Art Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art materials as its main mode of communication. It is practiced by qualified, registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people and adults. As a profession, Art Therapy is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Art Therapy is not dependent on spoken language and can therefore be helpful to anyone who finds it difficult to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. It is therefore suitable for very young children, people with communication problems, those who express themselves in unhelpful ways, and for those who have English as a second language.
Art Therapy may be provided for groups, or for individuals depending upon a child's needs. It is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. People do not need to be 'good' at art to benefit from Art Therapy.
Next Chapter Arts delivers this service for Bramley Cluster.