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Art & creative therapy

Explore private mental health art therapy in London at Schoen Clinic Chelsea

Step into the world of art therapy, where creativity becomes a powerful tool for healing and self-discovery.

Experience how our specialised art therapy services unlock new pathways for expression, resilience, and personal growth.

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What is art therapy?


Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that utilises the creative process of making art to improve mental, emotional, and even physical wellbeing. This page is dedicated to individuals seeking a therapeutic outlet for self-expression, healing, and personal growth.


Our goal at Schoen Clinic is to provide a safe and supportive environment where participants can explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences through various artistic mediums.


Whether coping with stress, trauma, or seeking personal insight, art therapy offers a non-verbal means of communication, encouraging self-awareness, resilience, and empowerment. Join us on this transformative journey of self-discovery and healing through the power of art.


What types of mental health conditions can art or creative therapy help?


Art therapy serves as a versatile and effective approach to addressing various mental health challenges by harnessing the creative process for therapeutic benefit. Through art therapy, participants can explore and process complex emotions in a safe and non-verbal manner, allowing for deeper self-expression and understanding. For those struggling with anxiety, art therapy offers a calming outlet to release tension and promote relaxation. Similarly, individuals dealing with depression may find solace and a sense of accomplishment in the creative act, boosting mood and self-esteem.


Art therapy proves invaluable across various mental health conditions, including:


  • Anxiety disorders: Provides a calming outlet to release tension and promote relaxation

  • Depression: Boosts mood and self-esteem through creative expression and accomplishment

  • Trauma: Facilitates safe exploration and processing of traumatic experiences, fostering resilience and empowerment

  • Grief and loss: Supports the mourning process and offers avenues for finding meaning amidst loss

  • Self-esteem issues: Promotes self-discovery, self-expression and a positive sense of self-worth.


Art therapy can be particularly beneficial for trauma survivors, providing a means to safely revisit and process traumatic experiences while building resilience and empowerment. For those navigating grief and loss, engaging in creative expression can facilitate the mourning process, helping individuals honour their emotions and find meaning in their journey.


Additionally, art therapy promotes mindfulness and self-awareness, offering participants a tool for self-reflection and personal growth. Whether seeking to alleviate symptoms of mental illness or simply explore one's inner world, art therapy at Schoen Clinic offers a transformative path towards healing and well-being.

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Get in touch with our caring team today about art and creative therapy


If you're looking for art and creative therapy sessions with a specialist, please reach out to our team.


Our mental health and wellbeing clinic in London offers private outpatient sessions for children, teens and adults with appointments in as little as 24 hours.


Art therapy is also included as part of inpatient treatment for children and teens with eating disorders in Birmingham and adults in York.


Email our caring team today to get started.


How much does creative therapy cost?


The cost of different types of treatment, therapy or support will vary. See our full breakdown of our prices and funding options for more information or specific costs.

What's the difference between seeing a therapist and an art therapist?


While traditional therapy often relies on verbal communication, art therapy utilizes visual arts as a medium for expression and exploration. The focus is not solely on the end art product but rather on the process of creation, allowing individuals to delve into their thoughts and experiences in a non-verbal way. This approach is particularly beneficial for those who struggle to articulate their feelings verbally or who find it challenging to engage in traditional talk therapies.


Art therapy is suitable for individuals of all ages and can address a wide range of mental health concerns. Unlike traditional therapy, which primarily focuses on dialogue, art therapy offers a unique avenue for self-discovery and healing through creative expression.


What does a typical art therapy session look like? What should I expect?


At Schoen Clinic, our art therapy sessions typically begin with a brief check-in where participants may share how they're feeling or any goals they have for the session. The art therapist then guides the group or individual through various art-making activities, which could include drawing, painting, sculpting, or collage, among others. Participants are encouraged to express themselves freely through the art materials provided, with the focus on the process rather than the end result.


Throughout the session, the art therapist may offer prompts or themes to explore, but participants are also welcome to work on whatever feels most meaningful to them. The therapist provides a supportive and non-judgemental environment, allowing individuals to express themselves authentically and explore their thoughts and emotions through their artwork.


At the end of the session, there may be an opportunity for group members to share their artwork and reflections if they feel comfortable, though this is typically optional. The therapist may also facilitate a discussion or reflection on the creative process and any insights gained during the session.


Overall, participants can expect a safe and supportive space where they can engage in creative expression, explore their feelings, and gain insight into their mental health and wellbeing.

Why is art therapy a successful means of treatment?


Art therapy proves successful as a treatment method due to its multifaceted approach and unique benefits. Firstly, it incorporates elements of psychoeducation, breathing techniques, relaxation, and stress reduction, providing individuals with practical tools to manage their mental health.


Through creative expression, participants engage in symbolic communication, tapping into subconscious emotions and experiences that may be difficult to verbalise. This symbolic expression allows for flexibility, making art therapy suitable for different personality types and therapeutic needs.


Art therapy also offers a playful and non-intimidating approach to therapy, making it accessible and effective for individuals who may be resistant to traditional talk therapy methods. The act of creating art can feel less clinical and more exploratory, allowing participants to engage in therapy without feeling like they're in a traditional therapeutic setting. This approach is particularly beneficial for those who thrive in environments where creativity and self-expression are encouraged.


In addition to its standalone benefits, art therapy may also be used as part of a wider therapeutic approach, complementing other forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or exposure therapy. By incorporating art therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan, individuals can experience holistic healing that addresses various aspects of their mental health and wellbeing.

Is art therapy the same as CBT?


While art therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) share the goal of promoting mental health and wellbeing, they differ significantly in their approaches and methodologies.


Art therapy emphasises creative expression as a means of exploring emotions and experiences, while CBT focuses on identifying and changing unhelpful thought patterns and behaviours. However, art therapy can be integrated into CBT practices, creating a hybrid approach known as Cognitive-Behavioral Art Therapy (CBAT).


In CBAT, individuals use artistic expression to augment traditional CBT techniques, such as creating visual representations of thoughts and emotions or engaging in creative exercises to challenge negative beliefs. The role of art in CBT for treating anxiety, for example, allows individuals to externalise and process their anxious thoughts tangibly and expressively, enhancing the therapeutic process. Both modalities may be used depending on the individual's preferences and the nature of their condition.

Why choose Schoen Clinic for art therapy?


With a dedicated focus on holistic wellbeing, we offer tailored art therapy sessions designed to address a range of mental health concerns. Our team of therapists brings extensive experience and training in utilising creative expression to support individuals on their therapeutic journey.


Additionally, our integrated approach to mental health care at Schoen Clinic ensures that art therapy is seamlessly incorporated into comprehensive treatment plans, providing individuals with the resources and support they need to achieve lasting healing and recovery.

Doone Smith

Child Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

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