Art Psychotherapy (or Art Therapy) is a recognised, regulated, psychological therapy which alongside talking with the art therapist, uses a range of art materials to help express thoughts and feelings. It aims to reduce distress and improve social, emotional and mental health by promoting insight, self-compassion and a sense of agency and self-worth.
During art therapy you are supported by an art therapist to use art to express and articulate often complex thoughts and feelings through art making. This may be following difficult or traumatic experiences which may be hard to talk about. It can help you make sense of things and understand yourself better as well as:
Clients do not need to have any previous art experience or talent as an artist; the therapy is about communicating thoughts and emotions through different images and objects, and not about creating a work of art to hang on the wall. It is suitable for all ages across the lifespan.