Chloe Sparrow, BA (Hons), MA, Art Psychotherapist
Hello and welcome.
I am a qualified, registered and experienced Art Psychotherapist working in Wivenhoe, Essex. My approach to Art Psychotherapy is psychodynamic, person centred and inspired by Environmental Arts Therapy/Nature Therapy practices. I offer Art Psychotherapy at the Treehouse Art Studio, which is a purpose built art studio set amongst the trees and accessed via a private trail. It is quiet and comfortable with good facilities and parking. There are also public transport services nearby.
At the Treehouse Art Studio I offer Art Psychotherapy and Outdoor or Nature Based Art Psychotherapy. You can find out more about these below.
Please note that currently, owing to the social/physical distancing guidelines between households, all sessions are being offered online via Zoom. I use Zoom in accordance with the guidelines published by the British Association of Art Therapists. Sessions will resume at the Treehouse as soon as it is possible and safe to do so.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy practiced by qualified, registered Art Psychotherapists. It can provide you with an opportunity to use artmaking to explore issues or themes that are relevant and personal to you, and it can be used to explore a wide range of difficulties.
Art Psychotherapy is not the same as an art class or recreational activity, it is a form of therapy, offered in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. The purpose of artmaking in Art Psychotherapy is to facilitate personal growth and greater understanding of the self.
Artmaking is used as a tool for self expression rather than something to be ‘good’ at or not. Therefore no skill or experience is necessary in order to engage in the Art Psychotherapy process, but a willingness to engage with the art materials is preferable.
What is Outdoor or Nature Based Art Psychotherapy?
This is an approach to Art Psychotherapy informed by Eco Psychology and Environmental Arts Therapy practice. It can involve working both inside and outside of the Treehouse Art Studio.
This approach is about working with nature, the aim is to explore how the natural world can support creativity and psychological wellbeing by examining our relationship with the natural world from a psychotherapeutic perspective. Artmaking using natural materials or settings will be encouraged. This approach can be particularly helpful for those concerned about environmental matters
I qualified as an Art Psychotherapist in 2014, having completed a Masters Degree at the University of South Wales. Since then I have worked in various healthcare settings with both individuals and with groups. I have also completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and I continue to be interested in the arts, both as an observer and a maker. In addition to offering Art Psychotherapy at the Treehouse Art studio I am also employed by the NHS as an Art Psychotherapist.
Important things to know about me:
I am state registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an organisation that regulates health, psychological and care professionals in the UK to ensure they meet and maintain professional standards.
I am also a member of the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT), therefore committed to a recognised Code of Ethics and Standards of Proficiency.
If you decide to work with me you will be choosing someone with a passion for the arts who will endeavor to provide you with a service tailored to your needs in a unique setting.
Booking your first appointment:
To arrange an appointment, or for further information, you are welcome to contact me using the ‘Message me’ link, or by calling 07724090802. You can also visit my website www.chloesparrow.com
I look forward to hearing from you and will be glad to assist you with your enquiry.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Art Psychotherapy
- BA (Hons) Fine Art
Currently: I work in the health service and private practice with individuals and small groups.
Previously: I worked in the health service; independent sector; private health sector and forensic services.
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
My fee is £50 per session. Each session lasts for one hour.
The initial meeting, or consultation, when we discuss your needs and whether Art Psychotherapy is right for you, is offered at £20 and typically lasts between 30-60 minutes.
Art Psychotherapy and Outdoor or Nature Based Art Psychotherapy are charged at the same rate.
I offer a few spaces at a reduced rate to people who are on very low incomes or on benefits. Please discuss fees with me if you think this might apply to you.