Lilly Yates Art Psychotherapist - (Charlene L A Yates)

Lilly Yates Art Psychotherapist - (Charlene L A Yates)

East Sussex

07432 685615

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East Sussex

07432 685615

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Lilly Yates, Art Psychotherapist MA, BA (HCPC registered Charlene L A Yates)

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media and also verbal language as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues, which may be confusing and distressing.

Differing from many other psychological therapies, art therapy works as a three-way process between the client, the therapist and the art itself. Offering an opportunity for creativity and expression, this type of therapy helps to communicate emotions that may otherwise be difficult to verbalise.

Who is Art Therapy for?

Art therapists work with children, young people, adults and the elderly. Clients may have a wide range of difficulties, disabilities or diagnoses. These include emotional,behavioural or mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities, life-limiting conditions, neurological conditions and physical illnesses.

Art therapy is provided in groups or individually, 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.

How does Art Therapy Work?

Before therapy starts I offer a free consultation without any obligation to commit to art therapy sessions. In the consultation we will discuss what has brought you to art therapy and what you hope to gain from your sessions. In this initial session you are welcome to bring family members or carers.

Art therapy sessions work on either a one-to- one basis or within a group depending on the needs of those taking part. Sessions will typically last around 1-1.5 hours (group) and take place on a regular basis, for example once a week or once every two weeks.

Who can benefit from Art Therapy?

The versatility of art therapy makes it accessible to a range of people. It can be particularly beneficial to those who have tried other forms of talking therapy and found it difficult to express themselves. Art therapy tends to look at issues in a different way and can help participants to tap into emotions that have previously been buried or ignored. Many people also say that with art therapy they feel as if they have a greater sense of control and choice when compared to other talking therapies.

Training, qualifications & experience

About Me:

I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist and have trained using a psychodynamic model and also work using a person centred and holistic approach. I am registered with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) where I am required and regulated to undergo continuing professional development (CPD) as an Art Psychotherapist. I am also a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

I have experience of working therapeutically with vulnerable adults, young people and children together with their families and carers. I have worked with those who have experienced social, emotional and mental health problems.

My broad range of experiences includes working in the following settings such as; in the community as a Children's and Youth Worker; in a Further Education College as a Student Support Worker with young people with neurodevelopmental and severe physical health conditions; in a Special Educational Needs Primary and Secondary School and in a National Health Service Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (NHS CAMHS) as an Art Psychotherapist in training; in a Care Home for the Elderlyand in a Special Needs college as a qualified Art Psychotherapist . Over the last five years I have been working with those experiencing mental health difficulties and have worked in NHS CAMHS. I currently working in an NHS Early Intervention Psychosis service.

As an Art Psychotherapist I am passionate about helping those that our experiencing emotional, physical or mental health difficulties. I aim to help by facilitating a confidential, safe and relaxed space for individuals to freely express themselves and experience the healing benefits of creating art. I am very warm and approachable; my values are driven by care, empathy and compassion for others.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



- Initial Consultation via phone / face-to-face: Free

- Individual 1 hour per session:  £45 per hour

- Group 1.5-2 hour per session:  £60 per hour (dependent upon the needs of the group)

* Concessions are available for those on benefits, students or trainee Art Psychotherapists.

Other Important Information:
I can arrange to meet at a private therapy space (clinic) in Hove or I can come to your home.
Sessions are confidential & I am supervised by a qualified Art Psychotherapist in regular one-to-one supervision. I am also insured.

Further information


  • NHS Family Interventions (form of Family Therapy):
  • Post Graduate diploma– University of Surrey, 2016 – Current
  • MA Art Psychotherapy : Goldsmiths University of London (Distinction), 2014
  • BA HONS Fine Art: University of the Creative Arts (UCA) (Distinction for end of year show), 2010

Specialist areas / interests:

  • Attachment Difficulties:
  • Parenting/ Family difficulties
  • Looked After & Adopted Children (LAC)
  • Adolescent & Children
  • Anger/ Aggression Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) / (ADD)
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cultural Difficulties
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Identity Issues
  • Loss
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Conditions & Difficulties
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Self Expression & Discovery
  • Self-Harm
  • Selective Mutism
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Special Needs
  • Trauma

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Weekends: Saturdays 10am-6pm Weekdays 6pm-9pm One Weekday (TBC): 9-5pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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