What is Art Therapy?

Art Psychotherapy is a state registered (HCPC) psychological therapy that uses art media as its primary form of communication within a therapeutic relationship. It is not dependent on spoken language and can therefore provide an accessible way to engage with difficult emotions.

You do not need to have any special skill in art to make use of Art therapy which makes this an accessible form of therapy for all ages. Typically, an individual session will be 50 minutes and will involve some talking and thinking together about the art making and the art making process. Group sessions are between 1 and 1.5 hours.

LCAT Art Psychotherapists work from a psychodynamic theoretical underpinning. This means they work with feelings and experiences in the here and now which can often relate to previous unresolved experiences. Psychodynamic Art Psychotherapy is process orientated which is different from other more directive forms of therapy. This can be an open-ended therapy to meet the needs of the individual or group.


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