What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy is a way of helping someone to communicate their feelings about any difficulties or problems they may be experiencing or have experienced in the past.
How can it help?
It can provide a sense of wellbeing, relaxation, increase self-esteem and confidence by using different materials, such as paints, clay, paper and objects. People who are struggling with a life-limiting illness or have lost a loved one can also benefit from art therapy as it helps to express feelings that might be difficult to talk about to friends or family.
What is an Art Therapist?
An art therapist is someone who has trained to Masters Degree level and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). All art therapists must be registered and comply with the Code of Ethics and Guidelines set out by the HCPC and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). Please see www.baat.org for more information.
Who is it for?
Art therapy is available to anyone who is or has been involved with St Ann’s Hospice.
Is it confidential? What happens to my artwork?
Artwork will be stored safely within St Ann’s Hospice. Sessions are confidential between you and your therapist, however they will need to break confidentiality if you say you want to harm yourself or somebody else. Your therapist will talk more about this at your first appointment. All therapists at St Ann’s receive regular supervision to support their work.
How does it work?
You will be offered an initial assessment with a therapist and if you both agree that art therapy would be helpful you will be contacted with an appointment for your first session. Each session lasts for 1 hour and you are able to ask any questions that come to mind. The therapy services offered at St Ann’s are up to 8 sessions but this is negotiable with your therapist.
What do I do next?
Please make contact with the Patient and Family Support Team (PFST) and ask for an assessment for art therapy.
Tel: 0161 498 3640
Emma Clarke – PFST Secretary