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Bryson Sure Start Lisburn

Lisburn Sure Start aims to deliver “the best start in life” for every child. They offer a range of free programmes and services for all

AMH New Horizons Lisburn

AMH New Horizons supports the recovery of adults experiencing mental ill health who are interested in progressing towards further education, training or employment.   Services

The Rowan

Our professional and highly trained Team deliver a range of support and services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children, young people,

Speedwell Family Support

We have three experienced family support workers in the Speedwell Family support team, our goal is to improve and sustain better mental health and wellbeing

Larne Community Care Centre

LCCC is a non-profit facility that operates various support projects for the community.   Services:   Child Care Services: Providing affordable childcare Day Care for

The Village Armagh

The Village is an inclusive space for women and children to gather and be, where they are supported and support others with compassion, empathy and

Care for Cancer

Care for Cancer is a local charity dedicated to the support of cancer patients, their families, their carers and those bereaved by cancer.  We provide

What is Art Therapy?

Written by Erin and Nina

“From my personal experience of art therapy and from being a trainee art therapist myself, I would argue that this is an amazing form of therapy, which allows you to express yourself and work through your emotions in a healthy way. Even if you feel like the therapy may not be for you, you are able to learn so many new tools and techniques to help ground and connect with yourself.” – Nina

“Art Therapy is a fantastic way to process trauma, worries and grief. From personal experience as well as from sessions as a trainee, I’ve seen how playing with art materials can help an individual to process emotions that they would be unable to verbalise. Art therapy is not about how good your art is, but how it makes you feel. There is no right or wrong and this is one of my favourite things about this type of therapy.” – Erin

Erin Heeley & Nina Johnston. Erin & Nina are both trainee art therapists.

What is Art Therapy?


A form of psychotherapy that uses art as a way to communicate. The therapist doesn’t use the art as a diagnostic tool, but instead as a way of communicating. This can be favourable for those who find it difficult to communicate how they are feeling verbally. It can often be hard to put words to how we’re feeling or it can be difficult to say some things out loud. This is why through this type of therapy, words are not necessarily needed.

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TEXT: You don’t need to be good to do Art Therapy - the art created in each session is solely for you as a way to express your emotions. 
IMAGE: Painted canvas

What’s involved?

This can be one-to-one or in a group setting, but it’s not an art lesson! You don’t need to be good at art to do the sessions – the work created in each session is solely for you as a way to express your emotions. 

Some of the art materials used can be pencils, pens, soft pastels, oil pastels, paint, cardboard, clay, watercolour paint, collage and many, many more.

Image for "What is Art Therapy?"IMAGE: Pots of paint brushes, colouring pencils and art supplies.

Who is this therapy suitable for?

It is suitable for all ages and abilities such as children, adolescents, adults or elderly. Equally, it can be beneficial for people with physical or learning disabilities, neurological conditions and chronic illnesses.

Everyone is unique and not all styles of therapy will feel right. But if you enjoy making art, or find it difficult to put words to how you are feeling or you even find it hard to talk to someone then this type of therapy may be able to help.

Eva Swanston
Author: Eva Swanston

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  1. Melanie Smylie

    I would love to do this and feel it would help me in a massive way but I find in my area it either not available or costs too much .

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