“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall.
Art psychotherapy enables verbal and non-verbal forms of communication. Creating images may help to express thoughts and feelings, giving a tangible form to issues that may be difficult to put into words.
The therapist supports the young person in their own reflections upon their work. There is no judgement of artistic or technical ability nor an attempt to interpret the meaning of a picture.
The art psychotherapist is concerned with encouraging the young person to use art in a way which allows for self- expression and personal growth. The framework of a safe and containing space, and the connection of a developing trusting relationship with the therapist, will empower the young person to engage with their creativity and positively reflect upon their experiences.
An individual does not need to have any prior experience of using art materials.
Images made during sessions may be reflected upon at that time, and can also be revisited at a later date.
Art psychotherapy is used in a variety of settings both with adults and children; in hospitals, residential and day care provision, the private sector, forensic and prison services, education, charities, social services, child and adolescent and adult mental health services.
Issues around feeling stuck, low confidence and self esteem, trauma, loss or bereavement, sense of identity, bullying, anxiety and stress may be further explored through image making where verbal and emotional expression feels too difficult.
Access to Art Psychotherapy
Art Psychotherapy can be provided as individual and group sessions. At The Windfall Centre, Art Psychotherapy is presently available individually on Tuesday and Thursday. Referrals are made in discussion with individuals, their families and carers and organisations that may be involved with the provision of care.
Sessions are offered on a weekly basis providing a safe, containing and consistent environment in which to think and explore.
The content of art psychotherapy sessions remains confidential unless the therapist has concerns about a risk to that individual or others.
In that event, and in discussion with the individual, an appropriate safeguarding member of the multi-disciplinary team will be involved.
Art work is stored safely and can be revisited and reflected upon throughout therapy.
Principles of Professional Practice
Art Psychotherapists hold a post graduate qualification to practice and are state registered with HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). They are bound by HCPC and BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists), to observe the professional principles and codes of practice
Further information about art psychotherapy can be obtained from BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists) firstname.lastname@example.org