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About Mia BA (Hons)., MA., MBEd.

I am a Lincoln based person-centred Integrated Holistic Therapist and Creative Counsellor, this means that I am a qualified mental health practitioner who puts the focus on the unique needs of each person and take into account not only mental health but all other areas of life. I have a relaxed, straightforward, fun and positive approach with which I support clients, either 1:1 or in small groups, to help you gain control of your life and untangle your mind to enable you to have the life you need for peace, confidence and to live authentically.

 

In addition to offering talking therapies I can work with images and creative arts to explore issues with clients. It is an effective way of working through issues when words cannot be found, but this is very much optional and driven by the clients preferences and individual needs. 

 

I have a special interest in supporting the Neurodiverse community and ADHD coaching is an area I am passionate about. I also have gained additional qualifications in nutrition and eating distress through NCFED (National Centre for Eating Disorders) and have lived experience of recovery to enable me to support those struggling with this area.

 

I am a professional member of the International Association of Therapists (IAOTH) and also the International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association (IMTTA). I am fully insured and follow the IAOTH code of ethical practice and safeguarding.

 

As always, please just get in touch for a chat. I tend to prefer face to face conversations but am happy with telephone or zoom if that is better for you. 

Outside of Untangled Counselling I am also a fun career Creative with many hats - community artist, facilitator, sketch noter, interactive designer, mural artist, creative therapist, fine artist practitioner, eco-warrior..... My focus is on connecting people through art and crusading for creativity as a community catalyst.​


Founder of Lincoln Art Ninjas (2016) and Art Ninja HQ (2021) which exist to combine mental health support through creative arts and  eco-therapy by being more creative, getting outdoors and creating social opportunities which combat loneliness. Small projects make creating so much more acccessible and counteracts creative anxiety. Being creative in every-day ways (a form of mindfulness) is the secret to health and well-being.

To support this I run a vibrant community interest company called ActiviTea CIC which trades as Art Ninja HQ  a community art studio for adults. Part of ActiviTea CIC is also a swim school Ninja Swim whose profits go to support Art Ninja HQ. 

SUPPORT GROUPS

I am also involved in support groups which aim to provide comfort and support through community. Tempus is a support group for those affected by suicide. I run this with Di Brown. The group meets monthly to chat and connect over this shared experience.  

Moving Forward is a group for those affected by domestic violence and provides advice emotional support and comfort to enable people to move on with their lives. This is co-run by our Kerry so please ask if you are interested in coming along. 

BRIEF CV

Experience and training in;

  • Mental health coaching, Counselling and using creative arts and positive psychology strategy training since 2015.

  • 35+ years experience tutoring and facilitation of all ages, in educational/school setting and private studio.

  • Visiting Lecturer Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln 

  • Mural painting and street art, community facilitation, forest schools training.

  • 4 years experience as a subject specialist art teacher and visiting lecturer.

  • Project and events management.

20+ years in the print and design trade as a freelance illustrator, designer, print buyer and production manager.

Working on print, editorial, exhibition design and copy writing before having my family and retraining to teach.

Clients included Marks and Spencer, Costa, Milton Bradley, Blue Arrow, Jaguar.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • HICAT Holistic Integrated Creative Arts Therapist MBEd (2020-2022)

  • PAAC Professional Association ADHD Coaches Diploma ( 2022 - )

  • Level 3 Grief and Bereavement Counselling (2022)

  • Level 3 Suicide and self harm. (2021)

  • Culture and Heritage Management MA, University of Lincoln (2018-2019)

  • Human Interaction Design BA (first class) (Hons), University of Lincoln (2016-2018)

  • Creative Arts Counselling Diploma from PCATA London (Person Centred Art Therapy Association, now called APCCA Association Person Centred Creative Arts) (2015- 2016)

  • Level 3 Counselling and CBT (2020) Level 4 (2023-)

  • Diploma in Psychological Interventions for Eating Disorders (NCFED) (2015)

  • Thrive Programme Consultant (Positive Psychology Training programme) in private practice. (2015)

  • Graphic Design and Marketing HND (2012)

  • NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant, 15 years experience. (2006)

  • Arts Award adviser up to Silver level.

  • Level 3 Food Health and Hygiene for Catering ( ongoing latest 2023)

  • Mental Health First Aider (2018)

  • Enhanced DBS, ongoing.

  • Public liability insurance to 10 million.

  • ongoing training in safeguarding, first aid and continued supervision.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Association of Therapists. (IAOTH)

  • International Meditation Teachers and Therapists Association. (IMTTA)

  • Association for Person Centred Creative Arts (APPCA)

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