WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE ART PSYCHOTHERAPY PROCESS...
Art Psychotherapy in
with Lucy Shearman
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression. Art can be used as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. So often we use language to control the way we present ourselves to others and perhaps as a defence mechanism. Furthermore, it can be challenging to translate our thoughts and feelings into words. 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.
Often people initially feel intimidated by making artwork, this is fine and understandable. I am also able to provide talking therapy if this is how you wish to use the space. In my work I believe that all individuals are different and I aim to make my clients feel comfortable and meet their needs.
I practise using a psychodynamic framework. This framework 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.
Is it for you?
Art Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective across many different client groups and ages. No art experience is needed. All clients will receive an initial assessment, this space is for you to talk a little about what has brought you to therapy, the process and whether it is something you would like to do. Please feel free to use the contact form at the end of this page and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
My name is Lucy Shearman and I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with HCPC and BAAT.
I have experience of working with adolescents, adults, families and couples. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma and more. I currently work at a psychiatric hospital with individuals who suffer with eating disorders, acute mental health issues and substance abuse recovery/ rehabilitation programme. Alongside this, I work with university students struggling with mental health issues and or disability whilst on their studies as a specialist mental health mentor, helping them to reach their full potential. I also have extensive experience of working with end of life care and bereavement. Other areas I am especially experienced in are working with family and friends or those struggling with substance abuse as well as victims of emotional abuse and domestic violence. I have also worked extensively with those with ASD (Autism spectrum disorder), learning difficulties, childhood abuse, attachment disorder and chronic illness.
I work in a person centred, psychodynamic way. I understand how difficult it can be to access therapy and how vulnerable it can make you feel. I think it is important to treat people and this process with respect, compassion and kindness. I work in a non-directive way. Allowing you to take responsibility for your own creative decisions means that as opposed to taking you down a path, I am rather stood beside you, following your lead and supporting you in your journey.
“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”
With You Every Step of the Way
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)
MASTERS IN ART PSYCHOTHERAPY
Goldsmiths University of London
BA (HONS) IN ILLUSTRATION
Arts University Bournemouth
FOUNDATION DIPLOMA IN ART & DESIGN
Arts University Bournemouth