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Art Psychotherapy (Midlothian)

The service gives people the opportunity to work with their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing using art materials alongside talking.

Please note that this service is currently only available to people living in Midlothian. We are unable to accept referrals from people living in Edinburgh.

Those who attend Art Psychotherapy will learn more about themselves, their relationships and their feelings and through this awareness begin to make changes in their lives. We offer one-to-one therapy and group work.

The art materials can give a voice to feelings that are hard to express. Sometimes words may not be easy, but squeezing wet sticky clay, drawing, painting or cutting things up can give expression to something deep down. 

We work with people who have suffered trauma, abuse, loss and who are struggling with the impact of this.

During the COVID19 pandemic we have been exploring new ways to deliver our service. We are now starting to see group and individuals in public venues, with COVID measures in place.

We understand that for some people this is not an option, and we continue to offer a blended approach with some parts of our service offered on the telephone and online.

Online Art therapy group

We are currently offering a weekly Art therapy group on Monday 1.00-2.30pm on Zoom. This is open to anyone who has been referred or has self-referred to the Art Psychotherapy service and who is not currently engaged in either of our groups, or who has just recently ended their therapeutic support.

The group does not require weekly attendance and can be used as frequently or infrequently as you like. Attending this group does not affect your position on the Art Psychotherapy waiting list for one to one or long-term group support. We ask that anyone intending to join, email us by midday on the day they wish to attend, and we will forward the Zoom details.

Six Month Art Psychotherapy Group

We are currently seeking new referrals for our six-month art psychotherapy group. This is for individuals currently seeking group art therapeutic support for six months, who have some previous experience of therapy. If you're interested in sending a referral for the next group, please get in touch using the contact details below. 

Art Psychotherapy Year-long Group

The year-long group uses creative and therapeutic processes to explore individually and collectively, thoughts and feelings and how we relate both to ourselves and to others. The group is helpful to those who may have experienced past trauma and/or loss. It offers a safe and supportive environment to bear witness to difficult experiences and to begin processing these. It can help people gain new perspectives and better coping strategies and can help people to connect more deeply with themselves and with others.

The current year-long art psychotherapy group started online in June 2021.

How to access the service

There is currently a waiting list for 1-1 art psychotherapy, however, we are prioritising assessments and individuals can access the online weekly group as soon as they have had an initial referral meeting.

New people are offered an initial assessment of up to 3 sessions with a further session to review. This helps to determine whether art psychotherapy support is appropriate.

You can self-refer or be referred by someone else.

Once we hear from you, we will be in touch to let you know more about the service and to make sure it’s the right service for you.

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