Art Psychotherapy

Art Psychotherapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of art making to help to improve a people's physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Art Psychotherapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of art making to help to improve a people’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Art materials available for you to use as part of your session and your Art therapist will provide these. For example, you might use pens, pencils, crayons, paint, chalk, or clay. You don’t need to have any previous art skills or experience. Art therapy can effectively treat people of all ages. 

Your Art Psychotherapist, might sometimes provide ideas or prompts – for example, some sessions might focus on a particular theme or activity each session. Other times you may be able to choose what you want to create or talk about in sessions. This is called client-centred therapy.

With support from your therapist, you might use art materials to express your feelings or experiences. You may find this unsettling as sometimes emotions can emerge but this can be worked through in the sessions and you will be fully supported.

Sessions will aim to be held at the same time and week as much as possible. Following an assessment you will be invited for a number of sessions to work towards your goals. You may need longer and this can be and this can be reviewed.

Art Psychotherapy aims to:

Help you to self reflect, this means helping you to make sense of your situation and to understand yourself better.

Help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them. You will be helped to build up more confidence and learn how to become more resilient.

You may find it helps you to communicate and express yourself more, which might include feelings or experiences you might find hard to put into words.