What is Art Therapy?
Art therapy uses art materials that can help express feelings. For many children, young people, and families, it can be easier to use a non-verbal form of communication such as art making to make sense of experiences. The art work created in the art therapy sessions provides a focus for communication or discussion with the art therapist.
How can art therapy help?
Art Therapy at Demelza can help with expressing feelings such as recent changes in life, difficulties coping with grief and loss, anxiety, and can communicate complex feelings in a safe and confidential space. Art therapy can enable new ways of communication that can be transformational for the child or young person and their families.
“The use of smells in the paints has opened up my child's world, his ability to communicate through smell was something we were unaware of before the art therapy sessions”
Who can access art therapy at Demelza?
Children, young people, siblings and their families can access art therapy when staying for respite short breaks, through the referral process, or by attending the Therapies Summer Programme for family sessions and workshops.
The art therapist facilitates sessions for individuals, families, and groups to engage with different types of visual art materials such as painting, collage, pastels, and clay. You don't have to have had previous art experience to take part in an art therapy session.
“We really enjoyed taking part in the art therapy group for families, it was great to meet people who understood our life experiences, it helped us feel less isolated”
The Art Therapists at Demelza:
The Art Therapists at Demelza are fully qualified Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) registered professionals with a Master's Degree in Art Therapy, or are in the final stages of training.
How can we find out more about Art Therapy at Demelza?
You can contact the therapy team at Demelza to make referral or to book individual or family sessions when staying for short breaks.
Please telephone 01795 845248 for the therapies administrator, or email firstname.lastname@example.org