What is art therapy?
Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media to support expression and communication alongside talking. Images are used to work with emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. The Arts and image can provide a place to connect to unconscious material, using the arts can offer added opportunities for bypassing defenses.
The art can hold many meanings at once supporting expression and communication, calming the mind, containing the unspeakable and facilitating healing when particular issues or feelings are too difficult to talk about.
Providing a safe space to build a trusting and secure relationship, we explore aspects of life using a range of creative processes, offering an empathic holding presence supporting you to work with your inner world.
Art Therapist is a professional title protected by law through HCPC registration to ensure high standards of proficiency.
At the Bury practice, our HCPC and UKCP accredited Art Therapists are IATE trained at Masters level as Integrative Arts Psychotherapists, we integrate psychoanalytic and person centered psychological theories, psycho-education, mindfulness, neuro-science, mentalization-based treatments and the arts.
As Art therapists we work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may work on personal development and growth or have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses.
Art therapy is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.
Arts media available to use include: Paints, pastels, charcoal, pencils, clay and sculpture, sandtray, collage, postcards, poetry, drama, puppets, working with dreams, bodywork/movement and music.
Importantly, art therapy practice has evolved to reflect the cultural and social diversity of the people who engage in it.
Our Clinicians who offer this service are: