Therapy provides individuals with the necessary tools to deal with their personal problems and emotional irregularities that they have otherwise been unable to deal with themselves. All therapeutic services provide a safe and calm environment, wherein individuals can discuss their thoughts and feelings with a trained professional; who, in turn, can provide constructive feedback and ask questions to help guide the individual to the root of their problems.
Art and expressive based therapies add to the standard therapeutic practices through the medium of art and creative expression. By using art, individuals are able to express themselves on a much deeper level, using a canvas or piece of paper to expose parts of themselves that they lack the ability to vocalize. Through the medium of art, thoughts and feelings are expressed far more freely and openly, as the process of vocalizing some emotions can have a strong negative impact on the participant. Art, however, gives them the ability to fully express themselves without the need for words.
WHAT DO WE DO WITH SCHOOLS?
We provide a number of services to schools such as workshops, teacher training and collaborative therapeutic care within the school.
We collaborate with parents and school personnel in order to understand a child’s developmental challenges and issues in relation to learning, behaviour and emotional wellbeing.
We use a variety of assessment methods to evaluate:
- Cognitive and emotional development
- Academic strengths/weaknesses
- Interpersonal relationships
We work closely with students, staff, and families to help solve conflicts, learning, and adjustment challenges.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ART THERAPY AND AN ART LESSON?
Art therapy differs from an art lesson in that it is geared around your emotional wellbeing and has very little to do with teaching artistic techniques. The most important aspect in creating art in art therapy is the process, not the end result. See our assessments for more information.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD AT ART?
Art Therapy does not require you to be an amazingly skilled artist. Art acts as a medium to expressing one’s feelings during the therapeutic process, being good at art is not important.
ARE YOU GOING TO ANALYSE MY ART?
Art Therapists can garner some insight into an individual’s mental state from their art work by analyzing specific images and marks created during the art making process. Materials used, images depicted, size and colors can all shed light on an individual’s thoughts and feelings. These pictures also offer a mean for an individual’s sub-conscious to take hold and bring issues to light that you may not have been consciously aware of, leading to learning and self-discovery.
IS ART(S) THERAPY JUST FOR CHILDREN?
Art(s) therapy is useful for all ages and is not specifically geared for children alone. Art therapy was originally created for World War 2 survivors suffering the psychological effects of war, but was later adapted to be used for children as well.
IS ART THERAPY NEW?
Art Therapy, as a profession, has over 50 years’ worth of history and has been developed primarily in the west. Art has been used as medium for self-expression throughout history, however, only came to be solidified as a singular profession post World War 1.
HOW DO I BECOME A PSYCHOTHERAPIST (ART THERAPIST)?
To be an Art Therapist you need to have a Postgraduate or Masters in Art Therapy, Expressive Art Therapy or Art Psychotherapy. Music Therapists, Drama Therapists, Play Therapists and Dance and Movement Therapists should all have this two-year postgraduate/masters level qualification. If you do not hold these qualifications then you cannot be considered an expressive therapist and are not qualified to use expressive therapeutic practices.
If you are interested in learning more, then join our Foundation in Art Therapy accredited course, in collaboration with the British Association of Art Therapists. [insert link to foundation course]
All Art Therapists, counsellors and psychotherapists need to undertake their own therapy as part of their training.