Art Psychotherapy is a relatively recent development. Here at Bath Avenue, we are delighted to be able to offer it as a service. The therapeutic effects of making art have long been known. Recently, it is being used by qualified psychotherapists to help individuals with the issues that they are facing in their lives.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
It is a specialised form of psychotherapy that uses art and creativity to encourage and empower the individual to express themselves. The client uses art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. This allows them to communicate to the therapist in a way that they previously could not or did not feel comfortable.
Who uses Art Psychotherapy?
For a start, it is not just for artists. The individual does not need any creative skills or experience as there is absolutely no judgement based on aesthetic merit. It is not an art lesson nor does the session have the goal of producing a work of art.
It is for those who, for various reasons, are not in a position to effectively communicate with their therapist. Some individuals struggle to find the words to express themselves. Others feel uncomfortable verbalising feelings to the therapist.
Personal and Creative development
Art Psychotherapy is not just used by those with emotional difficulties. More and more people are turning to this form of therapy for personal and creative development. It attracts people who simply want a pleasurable and insightful experience. Individuals can explore themselves in greater detail by engaging with a qualified psychotherapist with a view to becoming a happier and healthier person.
Art Psychotherapy at Bath Avenue
Art Psychotherapy is an integral part of Bath Avenue’s services. It was hugely important to us to have highly qualified therapists with the necessary skills to take care of our clients. We were delighted to welcome Ella Reilly and Deirdre Cunningham onto our team of therapists. They work with a range of people including children, adolescents and families.