WHAT IS ART THERAPY?
The primary aim of Art Therapy is to accomplish change and personal growth using art materials within a safe, facilitating relationship and environment either individually or in a group.
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as one of its modes of communication. It is practised by qualified registered Art Therapists who can work can with children, young people and adults.
At Outskirts we work therapeutically, using a feminist therapy model that includes the exploration of external realities impacting on an individual’s experience, as well as the personal.
Clients may come to use Art Therapy to address a wide range of issues. These issues may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Struggling with specific life events such as past trauma, bereavement, sexual, physical or emotional abuse.
• Experiencing oppression or descrimination.
• Experiencing emotional difficulties or stress
• Suffering with depression or other mental health difficulties.
• Struggling with anxiety.
• Engaging in a process of self exploration.
• Suffering with low self esteem.
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.
WHY USE ART?
Using art materials to make images which can be thought about with a qualified and registered Art Therapist may help relieve difficult and painful feelings and can help increase general well being.
Sometimes it can be hard to talk directly about difficulties and feelings so communicating through another medium may be easier or more appropriate. Often words cannot be used or found to describe thoughts and feelings but the processes involved in image making and the images themselves can help to do so.
Issues can often feel confusing and overwhelming. When words alone don’t seem to be enough the art making process can help in making sense of difficult feelings.
These are just some of the reasons for the ‘art’ in Art Therapy.
WHAT IS AN ART THERAPIST?
A registered Art Therapist is someone who has undertaken an approved training in Art Psychotherapy to a post graduate level and who is registered with the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HPCP).
If you are wanting to self refer for either group or individual art therapy sessions or you are a professional wanting to refer a client please check back with us for updates on when we will have services up and running.