What is Therapy
There are different types of therapy; talking therapies, creative therapies etc. Some are regulated and require qualifications at a certain level and some do not. It is important to make sure you know that your therapist is qualified and registered with a recognised body. Therapy can help all sorts of people in lots of different situations for lots of different reasons including physical, emotional, behavioural, educational. You may also hear some therapists referred to as counsellors, therapists or psychotherapists.
Therapy is for anyone who's going through a bad time or has emotional problems they need help with.
For many people it may be the same or more effective than medication.
What is Art Therapy
Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses a mix of talking and art making.
You do not need to be good at art to use art therapy. Art Therapy is not an art class and the aim is not to increase your art skills or make finished pieces of art for exhibiting.
You may talk with your art therapist about your personal problems, your artwork and your feelings and thoughts. The aim is for you and your therapist to work together, using the art you make to think about what is happening for you personally. Sometimes this can be very moving, or even upsetting for a while.
Art therapy is a statutorily regulated profession and in the United Kingdom only those persons who are appropriately qualified and registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (‘HCPC’) may legally describe themselves as art therapists or art psychotherapists. I have received extensive training in working with people who have problems and are in distress. I am insured, have a DBS and I am a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).