Lucy Shearman MA (HCPC and BAAT registered)
I understand how difficult it can be to access therapy and how vulnerable it can make you feel. I think it is important to treat people and this process with respect, compassion and kindness.
What is Art Psychotherapy?
Art Psychotherapy is a form of Psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression. Art can be used as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. So often we use language to control the way we present ourselves to others and perhaps as a defence mechanism. Furthermore, it can be challenging to translate our thoughts and feelings into words. Art is great at breaking through these barriers that we develop and allow us to reflect and express ourselves in a rich and authentic way.
The art making is a great way to access the unconscious thought process which I can help guide you with. I practise using a psychodynamic framework. This framework focuses on looking at how past experiences and relationships can influence the way you handle situations and relationships in your current day to day life. I work in a non-directive way. Allowing you to take responsibility for your own creative decisions means that as opposed to taking you down a path, I am rather stood beside you, following your lead and supporting you in your journey.
Is it for you?
Art Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective across many different client groups and ages. No art experience is needed. All clients will receive an initial assessment, this space is for you to talk a little about what has brought you to therapy, the process and whether it is something you would like to do. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Art Psychotherapist registered with HCPC and BAAT.
I have experience of working with adolescents, adults, families and couples. I have worked with individuals with a wide range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and more. I have been working at St Christopher's hospice for several years. I work with individuals with terminal illnesses as well as family members and bereavement. Other areas I am especially experienced in are substance abuse issues, including working with family and friends as well as victims of emotional abuse and domestic violence. I have also worked extensively with those with ASD (Autism spectrum disorder), learning difficulties and chronic illness.
Masters in Art Psychotherapy with a Merit from Goldsmiths University of London
BA (Hons) in Illustration from The Arts University Bournemouth
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design from The Arts University Bournemouth
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
Individual Art Psychotherapy, 50 minutes: £60
Group Art Psychotherapy (group size 4-6), 1hour and 30 minutes: £45
I am also open to offering discounted fees to trainees or clients looking for long term work.