WHAT IS ART THERAPY or also called PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues, which may be confusing and distressing.
One may want to paint, draw or play with clay. One may wish to explore the materials, pouring paint, ripping paper or pushing chalk pastels against paper. Playing with material will be beneficial for the patient to find non-verbal ways of expressing how you feel.
Art Therapy allows one to trust and feel safe exploring any difficult feelings they may be experiencing. This safety comes not only as one's relationship evolves with me as your therapist, but also from experiencing the art materials as a way of exploring these feelings.
Art Psychotherapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.
Art Therapy is provided in groups or individually, depending on clients' needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
Art Therapy in Schools
When pupils are experiencing emotional difficulties they find learning very hard and their inclusion in school life is affected. Art Therapy as form of intervention can assist with an individual's psychological, emotional, educational, social and physical development.
Art Psychotherapist can help identify new strategies for managing feelings, thoughts and behaviours at home and school. They can build resilience in the child and encourage and support the child, their parents, and teachers through the process of making positive changes.
Art Psychotherapists work as members of the school's team and contribute to reviews and multi professional meetings. They also liaise with other professionals involved in any safeguarding issues and attend case conferences and review meetings.
What is needed?
- A self-contained room, consistently available and free from interruption
- A sink and running water
- A lockable storage space
- Art materials, a table and chairs
- Liaison time with key staff and parents/carers
- Liaison time with other relevant professionals.
I am a HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) registered Art Psychotherapist.
The Health and Care Professions Council regulates health, psychological and social work professionals.
You can check my status on the link below.
The British Association of Art Therapists: promotes and gives information about art therapy.
I follow the regulations and Code of Ethics published by these bodies. I receive clinical supervision to support and develop my practice. I hold enhanced DBS clearance, professional liability insurance, and adhere to the General Data Protection Regulations.
I offer my services to charity organisations, schools, hospices and mental health/wellbeing centres. It can be NHS referrals or self-referrals. Sessions are suitable for clients living with mental health conditions, including dementia, anxiety, stress, depression and social isolation.
If you are interested in engaging with Art Psychotherapy please contact me at or call 07715601222
Before we work together it is advisable to have assessment meeting. If you agree that Art Psychotherapy would be beneficial for you then it would be expected that you come once a week for at least three months.
Assessment: 50 minutes - £50
Individual Sessions for adults or children: 50 minutes - £70
Art Therapy (Closed Group) for adults: 1.5 hours - £150
Up to 8 clients.
What is a closed group?
Closed Art Therapy groups (meaning no one new can join once the group has begun), where participants make a commitment to come regularly, to uphold each others' confidentiality and to address and explore specific goals through art-making and verbal sharing.
The group will be suitable for those suffering from depression, anxiety, past abuse, trauma or loss, cancer, problems with food and relationship problems. It will also be suitable for those wanting to explore the impacts of racism, patriarchy, class and other forms of oppression, and as personal therapy for art therapy trainees.
I operate a sliding scale for students and for clients on reduced income, which can be discussed at the assessment meeting.
If the client is unable to attend a session because of extenuating circumstances, it is the client's responsibility to inform the Art Therapist in advance by phone or e-mail with no less than 48 hours notice for rearrangement. If the client cancels a session with less than 24 hours notice and it cannot be rearranged, the client will be charged in full. The Art Therapist keeps the slot for the client. The Art Therapist still works within the allocated time of the session even in the absence of the client, it is part of the therapy process in psychodynamics.
Art Psychotherapy is at the Brentwood Arts Therapy Centre at 9, Hatch Road, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9PU. There is plenty of car park outside the Centre. The bus route is the 37 (First Essex), every 20 minutes. The stop is at the beginning of Hatch Road by the corner shops. The Centre is opposite the bus stop. The Centre's front door is wheelchairs accessible but not the toilet.
We provide Art Psychotherapy sessions via ZOOM, which can be discussed at the assessment meeting.