Art Psychotherapy uses creative expression and the development over time of a consistent, trusting relationship between the therapist and client, to effect change and growth.
Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties. When creating visual images or objects, indiums utilise the right side of their brains – the same side that is sued before spoken language develops. It is where visual and somatic memories are stored. This is unique to creative and movement based therapeutic ways of working, in contrast to verbal therapies.
Art Psychotherapy uses a psychodynamic, non-directive, person-centred approach, allowing the client to work through difficulties they may have at their own pace, and in a manner that is appropriate and meaningful to them. This is essential when addressing painful or confusing experiences that are often overwhelming and upsetting to talk or think about.
Using art materials to make images or objects that can be thought about and reflected upon with a qualified and registered Art Psychotherapist, can help relieve difficult or painful feelings and can increase general well-being.
This evidence based way of working has been proven to work particularly well with children, young people, those who have communication challenges, and those with adverse childhood experiences, as it does not rely upon the spoken word to communicate and express our internal world, or develop relationships.