Alison Peebles , Art Psychotherapist
Winner of Advancing Healthcare Award 2018, Scottish Government Award for improving quality: measuring and demonstrating Impact. For Art Therapy work with Primary School Aged Children affected by Familial Drug and alcohol use.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is an alternative to traditional talking therapies. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk directly about yourself and how you 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. I work in partnership with people to help them express themselves through a mixture of talking and creating art. 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.
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
· Enhance relationships
· 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
I offer a range of Art Psychotherapy options, including individual Art Psychotherapy. One area of work I have developed over past 3 years is working with parents/carers and children together (parent and child dyadic art therapy). I have found this way of working particularly effective. It can help strengthen the relationship between parents/carers and their children. I also offer an Integrated psychotherapeutic approach.
I can provide supervision for practitioners in all my practice areas. I have 23 years experience, working with adults, children and young people within a variety of settings. These include the NHS, schools and voluntary sector in the specialties of mental health and cancer care. I provide a professional and confidential art psychotherapy assessment and treatment service.
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 or online consultation where you can have a chat with me about art psychotherapy 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.
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 registered with The Health and Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists. BAAT approved Private Practitioner and Supervisor.
My qualifications and training include :
- PG Diploma in Art Therapy.
- Art Psychotherapy supervision training
- Parent/carer and child Dyadic Art Therapy
- Working therapeutically online
- Integrated approach to Counselling,
- Developing Emotional Awareness/Literacy
- Children's Accelerated Trauma Treatment
- Art Therapy and Mindfulness.
I have worked with adults, children and young people who can experience a variety of symptoms and 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 well-being e.g. cancer and palliative care. I have worked extensively with people who have experienced a range of loss, grief and bereavement. These experiences have included loss of a loved one, own health,home, e.g child who is looked after in foster care who is experiencing loss of parents/parent, home, friends.
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
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 or online consultation.
I operate a sliding scale of fees with discounts for students and those on a low income. I can also offer a discount for N.H.S or Social Care staff .Please enquire if on a low income for costs.
Full fee charged when an appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
Concessions offered for
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)