Polly Irvin Integrative psychotherapist , BN3

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I am an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist working with adults, children and young people and have been working professionally for 10 years in private practice and in a variety of mental health settings, including The Priory Hospital. I am Therapy Service Manager for Rise - a charity in Brighton,  working with women and children impacted by domestic violence. I also work as a clinical supervisor.

I am a humanistic, person-centred practitioner and work relationally and creatively in accordance with the needs of each client.

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 previously had a successful career as an actor, theatre director and senior lecturer in Theatre Practises at Rose Bruford College.

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

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

Connaught College

Certificate in Counselling Skills 1998

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






£50 per 50 minute hour.


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