Hello, my name is Elle and I am an HCPC registered art therapist, and my services include one to one online art therapy with children, families, young people and adults.
Quite often, I am asked what art therapy is by those curious to know more. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy which uses the arts and creativity, as well as talking, to support mental health. It can be really useful to communicate non-verbally and it can be an excellent modality to work with a variety of concerns such as:
- Grief and loss
- Overwhelming emotions
- Stuck feelings
The art therapy session can create a safe space to explore experiences and make meaning from life events and feelings, gaining insight.
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. In art therapy the art making has a different role, for example, to help communicate feelings and experiences, or support emotional regulation. Some sessions may involve more art-making, and some sessions may be mainly or only talking depending on the needs of the client. As art therapist, I am experienced in supporting those attending with the process of getting started with art therapy and art making.
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.
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 services include:
Individual Art Psychotherapy for:
- Young people
- Parents and carers
- Art Therapists and counsellors
- Art Psychotherapists
- Therapists and counsellors
Workplace wellbeing programmes:
- Groups and teams
- Corporate sector organisations
- Third sector organisations and charities
If you would like to find out more about how I can support you in your aims for therapy, send me an email to arrange an initial chat, I'd love to hear from you.
You can also find out more about me and my approach on my website www.ellegilbertson.com.
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.
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
From £52.00 to £58.00
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
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.
You can check for information on my fees and services on my webpage here.