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What is art therapy?

Art therapy or art psychotherapy is a form of expressive therapy that gives you the opportunity to engage in the creative process of making art, as a way of addressing painful feelings and experiences without talking about them.

Art therapy (video) is not about being ‘good’ at art or having an artistic ability. It’s about giving you a creative way to play and explore to allow your story to be told. The result can bring insights and awareness which in turn can support healing and the resolution of inner conflicts, distress or traumatic experiences.

Your art psychotherapist will work with you in a safe and non-judgemental environment.  Art works made within your therapy belong to you, but your therapist will look after them in a confidential way for the duration of your therapy. They will work with you to help you make sense of your experiences. This is a collaborative approach, rather than it being one where your therapist imposes to you the meaning of your work. 

Being creative can undoubtedly support wellbeing for us all but importantly art therapy is a specific form or psychological therapy which harnesses creativity as a means of processing and working through the reasons individuals seek therapy.  It is a specific treatment and not a recreational activity.

Art therapy saved my life - Jenny's story

Our art therapists hold a professional qualification and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who regulate psychological professions. 

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Sessions have helped me express things inside me which would otherwise have been suppressed. They have helped me gain insights into myself and my life situation and highlight issues that I didn't know were inside me. Sometimes, when just using words, my real feelings are avoided.  Drawing and colour helps me to get in touch with what is going on at a deeper level.

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