New Art Therapy Service
We are very pleased to offer a new Art Therapy service which could meet more of the needs in the wider community.
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing.
Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.” (https://www.baat.org/About-Art-Therapy)
Art Therapy can be beneficial to anyone, regardless of age, ability or previous artistic experience. It can be particularly helpful for those who struggle with conventional modes of communication, enabling a stronger sense of connection and belonging.
Art therapy can be a gentle way to work through trauma, a way to process difficult feelings and make life affirming internal changes.
Art therapy can be a reflective space to make sense of the world,especially during these challenging times.
These 40 minute one to one sessions are led by Hannah Simons, qualified and practicing Art Psychotherapist. Hannah has an MA in Fine Art and an MA in Art Psychotherapy. She has many years of experience working to support children and adults in education, healthcare, mental health, and community settings.
A fundamental feature of Art Therapy is the therapeutic relationship which is established between the therapist and client.
Art therapy is a statutorily regulated profession in the U.K, Hannah is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (baat). She adheres to baat’s current Code of Ethics, Principles of Professional Practice and Guidelines.
What to expect
- Sessions are one to one and take place following an initial assessment session. The assessment session is necessary for establishing whether or how the clients specific needs and expectations can be met through art therapy.
- Sessions begin and end at the same time each week. The time boundary is an important aspect of the therapy as it provides containment.
- Clients will be offered a range of art materials to experiment with.
- Sessions involve the use of visual and tactile art media but art making can also be performative involving play and storytelling. For many clients talking is an important aspect of the art psychotherapy session, but complex and confusing emotions cannot always be expressed verbally. The process of art making and the creation of imagined narratives can be a life changing way to express, communicate and reflect on that which is unconscious and/or unspoken. The therapist bears witness to this process, providing containment, empathy, and reflection.
- The goals of art therapy are different for everyone but my hope is that clients develop a deeper, more loving and joyful connection with themselves and their place in the world.
- The content of sessions is confidential on the part of the therapist, unless there is a concern for safety. Notes and client artwork are stored in a private, secure environment.