What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art psychotherapy is a form of therapy that uses a mixture of art making and talking to facilitate the expression, processing and exploration of young peoples’ difficulties using a creative and symbolic process. In the Hope Service, Art Psychotherapy sessions can be run on an individual or group basis dependent upon need.
Do young people need to be good at art to do Art Psychotherapy?
There is no need to be good at art, but young people need be able to engage with the art materials on any level that they can manage. The art therapy room can also provide the opportunity to be playful with art materials and reconnect with early childhood and/or traumatic experiences.
How can art work help?
Many young people struggle to make sense of, and verbalise, their difficulties. Art making externalises these unprocessed experiences and enables safe reflection within the containing therapeutic relationship.