Art psychotherapy at the LJMC
What is art psychotherapy?
In art psychotherapy, art materials are used as a way to express thoughts and feelings which may be difficult to put into words.
The artwork is made in the presence of a trained art psychotherapist. Her role is to provide a supportive and confidential environment in which you can feel comfortable enough to express yourself both verbally and creatively.
It will be up to you to decide how much they wish to reflect and talk about the artwork.
Do I need to be good at art?
No. Being good at art is not a requirement of engaging in art psychotherapy.
The art psychotherapist can support you in the use of different art materials, however it is not an art lesson, and your artwork will not be judged as such.
With what can art psychotherapy help me?
Art psychotherapy can offer psychological support with many issues which may arise when faced with a cancer diagnosis. Some of the issues may include reactions to diagnosis, altered body image, isolation, loss of meaning and changes in relationships.
As well as providing psychological support, art psychotherapy can provide a creative experience which can enhance a person’s quality of life and general well-being.
Can I access art psychotherapy as an inpatient?
Art psychotherapy may be available to patients during their stay on the wards at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. Ward staff can support you to make a referral to the LJMC.
How many sessions will I need?
We usually offer up to six sessions. The number of sessions will depend upon your needs and situation. Sometimes a single session may be all that is needed.
We also run 6-week art psychotherapy groups on Wednesdays from 2.00-4.00pm.
How do I book?
You can access the art psychotherapy service by:
- Phoning the LJMC Helpline (020 3826 2555) and referring yourself
- Dropping in to the LJMC and speaking to a member of staff
- A member of your healthcare team can refer you
Ask a member of staff to fill out a referral form available at the LJMC.
You will initially be offered an assessment meeting with someone from the counselling team. At this point you may wish to discuss whether individual or group art psychotherapy would best suit your needs.
If you decide you would like to go ahead, an appointment will be made for you as soon as a space is available.