There can be many reasons why, at different times in our life, we may experience feelings of anxiety, depression, or simply not feel like ourselves. Bereavement, trauma, stress and anxiety can cause difficulties in our relationships, jobs and or family life. My aim is to gently explore these feelings with you.
I am a qualified HCPC accredited art psychotherapist, which means that when words are not enough, you will have the opportunity to use various art media to help you express and communicate what you are feeling.
So how can the arts and art therapy help you? Perhaps a good place to start might be to answer any concerns about needing to be able to draw. Art therapy is not about ability or skill, it's about finding your voice, your way of expressing, particularly at times when words fail us and our feelings are confusing or distressing. There is no right or wrong way when using the arts in therapy and any images that emerge are respected and seen as insights into other ways of seeing what it is that has brought you to therapy.
The link between our emotional and physical health, has been a topic of much research in recent decades. Learning to listen to the body in therapy, by tuning into any physical sensations that may arise, helps us to build a nurturing and trusting relationship with ourselves. This in itself promotes change and healing whilst also offering us the opportunity to explore the links between past and present, in the here-and-now experience of what you are feeling.