About Us

Our Therapists

Susan Holmes. Sue is a HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist. Sue has a degree in Fine Art, enjoyed a post-graduate year at the Cyprus College of Art and has experience in adult teaching. She gained her Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy Practice in 2012 and is a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Following her training placement in a Therapeutic Community and a period as group art-therapist in an inpatient ward, Sue has a strong belief in the benefits of group work, and is furthering her training in group analysis.

Sue is lead therapist for our groups focusing on the affect of trauma, leads our fully funded, weekly women’s group. Alongside working individually with adults and leads in accessing funding from a wide variety of sources.The recent 4 day course on Brief Therapy facilitated by Neil Springham and BAAT has strengthened her belief in mentalisation and the active stance in art therapy, which is very much  the way we approach Art Therapy here at ATY.

HCPC reg: AS14431
BAAT Member No: 30051

Peter Brown. Peter  is a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists and registered with HCPC (Health Care Professional Council). Peter has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy, Leeds 2012 and is a qualified teacher in adult learning, leading our Men’s group work and is our lead on Art Therapy in Education and with Looked after Children . Peter has experience of working therapeutically in a number of clinical environments both with groups and individuals, children and adults with a wide variety of mental health issues.

Peter joined us in August 2014.
HCPC reg: AS14407
BAAT Member No: 25382   
 Holly Major  Holly also qualified with an MA in Art Psychotherapy Practice on the  Northern Programme.  She holds full membership of BAAT and is registered with the HCPC. During her training, Holly had experience of  NHS Community Mental Health Services and in a Criminal Justice Drug and Alcohol Service for Women.  After her training she went to Asia, visiting Cambodia, where  while volunteering in a school, she provided a therapeutic art intervention for some of the children there. She is lead on our adult learning disability group.
Holly’s practice is person centred, drawing on elements of mindfulness practice.
Presently Holly is also gaining valuable experience working as an Art Therapist in a stroke rehabilitation unit.
HCPC reg: AS14951
BAAT Member No: 31169
Anne Fawcett.  Anne qualified in 2007 with a Masters in Art Psychotherapy through the Northern Programme Sheffield. She has a wealth of experience with clients, particularly around the effects of abuse and trauma. As all our therapists, Anne aims to create a calm space for reflection and creative work including elements of mindfulness practice.
HCPC reg: AS11325
BAAT Member no: 22618
 Student Practice . We support the Northern Programme by offering a comprehensive student placement. We thank Rachel Natalie and Samantha for their hard work and will welcome our new placements in 2020.

 Our Trustees

Our trustees meet with the team quarterly, and at our AGM  to review the work of the Constituted Charitable Organisation. We would welcome discussions with individuals who may feel they have skills to offer our board of trustees.

We are a membership organisation and are keen to build a strong body of members who each agree with the aims of Art Therapy Yorkshire. We thank this voluntary team for the unique skills they all bring to the organisation, we are grateful for their overview, diligence and the time they dedicate to Art Therapy Yorkshire.

Moyra Bentley. Chair.

Moyra has had a lifelong interest in teaching and learning, has among many other roles, been a teacher, Head Teacher and Head of the Scarborough School of Education, University of Hull. Now retired, Moyra passions for community, the arts and championing the welfare of those less able, has made her a very able and active Chair of Art Therapy Yorkshire.

Mike McCauley Treasurer

Mike has a strong background in Teaching and Headship with a special interest in special educational needs. Mike has recently retired from a leading role in the School Improvement Service Northallerton.

Leslie Stones  vice-chair

Leslie brings  a wealth of experience to the team, She has a strong interest in environmental issues and local involvements, as well as Jazz and gardening! Alongside that Leslie  is the proprietor of a fascinating  bookshop  ‘The Bookshelf’ here in Scarborough.

Moira Davies  membership secretary

Moira, is a retired teacher, with wide interests in the voluntary sector, which include working with our local hospice and singing with Hackness ladies choir. Her organisational skills will be a great asset to us.

Steve Phipps.

Steve is a keen cycling enthusiast, youth worker and member of the Sidewalk youth engagement team.

Moyra and Holly at ARTworking

Karen Torkington.

We welcome our newest trustee to the team. Karen recently retired from her role in the NHS and we are delighted to work with her.

  Moyra and Holly enjoying the recent ARTworking exhibition.
    Steve Peter and Bill sharing a joke at the Open Event at The Street!


Its making such a huge positive impact on my life and hence the lives of my children! I cannot possibly repay you so i will do my best to pay you forward.”

“I am convinced how important creative expression is, I have changed in that I no longer feel it is a luxury. I know it is an essential for me, and I don’t feel guilty”.