What is Art Psychotherapy?

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works: if from the head,
almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall.

Art psychotherapy can be helpful for all ages and particularly for adolescents or young adults. It can help to address issues from bullying to body image, hard to control anger to exam/school/work stress, as well as the effects of grief and loss or abuse and trauma.

Creating something using art materials like paints, clay, paper cutting etc, and making something helps you to express your thoughts and feelings, especially for things that may be difficult to put into words. You don’t have to be ‘good at art’. The art therapist understands that this is your work and your process and supports you without judging either what you do or how you do it. She will help you reflect and understand yourself better. She has been specially trained and has lots of experience working with children and young people.

Everything you do or say will be kept confidential by your therapist although, of course, you can tell anyone you like about your sessions if you want to. If, though, she ever is worried about your safety she might need to tell someone else so as to keep you safe. She would talk to you about this.

Coming to art therapy would mean coming on the same day at the same time for quite a few weeks. This helps to develop a trusting relationship between you and the therapist which makes communication easier.

Child playing with playdough.