Art Psychotherapy

What is it?Art Therapy in Sussex with Michele Humphrey

Art Psychotherapy is a process of making images in the presence of a therapist. The art work is used to help express, understand and solve emotional difficulties and personal problems.

It’s based on psychoanalytical theory and is a 3-way process, focusing on the use of the art materials and the relationship between therapist and client.

Art Psychotherapy can enhance self understanding and tackle deeply rooted psychological problems. It’s often effective for people who may not respond well to ‘talking therapies’.

How does it work?

Many people are aware that it can be helpful to share their problems. However, some issues can feel too difficult, painful or traumatic to put into words. Sometimes difficulties can feel vague so it can be useful to gain awareness and understanding in a non-verbal way.

In art psychotherapy, an experienced therapist will be present to help clients communicate their feelings through images. The images can then be reflected on and this can lead to new insights, fresh approaches to familiar problems and personal growth and change.

Who is Art Psychotherapy for?

The list below indicates a range of difficulties that art psychotherapy can help with:

  • Depression and suicidal feelings
  • Loss, bereavement and grief
  • Low self esteem
  • Bullying
  • Family and relationship problems / attachment issues
  • Effects of abuse, emotional, physical or sexual
  • Anxiety, stress, panic attacks
  • Emotionally related health problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Sexuality and gender issues
  • Autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger’s
  • Emotional/behavioural difficulties
  • Communication or speech and language difficulties
  • Mental health issues
  • Psychosis

Contact Michele on 07771 641 886