worked as a Theatre Designer before moving to Sheffield to begin the Art Psychotherapy post graduate course. She began working in the NHS as an Art Therapist in 1996, briefly within an Adult Community Mental Health Team in East Yorkshire before moving to Sheffield Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. In 2007 Katie completed the MA in Art Psychotherapy Research at the Northern Programme which allowed her to explore in detail the non-verbal communications and connections within her clinical practice. Katie has been a regular contributor to the Northern Programme Art Psychotherapy training course.

Associate lecturers

Associate lecturers have and still included well-known art therapy writers and practitioners Caroline Case, David Edwards, Helen Greenwood, Bobby Lloyd, Debbie Michaels, Frances Prokofiev, Lizzie Taylor-Buck, and Sally Weston. The art therapists Deena Northover, Amanda Platt, Jayne McConkey, Margaret Pracka and Laura Richardson are also associates.

David Edwards: MA, Pg Dip Art Psychotherapy, BA (Hons), HCPC registered, UKCP. David qualified as an art therapist in 1982 and has subsequently worked in a wide range of adult mental health settings. He was instrumental in establishing art therapy training at the University of Sheffield and has been involved in training art psychotherapists since 1984. His research interests include the clinical supervision of art therapists and the psychoanalytic study of culture. He publishes regularly in the field of art therapy; his Sage publication ‘Art Therapy’ is well known.

Helen Greenwood: HCPC registered. Helen’s knowledge is based on 30 years clinical experience in NHS adult psychiatry both in hospitals and community based. Initially, for 10 years, she focused on group work with a milieu therapy bias, and then developed an art therapy practise based on individual therapy. She has always worked within a strong multi-disciplinary team, most latterly in a specialist psychotherapy team. Her areas of expertise are working with adults with psychotic illness or psychotic thinking processes, and also those people seen as personality disordered who are hard to engage and likely to have endured abuse, deprivation or early trauma. She also has extensive experience of assessment for psychotherapy and psychological interventions. Throughout her career, she has developed a passion for teaching and supervision. There has been continuous input to the Art Therapy Northern Programme where she has close links as a visiting lecturer. She has published papers and chapters in books as well as being an editor for ‘Inscape’ over six years. She has also developed skills in audit and research. Since retirement from the NHS, she has continued to work part-time providing supervision and teaching.

Margaret Pracka: BA, Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Art Psychotherapist: a registered Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and Art Psychotherapist with 25 years in human services as a qualified Art Psychotherapist and Social Worker in Poland, USA and the UK. Her experience lies in the following areas: victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, children and adults with learning difficulties i.e. Autism, Down Syndrome, PKU, Fragile X Syndrome, people affected by HIV/Aids, patients of high security hospitals. Over the years of her practice, Margaret has been involved in group work as a participant and more often as a facilitator. In working with people with learning disabilities, who often seemed to be ‘devalued’ by their environment, she was constantly in search of different ways of group work to provide services to value each person as an individual, and to develop each person’s full potential. Her training at the Tavistock Centre in London has given her further and deeper understanding into the value of a psychotherapy approach. In order to help the person to find a balance in his/her life, Margaret considers that it is absolutely essential to take into consideration the person’s internal world as well as other aspects of the person’s life.

Laura Richardson: MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Pg Dip AT, HCPC registered is an experienced artist and art therapist concerned with research in art therapy. For many years she was the lead art therapist for the Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust.

Sally Weston: MA Art Psychotherapy Research, Pg Dip AT, BA (Hons), HCPC registered. Sally worked briefly as a secondary school teacher, then for many years as a community worker, mainly with pensioners; this ranged from involvement with pensioner-led campaigns to reminiscence with very elderly people. She returned to involvement in ‘The Arts’ in 1987 when she got a job at Leeds Animation Workshop, a collective making issue-based animated films. In the past, Sally ran groups for pensioners with mental health problems and students with learning difficulties and worked with adult mental health services in Bradford. She worked as an art therapy lecturer for Hertfordshire, Roehampton and Sheffield University. Most recently she worked as an art therapist in Sheffield in the neuro-rehabilitation services. She is a member of the BAAT council and currently works as a regular session worker and tutor with the students of the Northern Programme. She was co-editor, with Marian Liebmann, of ‘Art Therapy with Neurological Conditions’ and ‘Art Therapy with Physical Conditions’.