What is Artpsychotherapy/Art therapy?

  • Art psychotherapy / art therapy is a unique creative process where art-making and psychotherapy combine to aid individual growth, awareness and healing. In art therapy no art skills are required – you are free to make images which provide a more tangible and immediate way to express feelings and emotions. The aim is to release creativity, ease distress, increase awareness, resolve conflicts, and/or cope with trauma. Art therapy can help you to manage and resolve emotional problems, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, bereavement, depression, anxiety, feeling stuck, health problems and general life struggles.

  • An artpyschotherapy  session

    In an art pyschotherapy session, the art therapist provides various art media such as paints, clay, collage and other materials to help the client to express and explore their emotions, develop insight and make sense of difficult life experiences. The art therapist holds a safe, confidential setting, and works in a non-judgemental way. Art therapy sessions are generally non-directive and client-led, though therapists may offer themes or directives. It can take place in an individual or a group context. Art therapy is not an art class nor is its purpose recreational, though sessions can be enjoyable. There is no need for any prior art-making experience. The therapist works with the client to explore their images to reach their own personal understanding and insight. Based on the age and needs of the client, a session usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the attention span and focus of the client. The frequency of the sessions is determined during the initial assessment,

  • Art psychotherapy is a sensory based, experiential therapy which provides visual, kinaesthetic, tactile, offactory and auditory experiences, using the creative process. This enables the individual to communicate non-verbally as well as verbally as emotions are experienced, allowing unconscious material related to past traumas to be become conscious so as to be processed.

    Young children, adolescents and adults who find it hard to express themselves can use art to express their feelings. The Art psychotherapist helps repair these issues drawing on theoretical frameworks including attachment theory, trauma theory and relational neurobiology. At all times the art therapeutic practice  is confidential, safe and non-judgmental.