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Art Psychotherapy 

Clinical Supervision

 

What is Art Therapy?


The British Association of Art Therapists describes Art therapy as a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication and as a medium toaddress emotional issues and thoughts which may be confusing and distressing.


Clients may attend art therapy for vastly differing reasons:  these may include emotional, behavioural, or mental health problems; learning or physical disabilities; life-limiting conditions; neurological conditions and physical illnesses. 


Or a client might simply want to maintain good mental health practices and access art therapy to help them stay well.



Who can benefit from Art Therapy?


People of all ages and abilities can benefit from having time and space to reflect, express and make-meaning through a supported, therapeutic art process. Together with a qualified art therapist, the complexity of our unique lived experience can be explored and understood in unexpected ways.

I have extensive experience of working creatively and therapeutically with adults, in the areas of:

•    Abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual

•    Addictions

•    Anxiety

•    Depression

•    Gender Identity

•    Psychosexual issues

•    Sexuality

•    Stress

•    The aftermath of organized violence

•    Terminal Illness

•    Trauma 

•    Mental Ill Health


FAQs

‘Do I need to be good at Art?’

This question is often asked, and the simple answer is “no, not at all”. All you need is a willingness to have a go. Everyone can doodle, make marks, play with plasticine, arrange things on a mantelpiece. These are all creative acts.

It is understandable if initially you find yourself a little anxious, but as your Art Therapist I will support you to explore that and move into the artmaking. The artwork you create will be valued for the meaning it has for you and not judged by anyone’s criteria of what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ art. The focus is more on the process than the product.


‘I’m interested in Art Therapy – what next?’

Art Therapy begins with an initial assessment interview – its purpose is to get to know you; for you to get to get to know how I work as an Art Therapist, and what Art Therapy could look like for you. If we both agree that we can work together, then we will sign a contract covering consent, confidentiality, agreed time frame and payment.

My Art Therapy practice is based in Belfast.


Fees

£ 45 per session (1 hour)(if fees are a significant barrier I can occasionally offer a discretionary reduction).




Clinical Supervision

I offer clinical supervision of therapeutic practice, in person or online (Zoom).  I hold a level 6 certificate in ‘Creative Supervision of Practice Across the Age Range’, and as such, I supervise the clinical work of therapist and arts therapists alike.


I am happy to discuss your particular supervisory needs by phone or email, to see if we would be a suitable match.


Supervision can be purely verbal, but my training as an art therapist and creative supervisor has taught me that creative approaches can help us access knowledge and attitudes, we might otherwise be unaware of owning.  Creativity in supervision is a wonderful resource.


About Me


I have been working with Art and Creativity in a therapeutic setting since 1994, working with adults in multi-disciplinary teams and independently. My work has been diverse with many years in a cross-cultural setting; I now offer Art Therapy in my practice in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I am an HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist, holding an MSc in Art Psychotherapy from UEL, and am a full member of BAAT.

I am also a clinical supervisor with a level 6 certificate in ‘Creative Supervision of Practice Across the Age Range’.

My approach is person-centred, client and compassionate led and I draw upon a variety of theories and practices. I work with the client to set goals in accordance with the clients’ needs and strengths and towards the best possible outcome and quality of life.


With a colleague I also offer Reflective Practice and Self-Care Retreats.

Inner Outings – www.inneroutings.co.uk


Contact - colin@inspirarte.co.uk  

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