With Next Chapter Arts, you can feel confident that you are in safe hands
All our therapists are professionally qualified to Masters level, with additional training and expertise in areas of interest. We hold enhanced DBS (police and criminal record) checks, and have professional indemnity insurances. We are trained in safeguarding and child protection procedures. We are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are members of a professional accrediting body.
Director & Art Psychotherapist
Alexa studied Fine Art in 2002 (BA hons), and later qualified as an art therapist in 2012 (MA). She has worked with adults and children in community, hospital and school settings, and also in private practice. Alexa has also completed training in Theraplay and Dyadic Art Psychotherapy and can incorporate these principles into her work with children and their parents/carers.
Alexa set up Next Chapter Arts and also deals with all the paper work and legal stuff.
Director, Art Psychotherapist & Safeguarding Lead
Dawn has an MA in Art Psychotherapy and a PGCE in Art & Design. Her professional experience ranges from working with refugees through to children with emotional difficulties in schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU), and Child & Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS).
Dawn also ensures we follow the correct Safeguarding procedures and is our Data protection officer.
Laura has a degree in Psychology and has worked as an assistant psychologist, a probation officer and a manager of Youth Offending Teams in Leeds and London.
Laura keeps an eye out for exciting opportunities which could benefit Next Chapter Arts and the people who access our services.
Special Advisor to the Board
Maggie studied Fine Art in the early 1970’s and then worked for 5 years as a Social Worker in Leeds. Her caseload was mainly with young families and those with mental health issues. She later worked as a teaching assistant and went on to spend 12 years managing a centre for young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties before retiring.
Maggie now helps us make Next Chapter Arts fabulous!
Pauline has a MA in Art Psychotherapy and specialises in working therapeutically with children experiencing a variety of emotional difficulties.
Pauline is also a qualified teacher and has eighteen years’ experience of working with children in different settings. In addition to teaching she has worked in a children’s day care centre, in a children’s hospice and with ‘looked-after children’.
Pauline is part of our freelance therapist team at Next Chapter Arts.
Art Psychotherapist & Embodied Relational Therapist (ERT)
Rosie is a qualified and professionally registered Art Psychotherapist and Embodied Relational Therapist (ERT). ERT is a type of body psychotherapy. Both images and the body have a lot to say and Rosie's focus is to bring this communication together in sessions and see what wants to happen. Rosie works with children and adults, and has experience in the learning disability service and rape crisis centres.
Rosie is part of our freelance therapist team at Next Chapter Arts.
June has a Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree and a MSc in Music Therapy (Nordoff-Robbins). She has worked as a community musician with children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities and cerebral palsy in Edinburgh. June also has experience of working with older adults living with dementia, mental health problems and chronic neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease.
June is part of our freelance therapist team at Next Chapter Arts.
Maddy has an MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice and has experience working with both children and adults across a range of mental health settings. Her experience includes working with people who have experienced different forms of psychological distress, such as trauma or acute and enduring mental health problems, through a personal approach and recovery based model.
Maddy is part of our freelance therapist team at Next Chapter Arts.