Jane Moore and Sarah Williams established ‘Therapy at The Derw’ in July 2019. Previously known as ‘Therapy at The Bone Yard’, since the Autumn of 2015.
‘Therapy at The Derw’ came about after moving out of The Bone Yard and re-locating their therapy practice in Market House, c/o Chapter Arts Centre in the Canton area of Cardiff. Jane and Sarah have created a truly unique and beautiful therapy space, suitable for one-to-one and group therapy, for all ages.
The name Derw, meaning Oak in Welsh was born due to the mighty Oaks many symbolic meanings and metaphors many of which reflect and sit comfortably with the therapeutic relationship and process.
It’s a symbol of strength, morale, resistance and knowledge. Throughout history, the Oak has been represented in different mythologies and sometimes linked to powerful gods (in Greek mythology it was a symbol of Zeus, the God of Thunder).
It grows slowly, but surely at its own rate. Oak is often associated with honor, nobility, and wisdom as well thanks to its size and longetivity. Oaks are known to easily surpass 300 years of age making it a powerful life-affirming symbol.
The Oak’s roots mirror its branches and stretch as far below ground as the branches do above. Reflecting our unconscious and our roots, the narratives that make us who we are.
“The Oak is a reminder, that great things come from small beginnings”.
Meet the Therapists…
I am Sarah Williams, a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. I’m qualified to Masters level, and trained at Queen Margaret’s University in Edinburgh, qualifying in 2008. I returned to Cardiff in 2009 to work as a School Project Manager with the charity Place2Be, providing an emotional and therapeutic service in a primary school. This is where I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Jane Moore. I then went onto to work therapeutically in schools throughout Newport, and to set up my private practice in Cardiff.
I have over 10 years experience of working therapeutically with all ages. Including primary and secondary schools, adolescent mental health, looked after children, paediatric oncology patients, woman’s hostels and Young Carers.
My private practice was established in 2011, and I helped support clients with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, eating disorders, relationship problems, self-harming behaviours, addiction, phobias and stress.
I am also a founding member of Creative Therapies Collective (CTC), which is a is voluntary community group whose aim is to facilitate the promotion and practice of the Arts Therapies in South Wales. By securing funding from local and national funding organisations and agencies, CTC’s aim is to develop arts therapies projects across South Wales.
My approach is mainly psychodynamic, however my practice is also informed by other theories such as attachment, narrative, mindfulness and Transactional Analysis.
As an Art Psychotherapist I help to create a space where personal and often difficult feelings can be explored safely. These feelings can be explored both verbally and by communication through the art materials. Any creative work you do will be treated with respect and stored in privacy.
Hello, my name is Jane and I am a graduate of the University of Glamorgan, The Family Institute, holding a BSc Honours Degree in Counselling. I began my counselling journey in 2002. As part of this journey, I worked with Sarah Williams, with whom I share the wonderful space at The Bone Yard. Where I was a Volunteer Counsellor for the Charity Place2be. Where we both worked in a Primary School, offering 1 -1 counselling for children and group work counselling.
I am a warm, caring, compassionate and understanding person and counsellor. I believe I bring this to my ‘being with people’. My core approach is Person Centred, but integrating where it fits the person and their journey, with other models, such as CBT or Psychodynamic thinking. I always strive to work professionally, mindfully and sensitively with each and every person I meet.
I am also engaged with the principles of Mindfulness, such as, the managing/living with physical pain or illness. I am also exploring how meditation and nature can prove helpful to health, wellbeing, healing and finding balance again. If a client wishes, we can bring this to our work together. Reflecting on the connections to mind and body awareness and wellness, I am studying a Foundation Course in Ashtanga Yoga, which is proving a wonderful experience and journey, and one which I hope to incorporate ‘ ideas’ into my work with clients and into my own life.