Kate Hilliard
Art Therapy
Kate Hilliard
Post Grad Dip Art Therapy • BA Hons
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hcpc

Thoughts and feelings can be expressed using art materials, when words are difficult.

Reasons for Attending Art Therapy

Issues that can be addressed
include:

  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Family difficulties/separation/divorce
  • Gender issues
  • Life changing illnesses such as cancer
  • Physical disabilities
  • Brain injuries
  • Learning difficulties/disabilities
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Bullying
  • Anger
  • Abuse (sexual/physical/mental)
  • Traumatic experiences

People may find Art Therapy useful for the following reasons:

  • It's calming and potentially less intense than a purely talking therapy.
  • They can share how they are feeling without the fear of upsetting someone close to them.
  • It can help them to understand, work through and find positive ways of managing difficult issues, relationships, situations, anxieties etc.
  • It can help identify negative patterns of behaviour and with support, clients can try healthier ways of managing.
  • Because it is a safe and supportive environment, clients may able to express emotions they have previously been unable to face on their own.
  • It can make people feel less isolated.
  • It helps people realise that what they are feeling is generally quite normal.
  • It assists clients to feel more in control of their lives.
  • It helps people to feel heard, supported and understood.
  • It's non-judgemental.
  • Sometimes clients donít have the words to describe how they are feeling. The use of art materials can be used to explore and share problematic/painful issues or thoughts and emotions, when talking is difficult.

I was a reluctant client, but now I understand seeking help is a strength not a weakness
Ė client

The Broad Street Practice Hollyhocks

Kate Hilliard, Art Therapist

07549 705150

k.hilliard@btinternet.com
Mind Space South London Gallery