Quite often, I am asked what art therapy is by those curious to know more. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses the arts and creativity, as well as talking, to support mental health. It can be really useful to communicate non-verbally and it can be an excellent modality to work with a variety of concerns such as:
Grief and loss
Within my Art Therapy private practice, I aim to create a safe space for you to explore experiences and make meaning from life events and feelings, gaining insight.
The best part is there is no requirement to be good at art, even though some do find the practice of making inspiring and continue to make beyond the therapy room. In art therapy the art making has a different role, for example, to help communicate feelings and experiences, or support emotional regulation. Some sessions may involve more art-making, and some sessions may be mainly or only talking depending on the needs of those attending. As art therapist, I am experienced in supporting those attending with the process of getting started with art therapy and art making.
I consider the therapeutic relationship to be of central importance in therapy and aim to make the experience collaborative and tailored to the needs of each individual who attends.
I hold a diploma in online therapy, which has equipped me with the theory and practice to create a safe and supportive experience with those attending my online art therapy sessions. I also use my additional training in combining embodied interventions with therapy practice which can be a powerful healing tool.