WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE ART PSYCHOTHERAPY PROCESS...
and EMDR Therapy
with Lucy Shearman
What I Offer
Art Psychotherapy uses art media as its primary mode of expression. Often it can be challenging to translate our thoughts and feelings into words. Language can also be stigmatised and difficult to use around mental health. Art is great at breaking through these barriers that we develop and allow us to reflect and express ourselves in a rich and authentic way. No art experience necessary.
I follow a psychodynamic framework which focuses on looking at how past experiences and relationships can influence the way you handle situations and relationships in your current day to day life. I use this framework in both talking and art therapy. Having both vessels of therapy means I can be adaptive and provide a rich experience for my clients.
I also offer EMDR (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing therapy). This is a therapy specifically designed for treatment of PTSD. This uses eye movement techniques as well as simultaneously recalling trauma. When successful the person may find themselves freed of the nightmares, fears, grieving and seemingly out-of-control symptoms and reactions that they have suffered from for years. The results are shown to be permanent over time. This is currently the most recommended treatment in the UK for PTSD under WHO and NICE guidelines.
I have experience with individuals with acute psychiatric mental health issues, eating disorder, hospice/ bereavement, addiction and recovery programmes. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of mental health issues and neurodiverse needs including depression, anxiety, psychosis, ASD, PTSD, attachment disorder, trauma, personality disorders and more.
I understand how difficult it can be to access psychotherapy and how vulnerable it can make you feel. I think it is important to treat people and this process with respect, compassion and kindness. Allowing you to take responsibility for your own creative decisions and content means that as opposed to leading you down a path, I am rather stood beside you, keeping you safe and supporting you in your journey.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
Experience You Can Count On
Registered with HCPC (Health Care Professions Council, registration number: AS16216)
And BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists, registration number: 46837)
EMDR PRACTITIONER TRAINING
EMDR Academy, 2021-2022
MASTERS IN ART PSYCHOTHERAPY
Goldsmiths University of London, 2015- 2018
BA (HONS) IN ILLUSTRATION
Arts University Bournemouth, 2010- 2013
FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN
Arts University Bournemouth, 2009- 2010