About

Andrew Phillips

Art Psychotherapist 

I am an Art Psychotherapist and visual artist, with over ten years experience of working with children, young people, and adults of all ages, in the field of mental health and social care.

 

Art therapy is a type of psychotherapy that uses the process of making art alongside the therapeutic relationship, to help explore and work through emotional, or behavioural problems, and other challenging circumstance that may be causing difficulty in your life.

 

Creating art images in this safe and supportive environment is a way to tell your story, whatever culture you come from, to be listened to carefully, with no assumptions being made in relation to your past or present. Although the nature of the work may be difficult at times, the sessions can also be good humoured and enjoyable.

Qualifications

  • MA Art Psychotherapy, Goldsmiths College, University of London

  • Ba(Hons) 1st Class, Fine Art, University of South Wales.

 

I am a registered practitioner with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Experience

I have worked as an Art Psychotherapist for an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, in addition to other roles in adult NHS mental health services. I have also managed an accommodation for young adults classed as vulnerable in partnership with a local authority, and worked within a residential adult mental health service in the private sector. In addition, I have continued to make and exhibit my own artwork.

Clients I work with

 

Art therapy is a versatile therapy, suitable for children, young people, and adults of all ages. I work with people seeking to address specific difficulties, and also those who seek to develop their creative work through the insight that psychotherapy can provide.

 

What can this therapy help with?

 

Art therapy can help with a wide range of emotional, behavioural, or relationship problems. Including; Depression, Loneliness, Self-esteem and confidence, Bereavement, Anxiety, Stress, Addiction, Trauma, Anger, Work-related issues.

 

About art therapy

 

Art psychotherapy is suitable for all, and you do not need to have any experience of using art materials or making art to engage in this therapy. In art therapy the emphasis is on using the materials in an expressive and explorative manner, as a means of communication, alongside talking with the therapist. It is not the case that the therapist will tell you what your pictures ‘mean,’ or seek to diagnose you simply by looking at what you have made. Instead, it is about carefully considering what is happening through the process of making, and with the aid of the therapist you will develop your ability to consider and understand the meaning behind what has been made.

 

Booking information

 

Introductory session, short term and ongoing work.

 

£45 per hour - weekdays before 5:30pm.

 

£50 per hour - 5:30pm onwards and weekends.

 

Concession available for - Over 65’s / Unwaged, if required.

 

Discount given when booking and paying in advance for block of 6 sessions.

 

Art materials are provided.

Contact

Contact me to arrange an introductory session (1 hour): aphillips.arts@gmail.com