What is Art Therapy? Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy where you are given the opportunity to express and work through difficulties creatively and not have to rely on words…and you don’t have to be ‘good at art’! The Art Therapist is neither an art teacher nor an art critic, rather they help the individual find an understanding of themselves through images and words…there is no right or wrong way.
Art Therapists work with all ages, from young children through to the older generation, and a wide range of settings (e.g. NHS, social care, schools, prisons and probation) and cover a diverse mix of presentations, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm, schizophrenia, dementia and palliative care.
After a background of working with the elderly and homeless, Cliff Free has worked with children and families for 20 years, in main stream and special schools and now in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health). He works very holistically and flexibly – he is also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and Autism assessments and has worked in Family Therapy Teams for many years.
Art Therapy is a Registered Profession with the HCPC and all members are registered with BAAT (British Profession of Art Therapists), and the website www.baat.org has wealth of info on the profession and its place in the therapy world.
Cliff is very happy to offer free 15 min consultations at the Broadstone Clinic to provide an idea of how I could be helpful.
Cliff Free BAAT HCPC