Awaken your senses
Restore the Body
Unlock your imagination
Renew the mind
Explore the mystery
Re build the Spirit
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Therapy is one of four creative therapies available in the Uk. Art, Drama & Music being HCPC regulated. You don’t have to be ‘good at art’ to benefit from Art Therapy! You don't even need to have a life hurt you may just want to expand your inner landscape enhancing your outward landscape. All you need is a willingness to have a go at using art materials as a different way of expressing yourself.
Art has been used as a vehicle for personal expression since the beginning of time. Art combined with education, psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy, medical science, sociology laid a foundation for art to sit as a form of psychotherapy. Drawing on that rich history & research I am drawn to embrace arts ability to engage body, mind and spirit. I am passionate about facilitating an Art Therapy space for you to connect to the true source of wholenesss and ultimate creator yaweh.
Using art materials can be like finding another way of talking – for example you can ‘say’ things in paint which are too difficult to put into words, things you have forgotten about or have felt too afraid to express elsewhere.
Anything you do (a scribble, drawing, painting) has meaning. As a therapist I will help you explore your work and find its meaning with you. Art Therapy is not reliant on words but talking about your pictures and what they mean to you can make it possible to gain more understanding of yourself, your feelings, relationships, any life hurts and what you can do to change them.
Using art materials can be therapeutic in itself by releasing tension, helping concentration, raising self confidence and building on skills.
Who is it for?
There are no hard and fast rules about who can benefit from Art Therapy.
It can be particularly useful for people who find it difficult to express themselves in words or alternatively find they hide their feelings by talking.
What is needed is the willingness to have a go, to find out if it could be a useful way for you to express yourself and share your thoughts and feelings.
As in any psychodynamic therapy expressing painful experiences/feelings through art or words can be distressing and sometimes it is possible to feel worse before you feel better.
What happens in a session?
Sessions can look very different depending on your need. This is your time, time set aside for you, depending on how you feel in each session. You will have an 50mins to choose to be quiet and use the art materials or talk while you are making, or just talk. You may in some sessions need to be more interactive with the therapist to reflect on art work made, exploring thoughts and feelings or exploring solutions. As themes arise it may be appropriate to incorporate other tools to support the healing of the body mind and spirit into wholeness. There is no set way, it’s what works for you.
What feedback will I get?
In all art therapy sessions there is an opportunity to talk about your art work and share feelings and thoughts related to your current life with the Art Therapist. After you have attended a number of Art Therapy sessions there will be an opportunity to review your art work and the progress with tools used in the sessions and decide what is the next step.
Free 10 min Phone Consultation
A Free Initial Art Psychotherapy Assessment Session
Art Psychotherapy Individual Adult/ Child 50 mins £50
Art Psychotherapy Couple, Family 50-90mins £65/£90/ Group POA
All mental health work is conducted by a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist and will be carried out according to the BAAT (British Association of Art Therapies) Code of Ethics and Principles of Professional Practice to which I am a registered member.