Therapeutic Interventions

Art Therapy

What is Art Therapy?

Art Psychotherapy is an accessible and expressive form of psychotherapy in which the child is able to explore their feelings using a selection of art materials (such as pens, paint, clay, charcoal, paper and pastels) in the presence of a qualified Art Psychotherapist.

Carl Jung Collected Works Volume 16, The Practice of Psychotherapy

Often it is necessary to clarify a vague content by giving it a visible form. This can be done by drawing, painting, or modeling. Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”

Child using pastels in Art TherapyArt Therapy in School

Together, the Art Psychotherapist and the child share joint attention, watching the design and formation of the art object. Much important psychological information can be gleaned from the way in which the child interacts with the materials, the room and the therapist.

The creative act of art-making can engage people in the development of their own personal narrative and help them to thoughtfully consider how they have arrived at where they are.

The inclusion of the art object in the therapeutic encounter changes the traditional two-way dynamic which exists usually between therapist and client, creating a triadic (or three-point) relationship within which to interact.

This can be helpful for individuals who do not feel as comfortable relying on verbal exchange and therefore the intervention is particularly well suited for clients who are children, who speak more than one language or who have disabilities which may impede their verbal communication skills. Art Psychotherapy allows individuals access to interventions which do not rely as heavily on the spoken word, promoting inclusion and equality through accessibility to psychological support services.

Children in your school could benefit from Art Therapy. To find out more, fill in the form below or call Deirdre McConnell on 0844 967 1111.

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