Creative and Therapeutic Arts
Working with young people, adults and families to
improve confidence, relationships and social skills.
Emotional or behavioural disorders, learning difficulties,
physical or sensory disability and mental health problems.
Creative and Therapeutic Arts sessions are
run by Jeff Walker BA (Hons) Arts Tutor:
I work at the studio as an Arts Tutor with a special
interest in both the creative and therapeutic processes.
The referrals that I receive mainly relate to requests
for help in connection with a variety of psychological
and behavioural problems in teenagers, who often
experience emotional, behavioural and educational difficulties, and
who often refuse to see people formally labelled as
health, social or educational professionals, therapists
The work I do explicitly involves the use of art and
design approaches, however implicit to my work is engagement
and trust geared to working through emotionally damaging
experiences. I use art activities together with conversational
and listening approaches.
All of this work is supervised by Dr Alexander Burnfield
FRCPsych, who ensures that the therapeutic potential
is maximised and that my relationship with clients is
safe and bounded.
The main benefit of referring abused teenagers is that
they do not feel labelled as disturbed or mentally ill
but instead can develop a trusting relationship while
participating in a creative activity. The work becomes
therapeutic but they see themselves as mainly attending
in order to fulfil artistic and creative needs.
It is essential that the arts tutor/client relationship
is respected in the same way as a doctor/patient or
counsellor/client relationships. Any problems that arise
are discussed with the supervisor and the referrers
kept fully informed.
The ultimate aim is to help children, teenagers and
adults to gain confidence, improve relationships and
social skills and increase their self respect so that
they can once more find a place in their community.
Jeff Walker is presently working
with the Youth Research Forum in
London. See Brochure
for more information.
Price by negotiation.
“An artist is not a special kind of person;
every person is a special kind of artist” Ananda
Personal and Family Psychotherapy.
Life choices, stress management, personal relationship
Dr Alexander (Sandy) Burnfield FRCPsych has now retired
from his work as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent
Psychiatry. However Sandy is available for exploratative
and therapeutic conversation, mentoring and supervision
on a non medical basis. He sees children, adults and
families, as well as working with Health, Social and
Price by negotiation
Jeff Walker is also available on an individual basis for professional advice and supervision of your creative and therapeutic arts projects. These can be both individually tailored or group orientated. Enquiries from Education depts, schools, Social Services, Healthcare and Private care organisatons are welcome.
He and Sandy jointly facilitate group sessions at the CornLoft when staff wish to focus on psychotherapeutic issues. Individuals and groups.
Please email me for further details, Jeff@cornloft.org