Chloe Sparrow, MA, Art Psychotherapist
Hi, I’m Chloe.
I’m an Art Psychotherapist working in Wivenhoe, Essex. I qualified in 2014 and currently work in the NHS and private practice. My approach to Art Psychotherapy is client-led and psychodynamically informed. I work in private practice from the Treehouse Art Studio. This is a purpose built venue which is quiet and comfortable with good facilities and parking. There are also public transport services nearby.
Currently, I can offer both in person sessions at the Treehouse Art Studio and online sessions using Zoom.
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 Nature Based Art Psychotherapy?
At the Treehouse Art Studio I can also offer Nature Based Art Psychotherapy. This is an approach to Art Psychotherapy inspired by Ecotherapy and Environmental Arts Therapy practice. It can involve working both inside the Treehouse Art Studio, and outdoors.
Nature Based Art Psychotherapy places more of an emphasis on reviewing our relationship with nature. It can provide opportunity to explore how the natural world supports creativity and psychological wellbeing, while also focusing on the reciprocal relationship between human, earth and other species. Artmaking using natural materials or settings is often encouraged.
Since completing a Masters Degree at the University of South Wales in Art Psychotherapy, I have worked in various healthcare and social settings with both individuals and with groups. Years ago, I 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.
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 NHS (adult community services) and private practice with individuals and small groups.
Previously: I worked in the NHS (community and inpatient services); the 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.
The British Association of Art Therapists
The British Association of Art Therapists
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pandemic related anxiety
My fee is £50 per session. Each session lasts for one hour.
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 students and people who are on very low incomes or on benefits. Please discuss fees with me if you think this might apply to you.