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Hello, my name is Elle and I am an HCPC registered art therapist, and my services include one to one therapy sessions with children, families, young people and adults.

In my role as an Art Psychotherapist that I have been able to apply what I have always known about the positive impact of creativity on mental and physical wellbeing to therapeutic work with children, young people and adults.

I am also undergoing supervision training and at present have 2 spaces available for free clinical supervision. If you are an Art Psychotherapist, Psychotherapist or counsellor please contact me to enquire about availability.

​Quite often, I am asked what art therapy is by those curious to know more. A true mind and body intervention, Art Psychotherapy, also called art therapy, is a form of psychotherapy which uses the arts and creativity, as well as talking, to support mental health. Including art making and images in session can be really useful to allow non-verbal communication. The art therapy session can create a safe space to explore experiences and make meaning from life events and feelings.
The sensory impact of the physical touch of materials such as paint, pencil, clay or pastel can help individuals to rewire old ways of being, gain insight and self-regulate. The best part is there is no requirement to be good at art, even though some do find the practice of making inspiring and continue to make beyond the therapy room.

Art therapy takes place within a boundaried and supportive therapeutic relationship through which stories can be told and wounds healed. It can be an excellent modality to work with a variety of concerns such anxiety, grief, trauma, and stress.

I consider the therapeutic relationship to be of central importance in therapy and aim to make the experience collaborative and tailored to the needs of each individual who attends, adult or child.

In addition to incorporating creativity into sessions, I have also completed training on using embodied practices safely within the therapeutic relationship to further foster resilience and self-regulation. I hold a diploma in online therapy, which has equipped me with the theory and practice to create a safe and supportive experience with those attending my online art therapy sessions.

My approach when working with those who attend therapy is highly individual and led by their unique needs and aims for therapy. Some sessions may involve more art-making, and some sessions may be mainly or only talking depending on the needs of the client.

Sometimes those attending art therapy for the first time feel nervous about the art making, having had an experience where their artwork was judged or they felt they were 'not good enough'. In Art Therapy, there is no requirement to be good at art, as the art making has a different role, for example, to help communicate feelings and experiences, or support emotional regulation. As Art Therapist, I am experienced in supporting those attending with the process of getting started with art therapy and art making.

My services include:

Individual Art Psychotherapy for:

  • Children
  • Young people
  • Parents and carers
  • Art Therapists and counsellors

Supervision for:

  • Art Psychotherapists
  • Therapists and counsellors

*Two free spaces for supervision left starting in August. Please contact to enquire.

Workplace wellbeing programmes:

  • Groups and teams
  • Corporate sector organisations
  • Third sector organisations and charities

You can find out more about me and my approach here.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been studying and practicing counselling and psychotherapy since 2014 and completed my masters in Art Psychotherapy with distinction in 2017.

For ten years I've been walking my own personal healing journey, discovering the impact of the modalities I deliver to support my own physical and emotional health.

I have my own private online Art Therapy practice where I see adults and children, in addition to my freelance work for charity organisations. My clinical experience includes working with adults and children with chronic illness in the NHS and in my role as a freelance Art Therapist I work with children in groups and individually within the education sector.

I hold specialist expertise in online therapy, dyadic work with children and their families, and with individuals who experience chronic illness. I also have experience supporting clients with grief and loss, self-esteem issues, self-harm. I consider working to foster resilience and coping strategies a core element of the therapeutic process.

My central aim in my practice is to empower individuals to make therapeutic progress through art making as well as talking within a safe and collaborative therapeutic relationship. I take a trauma informed approach and integrate creative and embodied practices within therapeutic sessions making the experience well suited to those seeking to recover from anxiety, trauma or stress.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Art therapy/Art psychotherapy
  • Arts therapies
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

From £45.00 to £58.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are designed to be accessible, with concessions for trainee counsellors and and two low income spaces available. 

I offer a free first consultation which you can book on my website.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

You can check for information on my fees and services on my webpage here.

Loreny Industrial Estate
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA1

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

As part of a training course I am starting in August, I have two remaining spaces for clinical supervision for therapists and counsellors.

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Eilidh (Elle) Gilbertson

Eilidh (Elle) Gilbertson