About Me

Alex Johnson, MBPsS

My Professional Qualifications


2020 MA Art Psychotherapy Practice (Distinction)

Leeds Beckett University & Sheffield NHS Health and Social Care Trust


2014 MSc Psychology BPS Accredited (Merit)

Sheffield Hallam University


2011 BA History of Art (1st Class Honors)

University of Leeds

Everyone is unique and deserves support that is right for them.

Using a person-centred and flexible appraoch I aim to support individuals, or groups of individuals, in realising their own resource and resilience through the creative and therapeutic process.

My Background

Prior to my training as an Art Therapist, I have over 10 years’ experience working in a range of roles supporting children and young people with a diverse range of meantal health and learning needs. I have worked in both specialist and mainstream education, as well as community settings, always working closely with other agecies  to achieve the best outcome for the individual and their mental health. I have a passion for working creatively and have always drawn upon creative processes to help engage and support personal and educational growth. Groups of individuals I have worked with include:

  • Looked After and Adopted Children
  • Individuals with SEND’s
  • Neurodiverse individuals
  • Gender questioning individuals
  • Those who have experienced trauma and abuse
  • Youth Offenders
  • Those with a Mental Health Diagnosis
  • NEET’s

I have more recently worked with young people and adults in a specialist NHS setting as part of my training. Here I developed Art Therapy groups to specifically support and nurture the well-being of individuals experiencing gender dysphoria or who are gender-questioning.

The sorts of difficulties I have experience of supporting are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Impacts of abuse & trauma
  • Separation anxiety & attachment
  • Social & emotional difficulties relating to SEND/Autism/ADHD
  • Identity issues, including Gender Identity
  • School phobia
  • Offending behaviour
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self-harm
  • Impacts of not being in education, employment or training (NEET)

CPD Courses & Training


Complex Trauma: Surviving Pandemics and Disasters, Complex Trauma Institute, March 2022

Working within CPS guidelines to deliver Pre-trial Therapy, IMARA, Janurary 2022

Suicide Prevention Sumit – British Psychological Society, September 2021

Non-directive Play Therapy, The Apple Tree Centre, Janurary 2021


Social Psychology Conference- Connecting Individuals & Communities, BPS, September 

Art Therapy with Children & Adults with Autism, BAAT – Region 5, July

BPS Annual Conference – Psychology for the Future, June

See The Spectrums: Supporting SEND & LBGTQ+ Young People, SAYiT, March


RESPECT – Crisis intervention, SHSC, NHS, December

Safeguarding Children & Adults – Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), Sheffield LA, November

Art Therapy and Gender Identity: BAAT Children & Families Special Interest Group & Leeds GIDS Training, November


Understanding Autism: Raising Awareness and Emotional Regualtion: The 5-point Scale, Sheffield Autism Education Support Team, July

Mental Health Awareness: Children & Young People, Rotherham Multiagency Support Team, July


Designated Safeguarding Lead Training, Rotherham Borough Council, November

Emergency First Aid, Highfield Awarding Body of Compliance, November

Advanced Level Attachment & Trauma Training, Inspired Foundations, January



Sheffield Futures, Introduction to CSE in South Yorkshire, May

Safeguarding Children in Education – Basic Training, Sheffield Safegaurding Service, CYPF, September 


Autism Education Trust, Making Sense of Autism, September


My Approach & Philosophy

I use a person-centered and psychodynamic approach, promoting collaboration and placing the individual at the center of their therapeutic process. This means I use a mix of directed and non-directed approaches, depending on the clients expressed need.

Also using a holistic approach, I aim to support the whole client by taking account of their unique set of developmental, social, cultural, psychological, cognitive and sensory needs.

Further I work in a trauma-informed way, which means I aim to understand a client’s emotional distress in light of any traumatic life experiences they may have had and understand how such experiences may have impacted them.

Mindfulness is something that is naturally embedded in the practice of Art Therapy, however, if appropriate and useful for the client, I will draw upon a range of mindfulness-based techniques and creative activities to help support the therapeutic process.

Get In Touch






Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm
Weekends: 10am – 3pm