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About me

My name is Denise Scicluna - I am a qualified art psychotherapist and painter. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication (BAAT). Art-making helps reduce stress and anxiety, activates dopamine reward pathways, promotes reflection and self-awareness, and redirects negative thoughts. 

In art therapy, it is the process rather than the product that heals, transforms, and creates avenues for insight and development. 

Therapeutic approach:

My therapeutic approach is primarily Jungian based and psychodynamic but also integrates mindfulness into the art-making process in therapy. The approach is based on three core values that are very close to my heart:

  • Everyone can be creative
  • Creativity and art have transformational benefits
  • Change should be embraced kindly and compassionately

As an art therapist and an abstract painter, I am passionate about sharing the knowledge of how art-making and creative processes within a safe space can lead to a better understanding of life and oneself.

I strongly believe that the act of art-making and creativity can be an act of self-care and a way of nurturing ourselves. When done in a safe and trusting space, art-making leads to healing and new ways of thinking as it connects people to their own limiting beliefs, narratives, self-critic and other habits and patterns that might no longer be serving them anymore.

In art therapy sessions, I provide a non-judgemental space for people to release their creativity. 

Clients I work with seek out support through art therapy, in times of their life where they feel stuck and require new ways of thinking. Reasons for this are that they feel stuck in the past and allow their inner critic and old beliefs to be the driver of their life. 

Why therapy?

Therapy is an investment in your mental health. The ability to find strategies that build up resilience and put you in control of your well-being is perhaps the most important foundation for being a successful and functional person.

​Creativity and art-making within a safe space can help people break these beliefs and patterns and introduce new ways of thinking. It helps them realize what has been keeping them stuck in their life which is incredibly healing.

If you feel you need this form of support, please reach out and we can book a 30-minute consultation call to see how I can support you. When working together, I will also support you in developing a creative space in your own home. 

Remember that no art background or experience is required for you to attend art therapy. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology: UoM - 2008
  • Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy: University of Roehampton -2015
  • Mindfulness Practitioner: Gateway Workshops - 2021

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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HCPC

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.

Fees

From £50.00 to £70.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Students

Additional information

50 minutes Face-to-face rate:  70.00 (location: A Balanced Life 29, White Post Lane, E9 5ER)

50 minutes Online rate: 50.00 (Zoom)

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

For more information visit:

1. https://abalancedlifetherapies.com/denise-scicluna/

2. https://www.denisesciclunaart.com/about-us

A Balanced Life
29 White Post Lane
Hackney
London
E9 5ER

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages

Maltese, basic Italian

Online platforms

Zoom

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