Art psychotherapy is a psychological therapy that uses art making as its main form of communication to help people think about their thoughts, feelings, experiences and behavior with the hope of gaining understanding or finding a way to come to terms with things. Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to begin talking about our feelings but communicating through pictures can be a more accessible way of describing what is going on. Many people find that the act of creation helps them to feel calmer and think more clearly and making a picture about a feeling or event may be a way to gain a new perspective on it or to deal with things that have been bottled up inside. Discussing your thoughts and feelings with an art psychotherapist in a confidential environment where you feel safe and accepted can help relieve stress and stop worries from building up. No artistic talent or experience is necessary as the therapy is not focused on your skill as an artist, but rather in thinking about who you are and what is important to you at this time.
Sessions are usually on a one-to-one basis, lasting up to an hour and are available for hospice patients and their relatives.
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