Above: Working with Trauma training session, at Nepal Children's Art Museum for Art Refuge UK, March 2015

Above: Working with Trauma training session, at Nepal Children's Art Museum for Art Refuge UK, March 2015

Jess Linton is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, Visual Artist and Creative Practitioner.

She has ten years experience of working creatively in community, arts, education and health settings. She has worked with early years, children and young people, families and vulnerable adults.  Since 2012 Jess has provided individual and group art therapeutic interventions in mental health settings. Her art therapeutic work includes: individual and group therapy for adolescents in a CAMHS NHS (Tier 4)  in-patient service; individual art therapy for adults and young adults in a therapeutic case unit within a refugee service; individual art therapy for children within a primary school setting.

Jess has particular expertise and experience in working with:

  • asylum seekers & refugees;
  • post-traumatic stress and other complex/ multi-layered mental health difficulties related to displacement, loss and separation
  • mainstream primary and secondary education
  • children & young people (MLD/ SLD) in special educational needs schools
  • young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties (within mainstream education or excluded young people)
  • adolescents with mental health disorders  and developmental disorders, such as: ADHD; ASD; borderline personality disorder, psychosis, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar, depression
  • older adults; dementia



Jess currently supports a therapeutic case unit of a refugee service offering art therapy to adult and young adult refugees, asylum seekers and trafficked women. Art therapy offers a space to support individuals to cope with symptoms of post-traumatic stress and to rebuild a sense of self having survived extremely difficult experiences, such as: political conflict; torture; persecution; physical violence; sexual abuse; separation, loss and bereavement. Art therapy supports individuals to play an active part in trying to heal deep psychological wounds.

Jess is also art therapist for a specialist London-based NHS Trust adolescent inpatient service, where art therapy in group and individual contexts benefits adolescents by offering a non-verbal therapy. Art therapy supports them to identify, communicate and work through difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences. In the group context in particular, young people are able to explore inter-personal relationships at a particularly challenging time of their development; personal traits and dynamics which might mirror their own friendships and family dynamics.

Through the breadth of her work, Jess is committed to supporting equality & diversity and continues to work with and learn from individuals from a range of ethnic, cultural, social, religious and political backgrounds.

Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) Registration number: AS14954.

DBS Certificate number: 004178606999, March 2015.


Keep up to date with her current work with Art Refuge UK in Nepal and Calais supporting displaced children and families via her blog or community page.