What is art therapy?

Child painting - Open group

Medical art therapy is used to help young people who have a wide range of chronic illnesses and physical disabilities to adjust and adapt to their life-limiting conditions.

We know that long term health problems can cause anxiety, anger or upset for children and their families, and may be difficult to talk about. With the guidance of an art therapist, art therapy offers a safe space for children and young people to express and deal with difficult feelings using non-verbal communication.

Being in the creative process often leads to being able to share worries in ways previously not possible, helping children gain confidence, feel more in control and cope with their condition.

All of our art therapists are fully qualified allied health professionals and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.