What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy, Art Therapy is the use of art materials for self-expression and reflection, in the presence of an experienced and fully qualified Art Therapist. You do not need to have previous experience or skill in art, because the overall aim is to enable you to effect change and growth on a personal level in a safe and empowering environment.
The relationship between you and myself is of central importance, although Art Therapy differs from other psychological therapies in that it is a three way process between you, me and your image or artefact. Therefore it offers the opportunity for non-verbal expression and communication of your thoughts and feelings. Your imagery serves as the focus of your conscious and unconscious processes, and enables you to increase your potential for emotional flexibility; offering insight into issues in a less threatening environment than pure verbal psychotherapy.
Any art materials can be used, tailored to fit where therapy is taking place and individual needs, in fact it is not necessary to create art in every session. Art Psychotherapy enables you to increase your self-awareness and effect change by working towards better mental health.
Art Therapists are state registered with the Health Professionals Council (HCPC) and must be members of their regulatory body the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).