Art Therapy Key Facts

Why is Art Therapy unique?…

Art Therapy (also known as Art Psychotherapy) is a creative way of exploring emotional difficulties. Art Therapy relies on a combination of elements:

• the relationship between the client and the Art Therapist
• the process of art making, not just spoken words
• the images produced
• the safe, reflective, confidential and non judgemental environment.

Anyone can benefit from Art Therapy. It’s not necessary to have previous experience or skill in using art materials. Sessions are not art lessons, but they are based upon strong therapeutic boundaries. You will experience many positive feelings associated with creativity, and the positive effects of a therapeutic relationship.

Why do people seek Art Therapy?…

People are unique and so are the reasons they seek Art Therapy. Usually people are in search of: relief, reassurance, a better understanding of uncomfortable feelings, thoughts or behaviours. The discomfort can be a response to a current situation, result from memories, or perhaps the root cause is unknown.
These difficulties may become present as physical symptoms, affect relationships, school work, social occasions and work life. Life can feel out of balance.

What are the benefits of attending Art Therapy?…

During Art Therapy sessions you may gain self esteem, feelings of anxiety and depression may decrease and relationships with friends, family and colleagues can become less problematic. Focus and clarity of thought can improve, and impulsivity can reduce. A different perspective can leave you feeling calmer, relaxed and more grounded.

What do Art Therapy sessions involve?…

Treatment begins with an initial meeting to better understand your difficulties. We will discuss treatment options tailored to your individual needs and agree the best way forward. Some people only require support for a few weeks, others may benefit from longer treatment.
Sessions tend to be once a week at a regular time and day. This provides a consistent space for the therapy. Individual sessions last for 50 minutes.
During weekly sessions, a variety of art materials are available for you to use to explore a creative expression in the presence of your Art Therapist. The focus remains on the way we relate to each other and the art materials.

Where do sessions take place?…

Karen Sawyer can offer you individual, family or small group sessions in a private, comfortable consulting room, with easy parking and a central location in Tring, Hertfordshire (near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire). Karen is also available in Berkhamsted and South Bucks by prior arrangement.

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