Art therapy provides a safe creative space where art making and the relationship between you and the therapist will aim to understand negative feelings that you might be experiencing.
Encouraging uninhibited curiosity and play with art materials can ignite the artist within, leading to insights into ineffective behaviours, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement.
If you are interested in having art therapy, it is not a requirement to consider yourself competent in art. Perhaps you loved painting and drawing but someone squashed your enthusiasm for it, causing you to lose confidence. Art therapy can help with this. If you prefer, visual description of dreams or unpleasant feelings can be looked at with you, the aim to move on from them.
Art therapy is a state registered profession and it is a legal requirement to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to be practising anywhere in the UK.
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Art therapy one-to-one takes place in my studio, but can also take place on Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp. (If you prefer email, this is also possible).
Art therapy can be tailored to your specific situation.
You might be interested in being part of a weekly expressive art group, with the intention of helping you unwind from negative thoughts (perhaps increased due to the lockdown), that seem to inhabit our minds from time to time, which you might be having a hard time shaking off.
I have over 20 years experience running groups, which includes:
To promote emotional well-being by igniting the artist within, heightening self-esteem and confidence. This was funded by the Harrow MS society.
They were provided with a choice of art materials and set their own creative agenda. The cathartic process of art making enabled people to share their sense of isolation due to the closing down of the large Victorian institutions which had been their home for many years.
At this ‘drop-in’ group, people had the option of taking part in a local exhibition which highlighted their fears about their community day centre, which at that time was also under threat of closure. The participants viewed their framed artworks on public display in the Harrow Library. The exhibition was featured in the local newspaper and with active help from the public it remained open for over a year.
Vibrant art-making and candid conversations enabled the expression of many feelings which brought humour and friendship through shared experiences.
The students volunteered to be part of this group. Art making was used to engage them, and every students work was part of a large piece of work titled ‘Reach for the stars’. They were proud of their active involvement and the final group image. As a result of this, NADFAS (National Association of Decorative Fine Art Society), funded me to run one-to-one art therapy sessions for vulnerable students.
To address a number of concerns such as low self-esteem, apathy towards class instruction and feelings of being uncomfortable socializing or communicating. Small weekly student groups of from 3 to 6 have proved successful as part of school emotional care plans.
Weekly non-directive art-making enabled participants to connect with and support each other and have acknowledgement of current concerns.
These were orchestrated and developed by me with the help of all staff and students. This evoked a strong sense of community across all cultures which were united by the theme and active involvement in creating a large art work together.