What is Art therapy?

Art therapy is a creative form of psychotherapy that uses art, art materials, and the creative process as the primary way of communicating thoughts, feelings, and experiences, alongside talking with the art therapist.

The aim of art therapy is to offer a non-judgemental space where individuals can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, reduce distress, and improve social, emotional, and mental health by promoting insight, self-compassion, and a sense of agency and worth.

You do not need to have any previous experience of art, have any particular skills, or be ‘good’ at art, to make use of art therapy, just a willingness to explore with art materials.

How can Art therapy help me?

Art therapy can help with a range of emotional and behavioural issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Bereavement 
  • Chronic illness
  • Life transitions
  • Improving mental health
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Improving well-being