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Art Therapy with Adults
How can Art Therapy help adults?
It could be helpful for some adults who struggle emotionally to explore their feelings through art making alongside an Art Therapist who is there to support the individual during their process. Art making provides an opportunity for symbolic expression of the non-verbal aspects of feelings. Exploring issues by putting them into symbolic form can be more powerful than words, which can be viewed as a type of symbolic speech.
The Art Therapist is there to support and work in partnership with the individual in their process of understanding the meaning of their images, which provides a focus for discussion, self-evaluation and healing.
Art Therapy can be fun, providing a space to be creative while exploring issues the individual struggles with. It also provides the opportunity for social interaction, in individual therapy with the Art Therapist, and in group Art Therapy with other group participants as well.
Art Therapy stimulates the mind and the senses, which can help develop health and well-being on both neurological and psychological levels.
Art Therapy can help with:
- Family difficulties
- Trauma (treatment of PTSD and CPTSD)
- Emotional difficulties
- Coping with Physical or Neurological Illnesses
- Communication issues
What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy provides the time and space to explore problems or conflicts in a safe environment.
Art Therapy takes place at the same time each week.
The art making provides the opportunity to express thoughts, feelings and concerns about issues through imagery and non-verbal communication.
You do not have to be good at art because, in Art Therapy, the art making process and the therapeutic relationship is the vehicle for change.
However, some people gain artistic skills during sessions and might want to develop further as artists.
Referrals to Art Therapy
You can self-refer to Art Therapy or your GP, social worker or other professional may refer you. Please, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or using the contact page.
I offer either group or individual Art Therapy, due to Covid-19, held online at the same time and day each week. Both short and long term Art Therapy can be offered.
What happens to the artwork?
The artwork is usually stored with the art therapist. However, sometimes the individual wishes to take it with them. At the end of therapy the individual can decide what they want to do with the art work they made during the course of therapy.
Will everything be confidential?
The sessions are private and confidential. However, if I get the impression that you or someone else might be harmed, I have a duty of care to inform your GP, social worker, Occupational Health or other professional.
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