What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art psychotherapy uses both talking psychotherapy and the creative process. Making art within a safe therapeutic environment can help you to connect to feelings where words may be insufficient or difficult. The image develops and creates a new narrative, acting as your voice. Making the image and talking about it, offers another connection and perspective. The image is not there as a work of art as such. It is your unique way-in toward helping understand yourself better.
As with talking psychotherapy, understanding yourself better can help you to process and then build inner stability and confidence. Sharing your creativity with a professional art psychotherapist can be a cathartic experience. You do not need to have any artistic talents or skills. It is not an art lesson. It is an exploration of your thoughts and feelings, however, some clients prefer not to make art. There is no right or wrong choice, it is whatever you are comfortable with. The art materials are always there, if you decide you might like to try them out. Every session is focussed on meaning and what is important to you. At your pace.
What is Talking Therapy?
Psychotherapy involves talking with a trained psychotherapist. A psychotherapist listens carefully to both verbal and non-verbal communications. Part of the work is to be able to help link up thoughts and feelings that may have an effect on behaviour and moods. Through talking therapy, you can share your experiences confidentially in a safe therapeutic environment. This can offer a sense of release and insight allowing you to develop self-assurance and stability. Sharing what is on your mind and how that makes you feel can help you observe patterns in your life which may be helpful to change.
Negative patterns and communications can begin very early in life. Using psychotherapy can allow us to think together about how future communications and relationships might be more effective, satisfying and fulfilling. I combine both psychotherapy (talking therapy) and art making psychotherapy. However, some clients prefer not to make art. There is no right or wrong choice, it is whatever you are comfortable with. The art materials are always there, if you decide you might like to try them out. Every session is focused on meaning and what is important to you. At your pace.
Lisa Gorman is a registered Art Psychotherapist in Fulham, London SW6. Using art & talking psychotherapy techniques, she helps children & adults overcome adverse thoughts & feelings.
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