develop your imagination with art materials
have emotional support which includes your own thoughts and
time to explore the meaning of past and present experiences
gain and build confidence and inspiration
find creative ways of gaining insight and self-knowledge
experience the health and creative benefits of self-expression
with the support of an experienced and trained therapist
enjoy using 'art' materials and create a portfolio of your
personal images and objects
Art Therapy has a
long history of working with the creative needs of clients. The
belief that art has therapeutic properties is one in which art
therapists strongly trust.
An art therapist
goes though rigorous training with the aim to help clients to:
address deep-seated personal issues, find ways to communicate with
art materials as an alternative to relying constantly upon words,
find enjoyment and relief in the process of finding their own
creative expression and to build confidence in relationships and
The Art Therapist
is present to assure clients that the work together is confidential,
and an appropriate agreement is made between the therapist and
client as to the nature of that confidentiality.
It is stated
frequently that a client does not need artistic skills to use art
therapy. This can seem strange for some clients, yet it is true.
Most of us make marks, scribbles, doodles and images during our
lives. Art Therapy enables this and further mark-making to be
accessible to those who wish to discover and work with their own
ideas and emotions in a constructive way.
A quote from the
British Association of Art Therapists gives an excellent
‘Sometimes words cannot be used or found to
describe thoughts and feelings but the process involved in
image-making, and the images themselves can help to do so.
Sometimes there are just too many words – and they get in the
way of being able to be in touch with emotions. These are some
of the reasons for the ‘Art' in art therapy.
My Art Therapy
and supervision experience :
I trained as an
Illustrator and then as a painter/sculptor. After leaving Art
College I had my own art practice. I used art in my work as a
community social worker and youth worker and found it was an
invaluable way of connecting and communicating.
as an Art Therapist, I have worked with a variety of clients
individually and in groups including :
interested in exploring their own issues
HIV and Aids
young people with
acquired brain injury
and neurological disorders
I also provide :
for Art Therapists
a variety of organisations