Art Psychotherapy

When Words Are Not Enough

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication and supports people to express emotional issues that may otherwise be difficult to discuss. Unexplored, these may manifest themselves in a range of moods or behaviors that people may find distressing or can prevent a person from reaching their full potential. 

For many people, art can help as a form of expression and exploration of the self. Where we can often struggle to find the words to express our inner most feelings, art can be used to form a language for us and communicate what we otherwise cannot find the words for. 

This is because creativity and the art process accesses the unconscious, non-verbal and emotional brain as opposed to the higher functioning brain used in thinking and verbalisation. Art can facilitate functioning of this region and through positive experiences in creating images, can begin to support the individual to activate new neural pathways and learn to tolerate previous emotional pain. 

By starting to explore emotional issues in safe and contained space (through image making) a person can begin to manage and tolerate overwhelming feelings. The image becomes a container for the expressed emotion and feelings can be experienced at a safe distance. By creating a ‘container’ an individual can begin to explore, reflect and process the past. This set of actions begin to activate the pre-frontal cortex and starts to ‘shift’ the lived experience of past difficulties. This all occurs within a safe, therapeutic relationship in which the therapist can hold any adverse responses to the process and build on experience of a positive attachment relationship. 

It is becoming more widely accepted (through neuroscience research and evidence) that creative forms of expression have a critical role to play in both processing and overcoming emotional issues. There is no need to be ‘good at art’ to explore thoughts and feelings through art therapy.

What to expect:

Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and are offered on a weekly or fortnightly basis. There is an initial consultation to discuss the reasons for coming to therapy and to decide the way forward for treatment together. This is offered at a reduced rate to enable clients to decide if therapy is right for them. 

 All images created in the sessions are held securely by me until therapy come to an end. 

 Price Guide:

20 minute Telephone consultation FREE

Initial 90 mins Consultation £45

Individual creative therapy session: £55 per session

3 month creative programme:  x1 90min consultation + x6 sessions £350

Reduced rates are available, please enquire

* Cancellations must be provided with 48 hours notice. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure adequate notice is given and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will need to be payed in full.

* Please note: -It may not always be appropriate to take on treatment with someone. In this situation I will be honest and open, giving advise on the best route for treatment in my opinion. 

* Children may also require treatment that includes those involved in their care, in addition to individual therapy.