Alison Peebles BA Hons, PG Diploma In Art Therapy
The Consulting Rooms
The Connal Building
43 West George Street
Are you finding life difficult, feeling depressed, stressed or anxious? Or perhaps you are feeling low in confidence or self esteem. When you feel like this it can sometimes be hard to speak about how you feel.
Art Psychotherapy offers an alternative way to express and explore how you feel. It helps identify and express emotions and in turn enhance communication.
I can also provide the opportunity to develop your emotional resilience. Developing emotional resilience is an opportunity to learn more about emotions, the purpose of emotions and to develop awareness of your own emotions and how to cope with them.
I am an experienced Art Psychotherapist who is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and The British Association of Art Therapists. I have many years experience, working with adults, children and young people within a variety of settings. These include the NHS, schools and voluntary sector in the specialities of mental health and cancer care. I provide a professional and confidential art psychotherapy assessment and treatment service.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is an alternative to traditional talking therapies. Sometimes people can find it difficult to talk about themselves and how they feel. Creating art in an art psychotherapy session can help to open up self expression and communication. It can be particularly useful for children, young people and adults who may find verbal therapies daunting.
How can Art Psychotherapy help?
You do not need to be good at art to benefit from Art Psychotherapy. Some people don’t think of themselves as creative however for most people they perhaps just haven’t had the opportunity to be creative. I encourage clients to experiment with different art materials so that they can find a way to create and relate to their art. This process helps enhance communication. When clients are sometimes unsure how to begin a session I can relate some of my own experiences of creating art to help them to begin. Often people will say but I can't even draw a straight line to which I reply well lets see your wobbly line then or that's what a ruler is for. I work in partnership with people to help them express themselves through a mixture of talking and creating art.
Some people comment that through creating their own art in art psychotherapy they can then talk about themselves and their feelings using the art work to explain. Without the art work they had created this would be difficult for them.
Other people I have worked with have found that sometimes there are no words to describe how they feel however through creating art they have been able to express themselves. I have also worked with people who in spite of being able to talk about themselves and any difficulties they might be having, talking hasn't helped them to get in touch with how they feel.
Some people express their thoughts and feelings directly through their art work. This process offers relief and can reduce depression, stress and anxiety.
Art Psychotherapy can offer you the support to:
- Build on your strengths
- Open up and enhance communication
- Improve health and well being
- Empower you to consider creative solutions to problems
- Express and explore your thoughts and feelings
- Reduce feelings of isolation
- Improve self esteem and confidence
- Explore relationship issues
This website contains useful short videos where clients talk about their experience of art therapy. The British Association of Art Therapists.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation where you can have a chat with me about art therapy before making an appointment. It is up to you how you use this time.You may wish to find out more about Art Psychotherapy and how it might help you.
I offer a range of Art Psychotherapy options, including individual Art Psychotherapy, Art Psychotherapy group work and creative workshops.I can provide supervision for practitioners in all my practice areas.I am a British Association of Art Therapists approved Private Practitioner and Supervisor.
Please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss you needs whether you are an individual looking for personal therapy or you are a professional /organisation looking for clinical supervision or further information/advice on Art Therapy. Please leave a message for me on telephone contact number above if unavailable and I will return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively you can email your enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a British Association of Art Therapists approved Private Practitioner and Supervisor.
My qualifications include a PG Diploma in Art Therapy, Art Psychotherapy supervision training, "Overcoming Depression" A CBT based treatment Model to help overcome depression from the Glasgow Institute of Psychosocial Interventions, Emotional Literacy Course, BA Hons Industrial Design (Textiles), Foundation Certificate in Art and Design. I have also completed training courses in Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment and Art Therapy and Mindfulness.
I have worked with adults, children and young people who can experience a variety of symptoms and conditions; many of them chronic and enduring/complex conditions, including mental health problems e.g. depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, personality disorders, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and physical health problems which can have an impact on emotional wellbeing e.g. cancer and palliative care.
Highly specialist professional experience as an Art Psychotherapist for 16 years working for the NHS and voluntary organisations in mental health and cancer care. Extensive experience as Art Psychotherapist providing specialist Art Psychotherapy assessment and treatment to individuals and groups utilising evidence based assessment and treatment models to adults, children and adolescents with complex needs.
Art Therapists/ Art Psychotherapists are one of the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are bound by the British Association of Art Therapists and the HCPC ethics and standards. He or she will have a degree in Art or a related field and will have worked in education, health or social services prior to undergoing a post-graduate training in Art Psychotherapy. Art Psychotherapists have considerable understanding of art processes underpinned by theoretical models.
For more information on Art Psychotherapy and the Health Professions Council please see following links;
The British Association of Art Therapists.
The Health Professions Council
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Physical health problems which can have an impact on emotional wellbeing e.g. cancer and palliative care. Long term or chronic health conditions.
An initial consultation which lasts 50 mins costs £45, ongoing sessions of 50 mins cost £40. I offer a FREE 15 minute telephone consultation.
I operate a sliding scale of fees with discounts for students and those on a low income. Please enquire if on a low income for costs.
Full fee charged when an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
In a study of the efficacy of Art Psychotherapy within community mental health in Argyll and Bute therapy outcomes were evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative measures. The General Health Questionnaire 12 demonstrated a highly significant increase in general health for 77.78 % of participants. Ref: Wiilamson.Lee (2007)”Seeing a Way Through”: Independent Evaluation report on Art Therapy Trial Services in Argyll & Bute 2006-2007. Arts Therapies Hitting The Heat Targets, Dr Vicky Karkou 2010.
What are the Arts Therapies?
The need for the arts is a defining human characteristic. They endure because they have a unique power to help us to feel and make sense of experience. However, where there is a psychological vulnerability this power cannot be said to be innately helpful. The arts therapies professions have spent over 60 years developing practice, theory and research to understand the therapeutic potential of the arts in the care environment. They also have extensive experience in managing potential risks and developing safe practice with their clients. The arts therapies group is made up of the four separate professions of Art, Dance- Movement* Drama, and Music Therapies. The arts therapies can be defined as being committed to understanding and utilising the therapeutic potentials of both psychological therapy approaches and the art form employed.In bringing together the aesthetic and psychological domains, the resulting practice is unique. Many people find they can use the arts when other interventions are not possible.
The arts are not just a vehicle for a talking cure, but with the correct facilitation, the experience of the arts can act as a processing resource. In the hands of a skilled arts therapist, the artistic medium can be a safe, containing and enable forms of communications where words are not enough.
(Arts Therapies Professional bodies 2009)
* At 2010, Regulation by HPC for Dance Movement Psychotherapy is pending.
Maps & Directions
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