WHAT IS ARTS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Arts Psychotherapy helps us to know ourselves better in relation to the world engaging the feeling and thinking parts of the brain.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Integrative Arts Psychotherapy is a process of deepening awareness, increasing choice and changing behavior, helping you to understand your problems differently and find new ways of responding.
In my practice I integrate psychological theories with an opportunity to engage with the arts. Providing a safe space to build a trusting and secure relationship, we explore aspects of life using a range of creative processes. Moving between talking and using the arts, I offer an empathic holding presence supporting you to work with your inner world.
WHEN WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH
Life causes us to develop defensive strategies, working with the arts and image can offer added opportunities for bypassing defenses. Art can hold many meanings at once supporting expression and communication, engaging the unconscious, calming the mind, containing the unspeakable and facilitating healing when particular issues or feelings are too difficult to talk about.
WHO IS IT FOR ?
People come to Psychotherapy because it allows them an opportunity to explore feelings, beliefs, thoughts and events, supporting change and growth on a personal level in a safe and confidential environment.
I support adults and young people to live a more satisfying life, working towards a deeper understanding of painful and difficult feelings, especially when these impact negatively on lives and relationships in the present.
It can be beneficial in a wide range of cases, including anxiety, depression, relationships, self esteem, panic attacks, dissatisfaction, self harm, eating disorders, coping with change and loss, mid-life challenges, addiction, trauma, grief, or other types of physical, mental or emotional challenges.
Psychotherapy is able to provide a space that has the capacity to transform lives and create lasting change. The Arts can provide a transformative place to connect to unconscious material. No previous experience of art is necessary.
Depending on your reason for engaging, Arts Psychotherapy can be short or long term.