Creative Therapy

What is Creative Therapy?

Creative therapy helps children, young people, individuals and groups to improve emotional and mental health well being through creative self-expression.

Creative therapy involves the use of visual art and play materials with individuals being actively involved in the art making process and discussion about it. You can uncover feelings of anger, hurt, grief, fear, sadness, panic or stress by using a variety of creative media to help you access deep despair, help you resolve inner conflict, modify problematic behaviours, and find emotional balance.

Different modes of expression are supported by engaging with art, drawing, play, music, creative writing, sand play, movement, dance and clay. No artistic skills are necessary the emphasis of the therapy is on the emotional processing of the activity.

We can gain insight by studying the symbolic and metaphoric messages conveyed by indulging in the process of creating exploring the emotional communication attached to it. The creative activity forms an integral part of the process of personal growth and it’s an expression of that process. One truly creates and reflects one’s inner experience.

It is a process of discovering ourselves through any art form by discovering feelings and finding creative ways for expressing them. You may write poems, find yourself relating to words in particular songs or doodling whilst on the phone. All these things will be forms of self expression altering different states of being and moods, with the process being therapeutic.

Some issues that creative therapy might help with are:
  • Relationship breakdown and communication difficulties
  • Separation, divorce, loss, grief or bereavement
  • Individuals living with addiction or exposed to domestic violence
  • Behavioural difficulties, aggressive, withdrawn, defiant or controlling individuals
  • Insecurities, fears and bullying
  • Depression, anxieties, stressors and panic
  • Self harm and eating problems
  • Issues of sexual, emotional, racial or physical abuse
  • Self esteem/image and confidence

Therapists

Adrienne Crew

Jan Marie Haghverdi

Julie Procter

Sally Warner