What is Art Therapy?
Art Therapy is a specialised type of psychotherapy that uses art as its main form of communication. Issues and problems are worked through creatively using a wide variety of art media including paint, canvas, clay, oil pastels, conte pastels, charcoal, watercolours, and collage. This type of therapy intervention is not reliant on words alone but rather a creative process that can help access unconscious aspects of an individual’s past experiences to work through, process and understand them in the present day.
Who can access Art Therapy and NI Counselling?
- You can make contact with us by various means, options are on our ‘contact page’.
- Our experienced Intake Coordinator will collectively gain confidential information via email, telephone and/or you referral form to learn more about your individual situation how we can best support you.
- Our Intake coordinator will match a therapist to you, to best meet your needs.
- Your allocated therapist will contact you to arrange your initial assessment session, at a time to best suit.
- During your confidential assessment session your therapist will learn more about your needs, how they can best support you, and answer any questions you may have. If you are happy to move forward your therapist will arrange ongoing appointments to best suit you both.
What Types of Issues can be Worked on In Art Therapy?
There are a wide range of difficulties that can be worked on in art therapy with an approach adapted to suit the individual. An initial assessment will be offered at the beginning, then normally 6 sessions will be attended with a review to establish progress made to date. Sessions may be short term or longer-term and this is dependent on the individual’s presenting issues, needs, and goals. Some issues that may be worked on in art therapy include:
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
- Attachment issues
- Disability (learning/physical)
- Emotional regulation
- Family difficulties
- Suicidal ideation
A trusting relationship between you and your therapist is the most important factor in achieving a positive outcome in therapy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me
Additional Support NI Counselling can assist you with:
Affairs & Betrayals
Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
Body dysmorphic disorder
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome /ME
Generalised anxiety disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Passive aggressive behaviour
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pregnancy and birth
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
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We have appointments available online and by telephone, we also have face-to-face appointments available at our various office locations across Northern Ireland - our head office is in Antrim town.