Polly Irvin Integrative psychotherapist , BN3

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I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist  and EMDR Practitioner working with adults, children and young people and have been working professionally for 13 years in private practice and in a variety of mental health settings, including The Priory Hospital. As well as working in my private practice I am also a Therapy Service Manager for RISE - a domestic violence based charity in Brighton  I am also an accredited clinical supervisor. 

I am a humanistic, person-centred practitioner and work relationally and creatively to find an approach that works for you. 

I integrate a range of theoretical perspectives including Gestalt Therapy, Attachment Theory and TA,  CBT  and EMDR.  I have a particular interest in working with trauma and have vast experience working with depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

As well as offering a safe, non- judgemental space to talk I also work with a range of creative forms including: drawing/painting/collaging/sand-tray/writing/clay/body-work and music – allowing symbolism and metaphor to support communication and facilitate profound transformation.

I am UKCP registered, trained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education and work according the code and ethics of the UKCP. I have full professional liability insurance.

I have an arts based background and previously working as an actor, theatre director and senior lecturer in Theatre Practises .

Training and qualifications


School/College/University: Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education 

Qualifications Gained: MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy 

Relevant Dates: 2004-2008

Diploma in Supervision 2017

EMDR with EMDR- Europe Association and EMDR International Association 2017- Level 3

Certificate in The Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts 2004-2005 

Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Acting Diploma 1982-1985






£65 per 50 minute hour.



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160-162 Church Road, BN3 2DL
The Practice Rooms
160-162 Church Road
East Sussex
Brighton and Hove