What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy where clients are supported to use art materials and talking as means of expression and communication. Art is used to address a wide range of emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. This makes it particularly useful for those who are struggling to verbalise their experiences and thoughts. No artistic skills are needed to benefit from Art Therapy.
Who do Art Therapists work with?
Children, young people, adults and the elderly can all benefit from Art Therapy. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities and diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
Reasons for attending Art Therapy include:
- Low self esteem
- Loss and bereavement
- Family difficulties/separation/divorce
- Gender/sexuality issues
- Autistic spectrum disorders
- Abuse – sexual/physical/mental
- Traumatic experiences
How does it help?
People may find Art therapy useful for the following reasons:
- It’s calming and potentially less intense than a purely talking therapy.
- Feelings can be shared without the fear of upsetting or worrying family and friends.
- It can help them to understand, work through and find positive ways of managing difficult issues, relationships, situations, anxieties etc.
- Can help identify negative patterns of behaviour and with support, clients can try different ways of managing
- Because it is a safe and supportive environment, clients may be able to express emotions they have previously been unable to face on their own
- Can make people feel less isolated
- Helps people realise that what they are feeling is generally quite normal
- Assists clients to feel more in control of their lives
- Helps people to feel heard, supported and understood
Everything that is discussed or created is treated as confidential and only spoken about with the Art Therapist’s clinical supervisor (who also adheres to confidentiality guidelines). In the unlikely event of there being safeguarding issues, the client would if at all possible, be consulted before the Art Therapist passed on information to a relevant professional.
Initial Assessment (1 hr) – £60
Art Therapy sessions (50 mins) – £50
Appointments are available on Monday afternoons and evenings, and Friday afternoons. Please book appointment directly with Kate (contact details below).
Our Art Therapist
BAAT Registered Private Practitioner
BAAT Registered Supervisor