Meet the CABS Team

The Art Therapists in our team have diverse skills and expertise in individual, group and Family Therapy. An Art Therapist (or Art Psychotherapist) is someone who has undertaken approved postgraduate training and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We adhere to the principles of inclusivity and we are committed to valuing diversity.

 

Paula - MA Art Psychotherapist and Service Manager

Paula Boyle is the Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service (CABS) Manager, Art Psychotherapist and Designated Safeguarding lead at Harlington Hospice, London. The service provides art therapy pre and post bereavement support to Children and young people ages 4-17yrs in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Paula regularly presents to educational, health and social partnerships in the borough, advocating in the best interest for early intervention grief support for children and young people. 

Previous to the post at Harlington Hospice, Paula was a full time Art Therapist at a children’s Hospice, working with babies, children and young people who live with terminal illness and supporting their families. She has presented at regional, national conferences, such as; ‘Together for Young Lives’, St Christopher’s Hospice Annual Conference ‘ Facing Death Creatively’ speaking about art therapy in palliative and hospice care.

Paula is a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths University for the MA Art Psychotherapy Master’s Degree and foundation course and a full member BAAT, HCPC and the Child Bereavement Network UK. (CBN)

 

 

Nana – MA Art Psychotherapist and Family Therapy Practitioner

Before joining bereavement services at Harlington Hospice , Nana worked in various setting including the NHS, education and private health care. She is currently a committee member of Creative Response, BAAT special interest group (Art Therapists working with Loss) and a member of “Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries” special interest group. For the last ten years she worked with children and adults diagnosed with life-limiting conditions at Harley Street Clinic. She has edited and written books and articles (in Russia and in the UK) on topics such as: art therapy in museums, and art therapy in palliative care. The most recent contributions were to the books “Art Therapy in Museums and Galleries: Reframing Practice” (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2020, ed.Coles, Jury) and “Migrations: Revealing the personal. Museum practices and recommendations for working on migration, mobility and diversity” (ICOM publication, 2020). She uses evidence-based approach in her art therapy practice and adheres to professional Code of Conduct of The British Association of Art Therapists. She is particularly interested in the role of art therapy in legacy making in the context of end-of-life care.    

 

 Compassionate: We will listen, care and respect to create a safe and confidential space for children, young people and their families who are pre and post bereaved.

Inclusive: We offer bereavement support to children regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, religion/beliefs, gender identity, gender reassignment, and sexual orientation. We will learn and respect cultural rituals around grief and loss.

 

Adaptable: We are client centered and creative in our approach to helping children and young people express their feelings of grief and loss. We offer support as an early intervention to maximize resilience with the longer term approach to adulthood.

 

Collaborative: We work with an integrative approach to offer bereavement support to individuals, groups, families. We offer advice to external agencies, such as schools, GP’s and professionals across the London Borough of Hillingdon involved in the care of children, young people and their families.


Accountable: Our Team of qualified Art Psychotherapists are regulated by HCPC and are full members of BAAT. They attend regular supervision, engage in evidence based and reflective practice and continued professional development.