Kate Guscott -

Art Psychotherapist

            

            A bit about Art Therapy...

Art Therapy provides people with the chance to tell  their own story through creative expression.

Creating art, and expression within a safe space is a unique way to reflect, organize thoughts and emotions and open up new pathways leading to restoration and transformation.
 
Art Therapy is...
 
  • Client lead. Meaning it is lead by the client, at their pace, in their own way. The Art Therapist is there to provide and hold a creative space and build a trusting relationship with, not to direct or interpret the client's art work.
 
  • Communicative. Sessions involve making art work and speaking with the Art Therapist. Art making provides an additional visual way of communicating, because speaking about ourselves and our lives can be overwhelming, and sometimes words are simply not enough. Art making during therapy also has a cushioning effect without being a distraction.
 
  • Organizing - Art making provide a unique way of organizing and reflecting on thoughts and emotions. Keeping artwork, looking back over it and reviewing it builds up a sense of order, timeline and an understanding about experiences, circumstances and emotions and the way in which they are linked.
 
 
  • Affirmative - Builds a sense of self, leads to increased self compassion, confidence.
 
 

 
Art Therapy can help with issues surrounding:
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   Art psychotherapy can help with the following:​
  • Relationships
  • Confidence/identity
  • Communication
  • Loss/Bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
 

Sessions provide a safe, consistent and confidential setting in which people are able to speak about/express themselves surrounding their lives and work through their experiences and feelings.  
 

What will Art Therapy be like?

 

  • A range of materials will be available to use.

  • Clients can express thoughts and feelings.

  • If clients need guidance the therapist is there to help.

  • If clients don't feel like using the art materials then they don’t have to, the time can be used to talk.

  • The atmosphere is informal and relaxed.

  • Client’s art work can be stored in a confidential locked storage space which they have access to.

  • Sessions are confidential and therefore the Art Therapist will not show client’s art work to anyone or discuss the content of sessions except for their clinical supervisor or if there is an obvious safety issue.


 

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