What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a psychodynamic form of Psychotherapy, using a variety of art materials. The creative art process aims to facilitate a person’s engagement with the expressive and communicative potential of visual imagery, as a means of addressing emotional concerns which may be affecting an individual’s quality of life. It is a three way therapeutic process between the client, image, and therapist.
Art Therapy can be fun, challenging, and a stimulating form of self-expression. Through the making of images, models, and by the act of ‘playing’ with the art materials, one is able to express some of their ‘inner world’ of thoughts, feelings and fantasies. The focus is not on the technical or aesthetic merits of the artwork but upon valuing the use of art materials in a form that is meaningful for the individual.
What are the potential benefits of Art Therapy?
- To explore life events and transitions in a confidential and safe setting
- To safely release ‘bottled up’ emotions through the creative process
- To communicate using a non-verbal means of expression and/or to use imagery as a focused channel for discussion
- To gain a sense of freedom of expression by being able to ‘play’ with art materials, images and constructions
- To increase self-confidence
- To enhance self-esteem
Amanda qualified from Goldsmiths College, University of London as an Art Therapist in 1997. She holds state registration through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
Amanda has extensive experience facilitating both group work and individual Art Therapy sessions for adults, older people and children with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs, working in a variety of settings including; registered care homes, local community centres, the Voluntary Sector, in Education, the NHS, as well as private practice. She currently manages an Art Therapy service based in Angel, London, where she also sees private clients.
Fees for Art Therapy assessment, sessions, supervision:
During an initial assessment we will discuss the issues that you would like to explore during therapy.
- Assessments (1hr) – £30.00
- Individual Session – (1hr) £45.00
- Individual sessions for Students – (1hr) £35.00
- Supervision – (1hr) £45.00
Fees include the following:
- Safe storage of your art work from week to week
- Use of a range of graphic media
- Use of a range of paints; watercolours, ready mix and acrylic
- A variety of papers; sugar, cartridge, metallic, tissue
- Use of equipment; scissors, glue, brushes, erasures etc.
- Collage material
- Air drying clay
To book an assessment or for further information on group or sessional work please use the CONTACT form, thank you.