Art therapy in London
Is communicating feelings and thoughts difficult for you or your child? Or is creativity simply a better fit than just talking? Art therapy can help people of all ages and abilities to find their way forward.
What is art therapy?
Art therapy uses the process of creating things as a way to develop self-awareness and expression. It helps clients to navigate difficult emotions and experiences, and to find new ways to cope and thrive.
Anyone can do art therapy, regardless of age or artistic experience. It’s not about the end result but about the process itself, and what you feel, think, and experience throughout.
Benefits of art therapy for mental health
Art psychotherapy can lead to:
- greater self-awareness and confidence
- emotional release and expression
- new perspective on issues and problems
- lowered stress levels and improved moods
- better communication skills
- feeling more connected and present.
What issues does it work for?
Art therapy can help people of all ages with a range of mental, emotional, and even physical challenges, whether that is:
- feeling lost in life and unable to express yourself
- suffering from stress, anxiety or depression
- recovering from a trauma or a series of difficulties
- dealing with learning disabilities or autism
- navigating an illness or otherwise life-limiting condition
- dealing with schizophrenia or psychosis.
It is an officially recognised form of psychotherapy?
Yes. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends art therapies for children, young people, and adults with schizophrenia and psychosis. NICE also recommends creative therapies as an intervention for children and young people recovering from abuse or with chronic fatigue syndrome, and as a wellbeing activity for those 65 and over.
What is a session like?
Your therapist creates a safe, confidential space for you. There will be time to talk if you want to discuss anything you’ve experienced since your last session.
One-on-one art therapy can involve various creative mediums, from painting and drawing, to sculpting, writing, music, and collaging. Sometimes your therapist will directly ask you to try certain mediums, or to approach creating in certain ways or with a certain goal in mind. But you can also let your therapist know if there is a certain expressive art format you’d like to try.
Do you offer art psychotherapy near me?
We offer art therapy for all ages and for all issues, with a highly qualified and HCPC registered art psychotherapist.
Appointments can be made for our main office in Harley Street as well as our offices in London Bridge and the City of London. Call us now to reserve your first session or to discuss if art therapy is the right fit for you, or use our online booking form.
Your art therapist at Harley TherapyTM
Alexander Ascione has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults with emotional, relational, and/or mental health issues. With training in psychodynamic and psychoanalytical psychotherapy and an MA in art therapy, he is committed to creating a warm, empathic, and non judgemental environment for his clients to overcome challenges and reach their potential using art and play.
Alexander divides his time between his private clients and consultancy, and his work with the NHS, where he is a specialist clinical practitioner and clinical supervisor for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
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The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is an association for UK-based counselling professionals. It supports practitioners, enabling them to provide a better service.
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Art therapy can help with:
- childhood abuse and neglect
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- communication issues
- learning difficulties
- low self-esteem
- physical illness
- relating problems
- unexplained medical symptoms
Alexander is an Art Psychotherapist, counsellor, and clinical supervisor. As well as his private practice on Harley Street Alexander works as a Specialist Clinical Practitioner for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Alexander currently specialises in working with children and young people providing a safe space for clients to engage in their therapeutic process through art-making, play, or talking. He takes a client-led approach to therapy helping explore feelings and thoughts presently outside of awareness that may relate to unresolved experiences or issues.