Art Therapies

Art Therapies

In counselling and psychotherapy art therapies encourage clients to use artistic expression to communicate their problems in different ways to their therapist.

One of the approaches used by ACCPH therapists is Art TherapiesThe creative expression of art therapies has been found to assist in the recovery of mental distress. By using creative arts in a therapeutic setting with a specialist therapist clients are able to draw on their inner resources and express their thoughts and emotions without speaking.

Art therapies are types of psychotherapy that uses art and other artistic mediums to help people challenge their thoughts and emotions in a different way. The concept is to use art as the primary means of communication, something that can be useful for those who find it difficult to say how they feel.

These modalities are practical, use physical objects and require movement. This frequently enables people to experss more about how they view nd feel the world around them.

Art therapies can be beneficial to many groups of people including children, the elderly and those in custody. participants do not need to be good at art, drama or music as their work cannot be criticised as it is their expression of emotions being released.

We have included just three forms of art therapy here but others are available. You must work with someone with specialist training for this to be fully effective.


Art therapy

ACCPH art therapiesArt therapy is psychotherapy that uses physical objects and actions to communicate a person’s emotions and feelings. This usually gives some insight into what client is experiencing. Art therapy is a three-way process between the client, the therapist and the art.

Art therapy sessions are either one-to-one or in a group depending on the needs of those taking part. These sessions can be in private practices, community centres, prisons, schools and hospitals. Sessions are about 1-1.5 hours and take place once a week or once every two weeks.

During the therapy session a participant can be as involved or uninvolved as they like. Before therapy starts the person will have a consultation with the therapist to discuss their problems and find out what they want from art therapy.

The client may asked to display their work in an exhibition as it often helps them to accept their emotions and feel accepted by other people. Nobody is forced exhibit if they do not want to. However; many people find the act of framing it helpful as it acts like a barrier trapping the painful emotions in the picture.

For much more information please visit the British Association of Art Therapists

Drama therapy

Drama therapists for drama therapyDrama therapy uses acting and performance in a therapeutic setting. This is to help the clients take part to express themselves through acting and address difficult problems in a more indirect way.

Tales and stories can capture our imagination. They take out of our reality, take us to different times, places and often into fictional worlds. When there people find that they are able experience thoughts and feelings that we hide in our everyday lives. This transformative power is used in drama therapy and psychodrama.

The fictional element acts as a filter. Any feelings encountered cannot overwhelm those taking part, they can be acknowledged and it is much easier to deal with anything that surfaces. Participants often experience a sense of catharsis during drama therapy.

For much more information please visit British Association of Dramatherapists

Music therapy

Music therapy by music therapists at ACCPHMusic therapy harnesses the power of music to encourage and express positive change. It has been used for a range of disorders including autism, dementia and anxieties.

Music has the power to change us emotionally. It can bring back good or bad memories, lift our spirits and soothe our soul or cause us to feel low and down. It is the positive emotional power that music therapy harnesses.

Music is something that just about everyone can relate to – singing along to a song, just listening to the radio or dancing in your bedroom.

Music therapy can help a range of people: those with emotional difficulties or physical limitations, young and old can benefit and improve communication in an experssive way

Music therapy involves listening to and/or playing music to engender self-awareness, better communication skills and self-esteem. It utilises the social and communicative power of music to create positive changes in behaviour.

The music therapist conducts sessions using different instruments and/or their voice. The aim is to provoke interaction and response from the participants and encourage emotional release from their problems.

For much more information please visit the British Association for Music Therapy

What qualifications does an Art, Drama or Music therapist need?

Art, Drama, and Music therapists or psychotherapists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Their titles are legally protected, and only those individuals that are registered with the HCPC are allowed themselves an Art, Drama or Music therapist. They must be able to prove this.

There are spcialist professional bodies for art therapists and many are registered with UKCP.