Frequently Asked Questions
Is Art Psychotherapy a new therapy?
Although Art Psychotherapy is a relatively young therapeutic discipline, its roots lie in the use of the arts in the 'moral treatment' of psychiatric patients in the late 18th century. Art Psychotherapy as a profession began to evolve in the 1950’s and 1960’s when a number of psychiatrists brought artists into mental health hospitals to work with patients. These were the individuals who pioneered that work went on to develop art therapy. The British Association of Art Therapists was formed in 1964. In 1972 the first post graduate training programme commenced and the profession has been developing ever since.
What sort of person goes to Art Psychotherapy?
All sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds have attended art therapy and have found it beneficial. A person who is struggling with difficult feelings, thoughts and behaviours and wants to resolve some of the difficulties they are experiencing could benefit from art therapy.
But I'm rubbish at art, can I still have Art Psychotherapy?
Of course, people who attend Art Psychotherapy sessions do not need to be good at art. The most important aspect of Art Psychotherapy is a willingness to play with the materials on offer. Sessions are very different from Art classes you may have experienced at school.
How long do sessions last?
Individual sessions are 1 hour long. However, if you feel you need to leave the session early for whatever reason, this is completely acceptable. However, reduced rates are not accepted as I will spent the whole hour thinking about you even if you are not in the room.
How long will I need to be in Art Psychotherapy sessions for?
This depends on each individual and sessions are tailored to your needs. Art Psychotherapy is generally a long-term treatment but this will be discussed at intervals throughout your therapy and decide together when it is the right time to end our therapeutic journey together.
What happens to the images that I make during Art Psychotherapy sessions?
All of the images made during sessions are stored either in a box (3D models) or a folder in a locked cupboard at the therapy centre. This is to ensure confidentiality. When therapy ends, you will be invited to take the images with you or you may choose me to look after them. This will be entirely your decision, one that feels right for you.
Does my GP or employer need to know that I am attending Art Psychotherapy Sessions?
I will not share information about your attendance in therapy with your employer or GP unless you specifically request this and you give your consent to share information. You will be asked for your GP details and details of other professionals who may be involved with your care, but these details are only used in emergency situations and the decisions to contact them will be thought about together.
How confidential are Art Psychotherapy sessions?
All information, conversations and artwork, will be treated respectfully and in a confidential manner. However, if there is any cause for concern regarding risk to yourself or others, I have a duty to share these concerns with other relevant professionals.