What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication within a therapeutic relationship.
The therapy aims to help people tell their story. During sessions people are encouraged to use the space at their own pace and they have the option of giving their story a shape of their choice.
Art psychotherapy is a semi-structured exploratory approach based on psychodynamic principles. It’s client-led, non-directive and is focused on a strong therapeutic relationship and the development of self-awareness through the creative use of art.
Opportunity for safe and contained self-expression.
Emotional recognition and regulation
Opportunity to communicate, externalise and materialise experiences and feelings that could be otherwise perceived as unbearable or that are difficult to name.
The image may aid understanding between current thoughts, feelings and behaviour and the individual's past experiences.
Development of emotional resilience, self-esteem and confidence as well as self-awareness and coping skills.
Build on strengths, open up and enhance communication.
Achievement/regain of personal control or sense of agency.
Emotional growth, self-esteem, psychological and social integration
Art materials and tools are available to facilitate non-verbal communication and the exploration of feelings, thoughts and relationship dynamics. The intervention is non- interpretative and art is used as an alternative form of communication to help clients access their thoughts and feelings and place them into perspective. The use of art within the therapeutic relationship encourages clients to construct their own meaning and developing self-understanding which facilitates change.
Art Therapists are registered and regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and The British Association of Art Therapists. Art Therapists adhere to HCPC and BAAT code of ethics and the supporting Principles of Professional Practice and Guidelines. For more information about art psychotherapy visit the British Association of Art Therapists: https://www.baat.org and the Health and Care Professions Council https://www.hcpc-uk.org