21st October, 2014
What is Art Therapy?
Therapy is a place to talk about your life, thoughts, feelings and anything that is worrying you.
Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses both art-making and talking.
You do not need to be good at art to come to Art Therapy.
The Therapist will not teach you how to draw or paint. They are not worried about how good your picture is. Instead they will talk with you about the artwork to try and have a better understanding of how you feel.
Art Therapy gives you the chance to use art materials to express thoughts and feelings that are difficult to talk about. Making art work can also be relaxing or exciting.
What is an Art Therapist?
An Art Therapist is someone who has completed their training in Art Psychotherapy so that they can work with people’s emotional difficulties and distress.
How could it help me?
Following your injury you may have experienced many changes in your life and your relationships with your friends and family.
You might feel angry, confused, anxious or depressed and find your mood goes up and down.
It might also be hard to understand what has happened. You may feel a sense of loss and feelings of sadness about the impact your injury has had on your life.
Art Therapy can provide a space to reflect on your thoughts and feelings, which is helpful in understanding and coping with them.
The physical aspect of making art work also helps to improve motor skills, attention and concentration and problem solving.
What to expect?
Before you begin Art Therapy you will have a meeting with the Therapist to talk about the things that are worrying you.
They may ask you some questions and write down the information.
The Therapist might also talk to your family or your carers to find out more about what is happening for you.
You will have three sessions to see if Art Therapy is helpful. A session with the Art Therapist will last for 50 minutes. After this you may be offered weekly Art Therapy or the Therapist will discuss other options with you.
In the session it is up to you to choose what you want to make. If you get stuck your Art Therapist can help you come up with an idea.
What happens to my art?
Your Therapist will keep the art work that you make while you are in therapy. At the end of your therapy you can choose to take it with you or leave it with your Therapist.
What happens to what I say?
Your Art Therapist will only share what you say in the sessions if they are worried about your safety or the safety of others.
Who is my Art Therapist?
Your Art Therapist is called Clare Hobbs.
She has a degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy.
She has experience working with children and adults who have experienced a brain injury or other neurological condition.
How do I book?
To enquire about appointments and pricing, please contact Clare Hobbs.
Telephone: 01223 567550
Address: Headway Cambridgeshire Block 10 Ida Darwin Cambridge Road Fulbourn CB21 5EE
|British Association of Art Therapists membership number: 25167.|
|Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration number: AS14416.|
“ The Hospital Brain Injury Co-ordinator became someone who absolutely understood how I felt, I didn’t need to explain. I could talk about my fears and worries. She was such a great support through the difficult days, but could also celebrate the small step successes, which was important to me. ”