Art Psychotherapy www.arttherapyyorkshire.org.uk

The decision to practice Art Psychotherapy was inspired by my own curiosity regarding the emotional and psychological effect that looking at and making art has had throughout my life and my work, and to explore the therapeutic potential this offers in the recovery and management of mental and physical and emotional trauma.

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Art psychotherapy is a form of therapy that does not solely rely on talking, it can enable the expression of deep feelings and emotions that may be too painful or difficult to verbalise. The art making process can help this trauma to manifest in imagery or symbolism in a form that an art psychotherapist can work with to safely guide a client through confrontation, acceptance and management of life damaging issues.

Art therapy/Art Psychotherapy uses a wide variety of creative media to facilitate recovery or palliative care in children and adults suffering from psychological or physical trauma where difficulties in expression due to psychological or physiological factors may be evident.

This therapeutic model is being used with great effect in a number of settings and conditions, below is a list of just some of the areas where Art Psychotherapy has and continues to be used very effectively giving clients the opportunity to work through their problems and offering a much improved quality of life:

• Schools – working with both emotional and behavioral problems

• Working with victims of abuse whether the abuse is physical, sexual or verbal

• Adult mental health

• CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) encompassing the complete range of childhood emotional and psychological issues.

• LAC (Looked after Children) as part of the work often covered by CAMHS the specific needs of children in foster care whether long term or short term can be addressed.

• PTSD working with this debilitating issue can be very effective – Trauma victims - ex-servicemen - emergency service personnel

• Palliative care

• Hospitals – working with patients of all ages pre and post medical intervention

• Prisons and institutional care

• Learning difficulties

The essentially non-verbal nature of this therapy allows client and therapist to safely establish a productive relationship through the art making process giving the client the opportunity to find expression for physical and emotional trauma that has been too painful to verbalise. The art making forms a vital part of relationship through which feelings can be more safely experienced and explored giving the client the control over those painful issues and allowing them to understand and manage these feelings in the future.

My clinical experience includes working in both adult mental health services and child and family services offering me a depth of experience in a wide range of emotional and psychological issues with clients of all ages. I currently work with both individual clients and groups.