Art psychotherapy, counselling and well-being training for students and staff in schools.

Our mission is simple and our values clear: To create an authentic, balanced life full of curiosity, as simple as A B & C - Authenticity Balance Curiosity

HCPC Registered AS16298 Registered with BAAT  

About Jo Kelly

I am a teacher, counsellor, art psychotherapist, trainer and consultant in education. I have spent over 20 years living in Australia, prior to returning to my home of the Cotswolds. I have lived and worked in India, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and the United States. Creo-Atman Consultancy was borne out of frustration and dismay in seeing the lack of support services dedicated to young people in many schools in the UK.

Creo Atman Services

The consequences of the global financial crisis have negatively impacted on schools through budget cuts and reduced social and emotional supports for young people. The services we provide are: art psychotherapy, counselling and well-being training for students and staff in schools. These activities include tailored and evidenced-based workshops to meet the needs of targeted students or staff in a range of topics. These include mental health training, workshops tackling anxiety and depression, or resiliency. We can also provide tutoring and mentoring for students.

Art Psychotherapy

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. It is important for clients to know that they do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art. Studies are increasingly showing that creative, expressive activities are important in maintaining wellbeing, quality of life and help to foster resilience.

I work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. My clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These can include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses. I often work in schools with young people but have rooms in Cirencester.

What it looks like: There will be an initial assessment to ensure we have a good understanding of each other, and what is needed. Clients need to have informed consent regarding the process, confidentiality and other important aspects of therapy. Sessions lengths are an hour and the number of sessions can vary depending on what the issues are. However, usually, after 6 sessions, progress is evaluated.

My theoretical framework is humanistic and psychodynamic. I have been influenced by theories of attachment and recent theories relating to trauma. As an educator, I often work psycho-educationally with young people to provide them with the skills and knowledge they can take into adulthood.

I work with dry materials such as collage, textiles and coloured pencils etc, paints, clay, sand, photography and three-dimensional materials.

Counselling

I am a qualified Counsellor with specialism in grief, loss and relationship counselling. I am undertaking the BACP Level 5 approved course in counselling children and young people through TIC+. My theoretical framework is humanistic and psychodynamic. I have been influenced by theories of attachment and recent theories relating to trauma. As an educator, I often work psycho-educationally with young people to provide them with the skills and knowledge they can take into adulthood.  

Well-being Training

I provide evidence-based, tailored and education workshops in defining terms such as well-being, stress, mental health and resilience. The workshops are practical and provide information on recognising symptoms of stress and burn-out, as well as how to incorporate self-care and well-being into one’s life.

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The meaning behind the name

Creo is Latin for create. Atman is Sanskrit is a word for the self – one of the most basic concepts in Hinduism. Its meaning relates to the authentic self, spirit or soul, our true self and is the essence which underlies our existence.  

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