Does your worry, anxiety and stress feel overwhelming?
Worry, anxiety and stress can make you feel overwhelmed and strangely lonely.
There’s an empty feeling inside – along with a mixed-up knot of worry.
And your friends, colleagues and family don’t really know quite how much you’re feeling lost. You don’t know why, but you even have a feeling that if other people knew that you felt this way, you’d somehow be letting them down. You certainly wouldn’t admit to them that sometimes you even wonder what the point of your life is.
And to make matters worse, you feel you have no reason to be feeling this way.
You tell yourself you ought to be grateful, and that you should learn to be content with how things are. You feel cross with yourself for not being able to simply enjoy life and be happy with how things are.
Art Psychotherapy could be exactly what you need!
Once a week, in the privacy of my art psychotherapy studio, we begin together to make sense of your life. Together we figure out what’s been missing, and how you can feel whole again. You can begin to get glimpses of the loveable inner spark that you feared was lost.
As an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, I help you by:
- Deeply listening to you on many different levels.
- Teaching you skills and techniques so you can calm your nervous system more effectively.
- Helping you get in touch with your feelings in a gentle way that feels safe, understood, and manageable.
- Helping you to piece together your life story, so that it makes sense, and stops being such a jumbled mix of feelings, odd memories and worrying thoughts.
- Helping you compassionately integrate the aspects of you that you always felt were shameful and too difficult to accept or understand.
- Helping you to connect to your own creativity and discover that you too are a deeply creative person.
- Providing a confidential, non-judgemental, accepting relationship that has clear boundaries and enables you to feel safe and understood.
- Holding the space for you to gradually figure out what ‘being yourself’ actually means in practice.
Therapy helps you connect with your own deep-down sense of meaning and self-acceptance.
But: For therapy to work, you’ll need to commit your time, energy and money. It’s a big investment in yourself. So wouldn’t it be better to keep going as you already are, and hope that things will change for the better on their own?
Okay. Let’s think about what might happen if you don’t dare to invest in connecting to yourself through psychotherapy.
Of course we don’t have a crystal ball, so we can’t reliably see into the future. But consider this: You might just keep on feeling worried, stressed, lost and deep-down lonely for the rest of your life.
You might live your whole life with a shadow walking beside you – a shadow containing all the unlived possibilities of who you could be. And you’d never know… You’d never know what pictures you might create, what stories you might write, or what a calming, inspiring presence you could be for your family or friends.
Without therapy, you might never discover how to create the beautiful, unique dance of simply being your authentic and creative self. You might never learn how to love and accept yourself including (and even embracing) all your imperfections and difficult bits.
Who will you become if you work with me in psychotherapy? Yourself.
You’ll become more yourself.
You’ll gradually become less scared of your feelings, and more able to feel them in a straightforward way that feels manageable.
Together, at a pace that feels right for you, we’ll make sense of the difficult things that have happened in your life, so that they no longer feel like such a worrying, confusing muddle of complicated thoughts and feelings.
You’ll learn that your creativity is yours, and you’ll experience how it can be meaningful to you.
You’ll learn how to support yourself better when life gets tough.
You’ll develop ways of reaching out to others so you can give and receive help without always feeling like you lose yourself.
Are you ready to discover how you can connect with your deepest creative self – so you can heal your anxiety, make sense of your life, and feel whole again?
If you’re interested in discussing how Integrative Arts Psychotherapy sessions here in north Essex might help you, contact me today and book your free 15-minute phone consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in sessions?
We talk. And we try things out: techniques for calming and de-stressing, meditations and visualisations, creative imagination exercises. We might add in arts materials such as sand-tray, puppets, paints, clay, play-dough, collage, poetry-writing, postcards, pens/pastels/crayons…
Most of all, art psychotherapy is about the wonderful, positive transformations that can happen in your brain and nervous system when you truly ‘feel felt’.
Do I have to be good at art?
Nope! This is not about being ‘good at art’. The arts are a powerful channel to help you access the wisdom and lived experience held in your whole brain (and body). Artistic skill does not make this process any more (or any less) effective. Art psychotherapy is completely different to an art lesson! We’re not interested in judging artwork; we just enquire and get gently, respectfully curious, because we know your creativity opens a precious window into your deeper self.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is £65 per session.
Sounds great! When can I start?
The first step is to find out if I am the best therapist for you, or if another therapist might actually be a better fit for what you need. So first we need to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation. After that, if we both feel that we would like to try an initial assessment session, we can then schedule a time to meet. The assessment session is a chance to get more of a feel for what’s needed, and to decide if you and I feel we can work well together. An assessment session costs the same as a normal session.
Do you work online by video, email, live chat or phone?
Yes. You can read more about online therapy here.
* Restrictions operate regarding UK therapists working online with people residing in certain other countries; if you live abroad and need more information about this, please ask.