Chloe Chapman, Art Psychotherapist, HCPC And BAAT Registered
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Welcome and thank you for visiting my page. I am sorry if you or someone you care for is finding life difficult at the moment. Choosing a therapist can be a daunting task, but I aim to make this as straightforward as possible by clearly explaining my approach to art psychotherapy, how it can improve mental health and what it involves.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship should be one of mutual respect and I work hard to create an atmosphere where you will feel safe to express how you are feeling. I work psychodynamically, which means that I explore conscious and unconscious feelings, your past experience and relationships and how they may be influencing your life today. When working with trauma, I ground a person in the present, to ensure they feel safe and not overwhelmed by looking at the past.
Art therapy and visual expression
As an art psychotherapist, I encourage you to use art materials to help you access emotional difficulty, patterns or problems that might be holding you back in your life. Often it is easier to express a feeling visually rather than verbally. Exploring the art materials in the room may start a conversation between us, and I will help you to make connections between the images you create and the way you are feeling. My aim is to support you with any difficulties you may be experiencing, strengthen your resilience and self-esteem, and to help you move on with your life.
Art therapy and children
Children are very often unwilling to talk about what has happened to them and often express their distress in play or the creative arts. Working with an art therapist can create a nurturing environment where they can indirectly discuss their story through images, symbols or play. This can feel less threatening for a child who has already experienced some emotional difficulty in life. I am able to enter into the symbolic and imaginative world of a child to help them express their emotions and to provide a safe space in which they can do so.
Art therapy, trauma and abuse
When we experience trauma the part of the brain that records language and context shuts down, so that we have few words to describe our experience. Our brains record memories of abuse and trauma in the visual and emotional part of the brain and in the body, which may be experienced as flashbacks, dreams or overwhelming sensory impressions.
With art psychotherapy, I offer a unique way of accessing these visual memories through the use of images. Contact with the art materials connects us with the sense of touch. This reconnects us with our bodies, bringing awareness to the physical sensations of trauma. A conversation about a visual memory or image you have created can help to build up a clearer picture of your experience and help you to process it, so that these images don’t disturb your daily life and you are able to put your experience into a context.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy from The University of Roehampton and I am accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).
I have trained and worked within the NHS and for numerous mental health charities across London and the South East. My experience includes Brighton and Hove CAMHS, Westminster MIND and Sussex NHS partnership. After completing my training I worked for the Brighton-based charity for Young Oasis for three years, with children affected by familial substance misuse. Here I developed the Young Women's Therapy service, specialising in trauma working with 18-25 year olds across the city.
Prior to training as an art psychotherapist, I worked for five years as a caseworker for disadvantaged young people, which informs my understanding of the challenges facing young people today. I have six years’ experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents and adults and currently work in private practice at The Palmeira Practice in Hove.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Individuals £50 per session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday and Tuesday 9-5m, Weds 9-8pm, Thurs 9-8pm