About Art Therapy

Art Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art as its primary form of communication.

The overall aim is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. Using art materials to make images which can be thought about with a qualified and registered art therapist may help relieve difficult or painful feelings and can help increase general wellbeing.

Why might someone choose Art Therapy?

People can come to see an art therapist for lots of reasons, here are a few common ones:

  • Feeling depressed or anxious
  • Low self-esteem/confidence
  • Finding it hard to express feelings
  • Abuse or trauma
  • Loss or change
  • Relationship issues
  • Self harm
  • Substance misuse

Do I need to be good at art?

People do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Therapy. The art therapist can help get you started, and suggest some initial activities if you’re feeling stuck.

Is the artwork analysed by the art therapist?

The client and art therapist discuss the process of making and the artwork itself. Therefore the art therapist helps the client to find their own meaning of the artwork.

How can you prove it works?

There is a vast body of both qualitative and quantitative evidence based practice that underpins the process of Art Psychotherapy. All art therapists must demonstrate that their practice is informed by research and other forms of evidence derived from quality assurance procedures.

Who is art therapy for?

Art therapy is used with children and adults.

How long does the art therapy process last for?

Sessions are typically on a weekly basis and are usually 1 hour for an individual client and 90 minutes for a group, although shorter sessions are usually suggested for children. Artling can offer short or long term therapy. Some people find that a few sessions are helpful enough, where as others may require longer term therapy lasting months, and sometimes years.

Are art therapists qualified professionals?

Art therapists are qualified, having undertaken a two year (three year part-time) Masters degree, incorporating theoretical and experiential components. All art therapists undergo personal therapy themselves as part of their training.

Registration with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council) has been a legal requirement in the UK since 2001 for anyone practising as an Art Therapist. The register, and the standards of education, conduct, performance and ethics that are laid down by HCPC aim to protect members of the public who use the services of the registered professions.

I maintain professional standards and I am registered with both the HCPC and the BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists). I have an enhanced portable DBS check for working with vulnerable individuals which is regularly updated.