Quick Overview

Group participation in the Art Therapy Taster Session. August 2018

Individual Art Therapy Sessions

Individual art therapy, also known as one-to-one work, usually takes place once a week at the same time. Referrals are accepted from Organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes.

Children must have permission from a carer before a referral is made.

Private referrals must have a G.P or care professional before a referral is made. The individual sessions last for 50 minutes, usually once a week. Recommended Schedule: A commitment to weekly or bi-weekly sessions is encouraged to maintain the continuity and focus of the work.

Group Art Therapy Sessions

Art therapy groups are a helpful way to explore personal and group themes. In a supportive, non-judgmental and confidential space, participants can paint and reflect together. Group work is 1.5 hours. (90 Minutes) It is possible to try a session to see if you like it. Recommended Schedule: A commitment to weekly or bi-weekly sessions is encouraged to maintain the continuity and focus of the work.

Online Individual Art Therapy

Reflection, expressing feelings/emotions. Insight/self-awareness. Emotional worries. Coping with change. Stress and anxiety. Relationship difficulties. Making decisions. Realising one’s own potential. Relaxation and self-inquiry/self-confrontation. Get to know you’re feeling self intimately. Give yourself space to be. Take an active, rather than passive, approach to solving problems. 

No Art Experience Necessary

No experience of art is required, and no special artistic ability; there is no right way of doing it. This is also good for people who find it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. Safely use the media  in any way you would like.

An opportunity to find out about yourself

You can use the Art therapy sessions to explore your options. You are your best expert.  I do not give advice in sessions to clients or give advice to professionals in your care. I will feed back to multidisciplinary meetings about the attendance of sessions and how the sessions were used. You will not be “told off” or told that your art is “wrong”. You can come to therapy with any worries or difficulties and you can talk about them or make something. You will be treated with dignity and respect. I do not administer medication or give advice on medication of any kind. I will listen to you in a private and confidential setting, offering you my full attention and respect. 

You reveal what you want 

Art made by the client can often give clues as to what is happening in that person’s life. But ultimately, the client knows how they are really feeling. When the person is ready to talk about things in the sessions, the therapist will be there to listen.

Confidentiality

I do not tell people that you attend any Art Therapy session or art group. Your G.P. or your health professional will have to be notified. You can tell anyone you attend, if you wish.  Confidentiality is not absolute and there are circumstances in which information can or must be released. 

Data Protection Act. 

Personal data will not be released to a third party where this contravenes the Data Protection Act. However, it is justifiable to make a disclosure without consent: when a student under the age of 18 or a vulnerable adult is believed to be at serious risk of harm; when there is evidence of serious public harm or risk of harm to others; when there is evidence of serious health risk to an individual; when instructed to do so by a court or other statutory agency; in the prevention, detection or prosecution of crime. Check my confidentiality page for more information.

Crisis intervention…do not wait

Don’t wait. Call the emergency services or call a friend. Talk about it and give your self a chance, tomorrow is a new day and you may not feel the same. http://www.samaritans.org

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those, which could lead to suicide. See my Emergency Page 

Testimonials

To protect your privacy I do not post or disclose testimonials. Psychotherapy is a very private matter, it is up to you if you wish to make testimonials about Art Therapy with me

Endings

Art Therapy will end when you think that enough has been achieved for now or when you have reached the end of the agreed maximum number of sessions. Endings can bring up a variety of feelings within you. Ending therapy can be explored using art-making. Your care providers will be notified of your Art Therapy sessions ending.

Benefits of Art Therapy

Anyone can be creative in some form or another. By using art, you see things about yourself that you otherwise may not have seen. It can aid you to process the unseen and therefore heal yourself. It is not a quick fix! Art can help to reduce pain, anxiety, and tension in your life. Art can help people with their social skills, shy people can express themselves. Angry people can explore themselves. Art encourages self-discovery and emotional growth. You do not have to talk all the time to benefit from Art Therapy.

Art Therapy can aid with self-discovery, relaxation and stress relief, personal fulfilment, empowerment and symptom relief and physical rehabilitation. Art Therapy can be active, physical, fun, and stimulating. Art can bring out what has been hidden. Art helps with your story where you can find your own voice. Art Therapy can make you feel whole. Art making solve problems by looking with a different perspective. Behaviours can be challenged using Art Therapy in a safe and dignified way. By using Art Therapy you can strengthen your sense of self.  Art making boosts our self-esteem and self-confidence.

BEFORE YOU MAKE THAT CALL TO ME….

Please only contact me regarding Art Therapy Sessions only. Courses, Volunteering and Placements can be searched for by using your favourite search engine. Due to the amount of text messages I have been receiving I will no longer respond to them, or treat them as non-priority (extremely slower response) if they are not regarding Art Therapy session inquiries

Therapy with other Therapists

If you are in therapy with another therapist, please let me know. We all work differently and it is best that you either continue with your original therapist, or, start a new relationship with me. It is not advisable to have therapy with too many therapists. There are many different techniques that are used in art therapy and knowing which one to use at what time is one of the art therapist’s toughest jobs. Because each case is unique and each client is different, the art therapist must custom fit the art therapy for each individual client.

Need a Home Visit?

I am based in the Royal borough of Greenwich, London. f you find it hard to get around, would a home visit help? Depending on myself carrying out a risk assessment, depending on the  location and my availability, let me know of your interest in using art therapy for your personal growth

Payment

Payment for Art Therapy must be made on the day of service. Skype or online Art Therapy is paid for before the session begins. I accept cash, and PayPal © No cheques please. You are WHOLLY RESPONSIBLE for paying for your sessions, irrespective of if you are being funded/sponsored/loaned or paying from your own finances

New venues 

I will be facilitating Art Therapy from a venue in Plumstead. It has easy access to transport and parking. It is near schools, nurseries and after school clubs. There are amenities such as shops, and doctor’s surgery very close to the venue. 

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Attendance and Timekeeping

Attendance and timekeeping are important to us. Please let me know if you are unable to attend in good time. You will be charged for the session otherwise. If you arrive late, you will be charged for the full session. I have a page dedicated to attendance 

Storing of, removal and discarding of art work

I follow The British Association of Art Therapist (BAAT) guidelines for the timescale of keeping notes and art work.  All record keeping and art work is stored confidentially and secure.  This is within requirements of the Data Protection Act (1998).  I also follow The British Association of Art Therapist (BAAT) guidelines for the timescale of keeping notes and art work.  Online Art Therapy: I will email a permission form for photographs of your work, for supervision purposes. If you wish to have your work at the end of one-to-one or group therapy, you can do so. If you wish for it to be destroyed or you wish to discard of it, again you have that choice. I will ask for permission to either photograph the work or take it to my supervision.