Art Psychotherapy is a form of therapy that uses creative media and a range of expressive art forms to inform, explore and enhance communication. Clients who are referred to, or elect to see an art psychotherapist, need not have previous experience or any skill in the arts.The therapy aims to support personal growth and change, within a safe environment. Supporting issues such as relationship difficulties, physical and mental health concerns, loss, self-confidence and dealing with the everyday challenges life brings.
The relationship between the therapist and the client is of central importance, however art therapy differs from other psychological therapies in that it is a three way process between the client, the therapist and the image created. It offers an additional opportunity for expression, reflection and communication.
The arts used are not just a vehicle for talking, but with facilitation, the experience of the arts can act as a processing tool. The arts can be safe, containing and an enabling form of communications when words are not enough or you just can’t find the words at all.
I am a registered HCPC Art Psychotherapist working with adults, and a registered member of the BACP, UKCP and BAAT. Based in Bedford, Bedfordshire, I work with both groups and 1:1 clients offering both face to face and online sessions.
I have an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, with a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling using the Arts.