Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Polly Thomson is a State Registered Art Psychotherapist and a full member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) which is a legal requirement in order to practice in the UK as an Art Psychotherapist.

Polly has been qualified for the past 13 years and has been employed by the NHS for the past 12 years in the area of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. She is also registered and insured to work in private practice & to provide supervision to other psychotherapists.

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art materials as a way of communication. Clients who can use Art Therapy may have a wide range of difficulties. These include, for example emotional, behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, brain-injury or neurological conditions and physical illness. Art Therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

Art therapy may be provided for groups, or for individuals, depending on clients’ needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.

Why Use Art?

Art has long been known to have therapeutic properties. When creating visual images, people ‘draw’ on the right side of their brains – the same side that is used before spoken language develops. It is where visual memories are stored.

Using art materials to make images which can be thought about with a qualified and registered art therapist may help relieve difficult or painful feelings and can help increase general wellbeing.

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk directly about difficulties and feelings so communicating through another medium may be easier or more appropriate.

Sometimes words can’t be used or found to describe thoughts and feelings but the processes involved in image making and the images themselves can help to do so. Sometimes words alone do not seem to be enough but images and words together may be able to convey what one wants to say.

Sometimes there are just too many words – and they can get in the way of being able to be in touch with emotions. These are just some of the reasons for the ‘Art’ in art therapy.


All appointments 1hr £50